Earl Crouch Jr

"My fellowship director, Dr. Marshall Parks, is fondly referred to as 'the father of pediatric ophthalmology.' He was a great teacher and mentor, who taught not only about diagnosis and management of children's eye disorders, but also about how to relate well to the patient and parents."

Dr. Earl Crouch

(757) 461-0050
Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology


Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Illinois Eye/Ear Infirmary

Fellowship: Children's National Medical Center


Originally from Richmond, VA, Dr. Crouch came to Norfolk specifically because of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). In addition to patient care, he is interested in clinical research and educating future ophthalmologists.

Dr. Crouch helped establish the Department of Ophthalmology at EVMS and served as Chairman of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director for many years. For a number of years, he was also chief of ophthalmology at CHKD. Currently, he is a professor of ophthalmology and associate professor of pediatrics at EVMS.

Dr. Crouch helped develop topical treatment for traumatic hyphema (bleeding in the eye) and developed the Crouch Corneal Protector, used to protect the cornea and sclera during eye surgery. He recently served on the executive committee of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, which is involved with the National Institutes of Health on a number of clinical studies related to the eyes.

Dr. Crouch completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.He has also made multiple medical mission trips to Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

Clinical Interests
  • Strabismus (eye muscle disorders)
  • Amblyopia
  • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Congenital cataracts and glaucoma
Research Areas
  • Pediatric Cataracts
  • Amblyopia
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Hypertropia
  • Convergence Insufficiency
  • Duane's syndrome 
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2017
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014, 2015
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Honor Award, Senior Honor Award.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School: Outstanding Community Faculty Award.
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • Served on the Board of Trustees, University of Richmond
  • Coached all five of his children in sports, including soccer, baseball, and basketball 

Dr. Crouch has been published in over 100 publications, including journal articles and textbook chapters and is a reviewer and member of the editorial boards for various ophthalmology journals.


(757) 461-0050

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.