Kohtz and Spurling O.D.

Meet Dr. Janet Kohtz and Dr. April Spurling


Dr. Kohtz attended UCLA and is a graduate of the Los Angeles College of Optometry with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Optometry. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Western University College of Optometry, a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Kohtz is also a member of the Optometric Extension Program and the American Optometric Association as well as the California Optometric Association.

She is a life member of the Alumni Association of the Southern California College of Optometry, and was on the board of the National Society for Vision and Perception Training. She has received certificates of appreciation from the Western University College of Optometry, the College of Optometry in Vision Development, the Optometric Extension Program and the Southern California Vision Therapy Forum, as well as Parents Active for Vision Education. She is a participating Doctor of Optometry in Vision USA.
Dr. Janet Kohtz practices neuro optometry in Riverside, California.

Dr. April Spurling focuses her practice on Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation. She works with patients who have experienced visual changes following a neurological event such as a stroke, cerebral vascular accident, traumatic brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease among others.  She also works with children and adults who have vision related learning difficulties and strabismus.

Dr. Spurling is a graduate of Western University College of Optometry.  She completed a fellowship in Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation at the Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation under Dr. William Padula.  She is the recipient of the Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation Award and the OEP clinical curriculum award.



Dr. Janet Kohtz O.D. & Dr. April Spurling

6700 Indiana Ave., Ste. 155
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: 951-682-1600
Fax: 951-682-1680

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  1. I had an interesting meeting last week with Dr. Janet E. Kohtz, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., N.O.R.A. an optometrist in Riverside, CA., who enlightened me about changes in vision for people who have Parkinson’s disease. I made an appointment with Dr. Kohtz, because I had heard that she had special lenses that could help Parkinson’s patients. In spending three and half hours with the doctor and her staff, I became very aware of how important vision affects walking, balance, penmanship and even cognition. Parkinson’s patients with impaired vision will also suffer fatigue. What I learned was vision is more than seeing 20-20.
    After a normal eye exam, the doctor and her staff added a test version of prism glasses with a particular strength. I was asked to walk a few yards and to relate back to the staff what I was feeling. I immediately realized that I was standing more erect and was holding my head higher after putting on the special eyewear. I tried on a number of different prisms and we decided on the one that worked the best. What I realized was that my peripheral vision was missing or partially impaired because of the Parkinson’s. What’s interesting is that these prisms can be incorporated into your regular prescription eyeglasses.
    Dr. Kohtz’s staff then ran me through a number of vision tests. These tests were designed to more specifically determine the amount of peripheral vision I had lost and how large my blind spots had grown with increased age. They also put me on a machine that required me to hold in my tremor hand a gun that shot beams of light instead of bullets. The purpose of this was to see what happened neurologically when I was given stimulus visually. This required me to use the light gun, held at my hip, to hit moving targets on a screen. Even though my tremors are somewhat sporadic, everyone was amazed that the tremors in my hand completely disappeared when I concentrated on using the light gun to shoot the targets on the screen.
    After the day was through I was exhausted from all the concentration that was required by the testing, but amazed at what one can do to help oneself, if one will take the time to educate oneself about the problems that may come his or her way during one’s lifetime.

  2. I love hearing all of the good news coming from Dr. Kohtz’s work. Who would ever have thought that correct vision had so much to do with ambulating, balance, penmanship and even cognition? If you have been to Dr. Kohtz and received benefit, or not as much benefit as you were hoping for, please let the world know by writing a message. Thank you so much, the world needs your input.
    Jo Rosen

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