Earl Crouch III

"CHKD is an excellent forum for collaboration among physicians in approaching pediatric patients as a multi-disciplinarian team. CHKD enables us as providers the opportunity to efficiently network as a collective team of physicians, nurses, and therapists and together address the child as a whole."

Dr. Earl (Eric) Crouch

(757) 461-0050

Practice
Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology

Education

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Residency: Geisinger Medical Center

Fellowship: Children's Medical Center DC

Bio

 

Dr. Eric Crouch is a clinical scientist and physician with nearly 20 years dedicated to ophthalmic research and pediatric eye disease studies.  These efforts have culminated in serving at the National level for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute.

A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Crouch worked closely with staff of the Thomas Lee Center for Ocular Pharmacology at EVMS as a college student and throughout medical school in various ophthalmic research since 1995.

Dr. Crouch completed his ophthalmology residency at Geisinger Medical Center  and a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has authored several publications on ophthalmology and has presented numerous times at national meetings of  the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Currently he is actively involved in ongoing amblyopia research funded by the National Institute of Health and National Eye Institute.  He has served as the chief of ophthalmology for the Norfolk-based Sentara Hospitals from 2006-2008 and previously served on the executive committee of the National Institute of Health/National Eye Institute Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group prior to being elected as a Vice-Chair for the organization.

Dr. Crouch is an associate professor of ophthalmology and assistant professor of pediatrics at EVMS.  Dr. Crouch is also Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Since 2006, he has served on the Surgical Authorities Committee at CHKD.  

Dr. Crouch was elected vice-chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) in 2014 and serves on PEDIG's operations committee and executive committee. The PEDIG is a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multicenter clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children. The network, which was formed in 1997, is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). There are currently over 105 participating sites with over 700 pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric optometrists, and staff in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. His practice remains active in numerous clinical trials and provides some of the latest available treatments in pediatric eye diseases.  

For cases of chronic tearing, Dr. Eric Crouch performs nasolacrimal duct probings, dilations, canalicular stents, and endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy procedures.  For select strabismus cases he offers adjustable suture strabismus surgery. He also manages pediatric eyelid disorders, congenital ptosis, pediatric glaucoma, and general pediatric ophthalmology conditions.

In addition to providing patient care, he remains committed to both clinical research and resident education in both ophthalmology and pediatric departments. He regularly offers his expertise in lectures to fellow physicians, medical students, residents, and other allied health professionals.

Clinical Interests
  • Strabismus (eye muscle disorders)
  • Amblyopia
  • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Congenital cataracts and glaucoma
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
Research Areas
  • Pediatric Visual Development and Visual Behavior
  • Pediatric Cataracts
  • Amblyopia
  • Eye misalignment (lazy eye)
  • Convergence Insufficiency
  • Duane's syndrome 
  • Pediatric Glaucoma
Honors & Awards
  • Vice-Chair, Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG)
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School: Outstanding Community Faculty Award
  • Hampton Roads Top Doc, 2013
  • Ophthalmology Faculty of the Year, 2013
  • Best in Show, AAPOS, 2008
  • Nasolacrimal Duct PEDIG Award, 2008
  • PEDIG Performance Award, 2008
Special Interests
  • Pediatric and adult strabismus
  • Pediatric cataracts
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Various amblyopia treatments
  • Pediatric visual development
  • Congenital cataracts
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Congenital disorders
  • Chemodenervation for strabismus
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • Unite for Sight faculty advisor at EVMS
  • Medical projects to Mexico and Central America
  • ForKids volunteer

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