Excellence in Educational Achievement
“I believe in doing my best at whatever task is before me. This includes the compassion I offer all of those seeking help.”
Optometric Glaucoma Specialist, Texas Optometry Board
Certified Therapeutic Optometrist, Texas Optometry BoardLicensed Optometrist, the Texas Optometry Board
Doctorate of Optometry, University of Houston (Summa Cum Laude)
Graduate, University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude)
Frequent Speaker and Author
“Sharing what I have learned with others means that I must stay informed on the latest developments in eye care and connective tissue disorders.”
Author, The Driscoll Theory® – The Cause of POTS in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and how to reverse the process
Contributing medical authors: Drs. De, Doherty, Ferreira, Meglathery, and Pazun
Key-note Speaker, Hydrocephalus Adult and Pediatric Conference, July 25 2014, Austin, Texas
Author, Your Eyes and EDS – Exploring the Ocular Effects of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Guest Host, Tweet-chat for the Journal of the American College of Radiology, September 26, 2013
Speaker, EDS Awareness, October 2, 2013, “The Ocular Effects of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome”
Speaker, Dallas EDS Support Group, October 11, 2013, “Your Eyes and EDS – Truth or Myth?”
Presenter, American Optometric Association’s Annual Meeting,
Lecturer, International Society for Neurovascular Disease, Feb 18-23, 2012. Orlando, FL.
Lecture: “CCSVI: The Eyes Have It”.
Three peer-reviewed abstracts presented:
“Acetazolamide as a medical treatment option for patients with neurodegenerative disease in conjunction with or independent of, angioplasty for Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency CCSVI)”
“Vascular Fundus Changes Observed In Patients With A High Probability of CCSVI” (patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and multiple sclerosis)
“Cardiac Effects In The Multiple Sclerosis Patient”
Presenter, Global CCSVI Expo, Nov. 21,22, 2011. Co-presenter: Dr. Clair Francomano. “Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis – is there a connection?”
Lecturer, September 9, 10, 2011: “New Discoveries, New Beginnings – A CCSVI Research and Education Forum”, British Columbia, Canada. “Bold Proposals for Medical Management of CCSVI”
Lecturer, The Second Annual CCSVI Symposium, NY, NY; July 15-17, 2011. “Clinical Trials – New Thoughts on CCSVI and M.S.”
Author, “The Driscoll Theory – Part 1 and Part 2– The Role of External Communicating Hydrocephalus, Mast Cell Disease and CCSVI as the Cause of POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.”
Lecturer at the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Convention, 2006
Chief Author, “Ophthalmology Medical Resource Guide”, Advisory Panel, Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
Lecturer, American Optometric Association’s Annual Congress, 1999.
Numerous public appearances including radio (WOAI) and TV (“Good Morning Austin”).
Professional publications include: Optometry News, 1983; Review of Optometry, 1999; American Optometric Association News, 1999; Optometric Management, 1999.
Co-authored numerous publications for optometrists and other doctors on how to prepare their offices for the year 2000.
Professional Achievements & Activities
“As both a doctor and a connective tissue disorder patient, I am in the unique position to assist patients and medical professionals.”
Researcher: Conducting numerous clinical trials for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis including:
Clinical Trial NCT#01367977 “Head Circumference Growth in Children with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Who
Develop Dysautonomia Later in Life.”
Clinical Trial NCT #01377805 “Head Circumference Growth in Children Who Develop Multiple Sclerosis Later in Life”
Clinical Trial NCT #01356134 “Vascular Fundus Changes in Patients with High Probability of CCSVI (Chronic
Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency)
Founder, Genetic Disease Investigators, LLC
Patient advocate for those with connective tissue disorders, multiple sclerosis or those suspecting such diagnoses.
Medical Advisory Board, EDS Network C.A.R.E.S.
Member, Lifetime Member, American Optometric Association
Certificate of Appreciation, American Optometric Association
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” (Barbara Bush)
Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
Member, author and speaker 2004 – 2010
EDS Network C.A.R.E.S
Medical Advisory Board, Supporter, author and contributor.
Creator of PrettyIll.com, a website devoted to helping those with EDS, MS and related “invisible illnesses. A frequently sought-out consultant by doctors and patients alike.
Numerous clinical trials involving connective tissue disease, multiple sclerosis, interstitial cystitis, non-neuropathic POTS and related conditions.
Honored Numerous Times
“Recognition by my peers is a great compliment for which I am both grateful and proud.”
Albert Schweitzer Award
Who’s Who in Medicine
Texas Association of Optometrists Foundation of Excellence Award
Ave Custos Oculi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Contact Lens Studies
Excellence in Optics Award
Excellence in Pathology Award
Barnes-Hind Hydrocurve Contact Lens Award
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Fraternity
Honor Fraternities: Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta, Alpha Lambda Delta
Dr. Diana Driscoll is currently involved full-time in research and sees patients involved in research studies. Dr. Diana Driscoll is not involved in routine eye care.