Don Blackburn, O.D. - Owner / Developmental Optometrist
Dr. Blackburn enjoys helping and watching his patients improve their quality of life by obtaining better vision. He enjoys challenges that make him think "outside the box" in order to solve the issues that bring patients into his office. His office staff shares the same passion to serve their patients. Their hope is that you will enjoy the experience and family-like atmosphere at DE Vision Academy.
Dr. Blackburn has over 15 years of optometric experience. He received his Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1994. In his experience, he had the opportunity to work with Dr. David Silbert, a pediatric ophthalmologist, and Dr. Eric Singman, a neuro-ophthalmologist, at the Family Eye Group. At this practice, he was able to see many children and adults with a variety of medical and ophthalmic conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, stroke, and Lyme Disease. He also was able to work with children with Down Syndrome, dyslexia, and learning disabilities using a multi-disciplinary approach. He co-managed patients' diagnoses with occupational, physical, speech and language, and cognitive therapists and also neuro-chiropractors.
Delaware Vision Academy was first built in 2004 to provide the community with a family practice that specializes in behavioral optometric services and patient education. Even though Dr. Blackburn is required to complete a specific amount of continuing education credits, he has always gone far beyond what is necessary in his field. He believes his continued education and learning has led to DE Vision Academy's success and has kept him abreast of the certain changes of his profession in optometry. He is an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), American Optometric Association (AOA), Delaware Optometric Association, and Pennsylvania Optometric Association. He also offers education seminars with the Brain Injury Support Group of Delaware and the Brookside Lyons Club. He is the Director of Delaware Special Olympics' Opening eyes program and a consultant to schools including Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle and Newark Charter School and offers training seminars to many local elementary schools throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania. He is the Delaware Leader for the InfantSEE® program which provides exams to monitor early ocular health and development in babies.
In his spare time, Dr. B enjoys working and gardening at home, watching movies, being with his family, in-line speed skating, routing for the Buffalo Bills, vacationing and traveling, and, of course, working with his patients.
On a personal note, he is a Pennsylvania native. He is married to Jennifer Blackburn and has three wonderful children.
Talitha D'Italia, O.D.
Dr. Talitha D’Italia joined Delaware Vision Academy in the spring of 2008 as Dr. Blackburn was expanding the practice and recruiting doctors who were experienced in vision therapy. She had been practicing optometry in the western suburbs of Philadelphia since her graduation in 1997. She is experienced in general optometry, contact lenses, and treatment of ocular disease. However, she has made vision therapy her specialty. Dr. D’Italia worked as a vision therapist for two years between undergraduate and graduate school. She worked part-time for six years in a vision therapy practice and later started her own VT practice at Chester County Opticians in Exton. She was a past president of the Chester -Delaware County Optometric Society in Pennsylvania and was awarded the Young O.D. of the Year award in 2001.
Dr. D'Italia is a 1997 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. She graduated with a GPA of 3.6/4.0 and received recognition at graduation for academic excellence. She was also awarded three prestigious scholarships and offered membership in two Optometric Honor Societies. Dr. D'Italia was a teaching assistant in three classes and a tutor. She received Honors for all three externships she served.
Dr. Italia did her undergraduate work at Duke University in Durham, NC. She graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While at Duke, she received the National Merit Corporate Scholarship and a Lutheran Brotherhood Member Scholarship. Dr. D'Italia was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega (National Service Fraternity) and she studied abroad in Denmark.
Dr. D'Italia was born in Durham, NC, and spent her adolescence near Reading, PA. She is married to Jeffrey D'Italia. They have two daughters and reside in Glen Mills, PA. Dr. D'Italia strives to provide the highest quality optometric care by her thorough, knowledgeable, and caring style.
Christy Slagle, O.D.
Dr. Christy Slagle practiced optometry in Elkton, MD as the founder of Slagle Vision, specializing in behavioral optometric services, ocular health, and children's vision before joining our practice in 2008. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. Dr. Slagle received honors in ocular health and low vision rehabilitation, and has made behavioral optometry her subspecialty. Her practice working under ophthalmology at Fort Benning Army Medical Center and the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Indian Health Services in Gallup, New Mexico has awarded her vast experiences in ocular health and specialty contact lens fitting.
All of our doctors are members of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Delaware Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.