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Kelsey Moody, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Section of Optometry


Kelsey Moody, OD, FAAO, is an optometrist with additional training in neuro-ophthalmology. She joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in September 2018.

Dr. Moody received her undergraduate degree in biology at Florida State University and studied optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She then completed an advanced two-year residency in neuro-ophthalmic disease at The Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania College of Optometry/Salus University.

Dr. Moody has been active in her community, including offering free optometric services and vision screenings through the Special Olympics, National Urban League, and other organizations. She was named as one of the “Top 50 Young Innovators” as part of Primary Care Optometry News’s 2017 list of 300 innovators in optometry.

“I followed in my father’s footsteps when I chose to study optometry,” Dr. Moody says. “I was submerged in the field at a young age by being in his office and by needing glasses and contact lenses myself. I liked how optometry provided an entry point to healthcare, where multiple systemic conditions can be found during a routine examination.”

During her optometric career, she gravitated toward neuro-ophthalmic disease and ocular emergency while on her externship rotations.

“I also love education” she adds. “My previous work was at an optometry school where I provided both clinical and didactic education in addition to direct patient care. I look forward to working with residents and medical students at Emory.”

Dr. Moody’s research interests include ocular manifestations of neuro-degenerative disease and nutrition and ocular disease.

National Recognition

Dr. Moody is a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She also holds memberships in the American Optometric Association and has earned Fellow status in the American Academy of Optometry.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Neuro-ophthalmic disease

• Diagnoses and treatment for ocular emergencies

• Co-management of patients with ocular manifestations of systemic disease

• Comprehensive eye care for adults and children

Undergraduate: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2007-11

Postgraduate: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Elkins Park, PA, 2011-15 (Doctor of Optometry)

Residency: The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Elkins Park, PA 2015-17 (Neuro-ophthalmic Disease)

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