The New England College of Optometry partnered with Transitions Lenses and VSP Vision Care to bring free eye exams to Lowell High School's Freshman Academy students via the mobile eye clinics, nicknamed "Eyenstein".
New England College of Optometry Partners To Present Vision Clinics And Free Eyeglasses For Kids In Need
National Commission on Vision and Health declares children's eye health and vision care an essential health benefit....and now it's covered
Dr. Richard C. Laudon interviewed on UR Business Network on topics ranging from children's vision to traumatic brain injuries.
Thanks to all who were involved!
20 NECO students from OD1's to OD4's helped to provide vision screenings for all ages at the annual Martha Eliot Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21. Together with the New England Eye On-Site Mobile Van, and Drs. Amy Moy, Jacky Kong, and Caroline Marten-Ellis, they represented the importance of eye care to the hundreds of patients who attended the fair.
New England Eye Roslindale expands to continue meeting community's needs
When the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center (GRMDC) was in the process of developing the plans for its new clinic on Washington Street in Roslindale Village, it took special care to consider the all-encompassing medical needs of the local community. Collaborating with New England Eye, the clinical system of the New England College of Optometry, GRMDC decided to expand its offerings to include optometric services.
Read the full article.....
Congratulations to Dr. Roger Wilson.
Dr. Roger Wilson, Vice President — Health Center Programs, is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Optometry's Carel C. Koch award for his outstanding contributions to the enhancement and development of relationships between optometry and other professions. His efforts to integrate optometry and vision care into the medical home environment and the promotion of the New England Eye Network has produced tremendous advances in providing comprehensive vision services to the underserved.
We extend congratulations to Dr. Wilson, who will receive the Koch medal at an Academy ceremony in Phoenix this fall.
February 15, 2011
Presidential Medal of Freedom:
Dr. Tom Little
On Tuesday, February 15, 2011 President Barak Obama presented the Medal of Freedom (Posthumous) to Dr. Tom Little O.D. '08. This is the Nation's highest civilian honor and other 2010 recipients include former US President George H.W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Maya Angelou and Warren Buffett.
Dr. Little was honored for his three decades of humanitarian work providing vision care to the people of Afghanistan through the International Assistance Mission's NOOR program.
On August 6, 2010 Tom Little, along with nine of his team members were brutally murdered by the Taliban in the Kuran Wa Munjan district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan, as they were returning from a humanitarian mission to provide vision care in the remote Parun valley of Nuristan.
While NECO is proud that the incredible work of Dr. Little is being commended, we still mourn his loss and acknowledge the grief of his family, friends and all those who knew him.
- White House Press Release
- NOOR Eye Care
- Wenzhou Medical College's tribute to Dr. Little
Congratulations to Catherine Johnson.
See below her video highlighting the HEHP Eyes that Thrive
Project. Dr. Johnson, the grant leader, Stacy Lyons, and Kathy
Majzoub worked on this project along with Karine Martirosyan, ABCD
Health Services Director and her staff. This project, funded by a
2011 HEHP State Association grant, is ongoing.
Thank you to Catherine, Stacy, Kathy, Karine and her staff for their excellent work
on this project, and to the ABCD media team for developing this video.
Many thanks to Bruce Moore, Diane Ahkine, Paulette Tattersal and Melissa
Ayala as well, all of whom have played a crucial role in completing
Vision Action Plans and distributing education materials in their roles
on On Sight. Well done!
New England Eye opens Low Vision Clinic at the Carroll Center for the Blind
Read the article on carroll.org
December 18, 2010
Kudos to Darick Wright - 2010 Outreach Provider of the Year
New England College of Optometry (NECO) and New England Eye (NEE) are proud partners with the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at the Perkins School for the Blind. This two-decade long partnership continues to utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to clinical and educational services for infants, children and adults with a variety of visual, physical and cognitive impairments. Perkins' Low Vision Clinic is unique in New England and is an internationally recognized model of low vision care services. NECO/NEE collaborate with Perkins by providing the clinic's doctors, optometry residents and interns.
Clinic Coordinator Darick Wright, named 2010 Outreach Provider of the Year by the Council of Schools for the Blind, works closely with Dr. Barry Kran, the clinic's Optometric Director and Chief of the Individuals with Disabilities Service for New England Eye and with Dr. Luisa Mayer, Ph.D., an internationally known specialist in visual field/functional vision testing.
The Clinic takes a holistic approach to patient care. Eye exams that might normally last only 20 minutes on average take over an hour to allow for longer response times and breaks. Wright explains, "It's a team of people working together to determine how we can best help this person to function in the classroom, at home or at work." Each patient's vision is unique and by involving teachers, caregivers, medical specialists and family members, the Low Vision Clinic is able to tailor recommendations for treatment and low vision products to an individual's needs.
"I couldn't be more proud of the hard work and contributions that each member of our team makes to the clinic and the services we provide to our patients and families. We are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable team!" says Wright.
The latest edition of the Perkins' e-newsletter is available and features the Low Vision Clinic and one of the children who is a regular patient from the community.
November 8, 2010
Check out our New England Eye On-Sight Eye mobile van.
October 19, 2010 - Lighthouse International
Americans Are Not Doing Enough To Protect Their Vision
Americans are not doing enough to protect their vision - the sense they fear losing the most - according to a new nationwide Lighthouse International survey.
View the results of this international survey »
August 18, 2010
New England Eye On-Sight
As a part of our mission of addressing visual health through community-based involvement, this fall New England Eye will begin operating a mobile vision clinic, New England Eye On-Sight. Funded by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation and the Ludke Foundation, this program is designed to support two identified populations in optometric need in Massachusetts - visually impaired older adults and young children.
With a fully equipped wheelchair accessible, 38ft optometry van and specialist pediatric or low vision licensed optometrists onboard, New England Eye On-Sight can travel to any location in Massachusetts. Patients have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive eye exam and/or a low vision evaluation, under their health insurance. Additional assistance for special vision needs will be available including: eyeglasses prescription, eyeglasses ordering and delivery, surgical referrals, low vision devices, access to occupational therapist services, and if necessary, registering individuals with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
By partnering with community schools and preschools, senior groups, housing authorities, Councils on Aging and assisted living organizations, New England Eye On-Sight mobile clinic aims improve the visual function of MA children and older adults through prevention, education, access, environmental modification, on-site vision care and referral to appropriate resources.
Providing on-site vision assessment, increasing awareness of vision conditions, and advice on new technologies and advancements that increase independent living, are ways for us to help the public understand the role vision plays in learning and cognition, and also the options now available to visually impaired older adults to enhance their quality of life.
New England Eye On-Sight specialty eye doctors can visit your community, school, senior facility or organization!
For more information or to make a mobile clinic booking,
please call 617-587-5700.
July 19, 2010
Chu and Wilson Recently Published
Congratulations to Drs. Chu and Wilson for their contributions to the award winning
book Optometric Care within the Public Health Community.
This book, compiled by Drs. Stanley Hatch, John Whitener, W. Howard McAlister, and Sandra Block was just awarded the
American Public Health Association Vision Care Section 2010 Outstanding Scientific Project Award. Dr. Chu, with contributions from Tawara Goode, authored a
chapter entitled "Cultural and Linguistic Competence." Dr. Wilson authored a chapter
entitled "Community Health Centers."
Dr. Wilson also co-authored another award winning publication, "The role of community health centers in responding to disparities in visual health." This paper was recently awarded the Editor's Commendation for Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association as the most downloaded paper from Optometry's website in 2009.