Katharine Ariana Funari, O.D., M.P.H.

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  • Optometrist
  • Instructor of Ophthalmology


Amblyopia, Comprehensive Eye Care, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Pediatric Eye Diseases, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service ...read more

Research Interests

Pediatric Eye Diseases

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Outside of Maryland & Washington D.C.

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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda

Appointment Phone: 240-482-1100
6430 Rockledge Drive
Westmoreland Building, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20817 map

Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Frederick

Appointment Phone: 301-620-9268
161 Thomas Johnson Drive
Suite 275
Frederick, MD 21702 map


Katharine Funari, O.D., M.P.H., is a pediatric optometrist caring for patients in Bethesda, Maryland. She specializes in vision care for disorders of strabismus, amblyopia (lazy eye) and convergence insufficiency. She has particular interest in myopia control methods of orthokeratology, atropine therapy and multifocal contact lenses. Other interests include acquired brain injury including concussion and vision rehabilitation. 

Along with surgical specialists, Dr. Funari co-manages the treatment of strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma and retinal disease. She also provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages and has additional experience with contact lens fittings and emergency eye care in the treatment of uveitis, corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis. 

Dr. Funari received her Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she was awarded clinical honors and the Good-Lite Award for advanced competency in binocular vision and pediatric vision care. She received additional training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina; and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, both in Philadelphia.

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  • Optometrist
  • Instructor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions



  • The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (2019)

Additional Training

  • OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry (2018)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Funari’s research interests include the management of pediatric eye conditions, binocular vision disorders, amblyopia and strabismus. She is active in research related to early intervention and diagnosis of eye conditions affecting infants and children, and its impact on children’s development and school performance. 

Activities & Honors


  • Clinical Honors, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Dr. Robert A. Kraskin Award, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Verma Award for Community Service, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Good-Lite Award, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Legacy of Leadership Award, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Luxottica Optical Women’s Association Scholarship


  • American Academy of Optometry (AAO)-Fellow
  • College Optometrists in Vision Development- Associate Member
  • Maryland Optometric Association

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Defeating Digital Eye Strain - 20/20 Magazine (Feb. 2021)

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