John Casto, O.D.

A graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virgina, John Casto, O.D. received his doctorate of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. After completion of his optometry degree, Dr. Casto served as Chief of Eye Services in the US Army in Verdun, France. Returning home to St. Albans, West Virginia to begin his private practice, he began specializing in treatment of ocular disease, pre and post-operative surgical treatment, and specialty contact lenses.

As Dr. Casto began his service to the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians, he became a tireless advocate for increasing the scope of optometry to better serve patients. As president of the WVAOP, it was his vision to work for the passing of legislation allowing optometrists to use drugs for diagnostic purposes. It was his belief that optometrists should be able to utilize their training, which includes diagnosing and treatment of many commonly experienced disease processes that respond to topical application of drugs.

The legislation put forth included not only the use of diagnostic drugs, but was the first in the nation to include therapeutics. It faced fierce opposition, and while the law was passed in 1976, it was vetoed by the governor. He continued to believe and support the importance and significance of the measure, culminating in the overwhelmingly override of the veto by both the state's House and Senate and became law later that year. 

Dr. Casto continued to lead optometry by serving as a member of the executive committee of the Southern Council of Optometrists (SECO), rising to the office of president in 1984.

Leading by example, his passion for the profession continued by his becoming the oldest practitioner in his state to successfully pass the injections course mandated by the state board of optometry to practice to the highest level of care for his patients.

In 2012, Dr. Casto was awarded the WVAOP Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the profession.