At a January 27th press conference, the National Eye Institute announced the results of the
"Vision in Preschoolers – Hyperopia in Preschoolers's study."
The results show that uncorrected hyperopia has a negative impact on reading ability in that age group.
NECO's participation in the multi-center investigation was led by Dr. Bruce Moore, Principal Investigator. The clinical investigators were Drs. Catherine Johnson, Stacy Lyons and Nicole Quinn; the special education consultant was Marcia Feist-Moore; and the study coordinator was Renee Mills.
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New England Eye Participates in Holiday Celebration for Homeless Families
While the weather outside may have been windy and cold, the atmosphere inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this past Sunday was festive and warm. There was a buzz in the air as 4,500 children and 1,500 adults came together on December 20, 2015 to celebrate Christmas in the City. The participants, all from local area shelters and temporary housing, enjoyed a holiday party complete with a visit from Santa and gifts donated by the community. Faculty, staff, and students from New England College of Optometry, and its clinical affiliate, New England Eye volunteered their time to participate in this annual event.
Christmas in the City, a yearly event started in 1987 by Jake and Sparky Kennedy, is aimed at providing a wonderful experience to homeless families during the holiday season to alleviate the impact of homelessness. Each year, a staff of area volunteers provides lunch, entertainment, and a visit and gift from Santa. The event also includes playground activities with an indoor amusement park, aptly named "Winter Wonderland,” providing carnival attractions and pony rides!
In addition to the festivities, local service providers offered haircuts, dental cleanings, and vision screenings. New England Eye's On-Sight Mobile Clinic was on hand to provide vision screenings to participants. Dr. Gary Chu, Dr. Armina Raeisian, Dr. Vinh Vu, and 4th year students Melanie Hennenfent and Jiayi Zhou provided vision screenings. They were joined at the event by Ina Carducci from New England Eye and On-Sight driver Ed Braverman.
The event was also attended by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who stopped by the van to see the good work being done by New England Eye. Thanks to all the individuals who volunteered their time and effort to make this event a great success.
Read more about the event in the Boston Globe article or on the Christmas in the City website.
Dr. Laudon Presents Eye Care Podcasts on Macular Degeneration
Dr. Richard Laudon interviews Dr. Lou Frank and Dr. Nicole Ross in two installments on URBN
Dr. Richard Laudon, Associate Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Associate Director at New England Eye Commonwealth, has served in many capacities during his forty years of service. In addition to his work seeing patients and mentoring students at New England Eye Commonwealth, Dr. Laudon hosts a radio podcast on URBN (UR Business Network) called "An Eye on Health.” He also hosts another program, "An Eye on Investing,” which focus specifically on investing, his other passion when he is not in the clinic. Dr. Laudon is Past President of the Boston Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors and was Coordinator of their Mutual Fund Special Interest Group (SIG) for over eight years.
In his last two installments for "An Eye on Health,” Dr. Laudon interviewed Dr. Lou Frank, and Dr. Nicole Ross about Macular Degeneration. This two part series looks at modifications for examinations and the utilization of vision enhancement devices and techniques for patients with Macular Degenerations and other eye diseases who experience visual limitations.
Listen to the interview with Drs. Laudon, Ross, and Frank.
"1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lenses enhances natural beauty providing definition where the color part of the eye meets the white part. Clinical studies show this results in others perceiving the wearer to be more attractive and have a more lively emphasis to the eye."
Dr. Barry Kran, OD, FAAO - Recipient of the 2015 Alan Crocker Health Service Award!
The Department of Developmental Services, Statewide Advisory Council established the Allen Crocker, M.D. Health Services Award to be presented annually to an individual or organization that mirrors the life of Dr. Crocker and his respect for and value of individuals with a disability.
Through his exemplarily mentorship, Dr. Kran's has provided expertise, compassion and leadership to his patients at the Perkins School for the Blind for the past 15+ years. His commitment to teaching the interns and residents at the New England College of Optometry ensures the development of the next generation of optometrist who will be competent and compassionate clinicians providing care for patients with disabilities.
Dr. Kran will receive the award during a ceremony at the Statehouse on Tuesday, March 17th at 10am.
Recently, Dr. Nicole Ross was interviewed as part of a student documentary competition by two Emerson students, Anthony Chasse and Mike Cantalupo. Their documentary, called "Flash: The Chaz Davis Story,” documents the journey of an athlete as his vision deteriorates and he is eventually diagnosed with Leber's disease. In the clip, Dr. Ross describes the rapid deterioration of vision experienced with Leber's disease.
The competition is sponsored by NESN for their new reality series, "Next Producer.” The aspiring student documentarians from Emerson College were chosen as finalists and now hope to win the competition and air their show in its entirety.
The competition is still live and needs your support. Please view the clip on the link below and vote now!
Nicole Ross Participates in ARVO/NAEVER Joint advocacy day
on capital hill
In a February 6 ARVO and NAEVR conducted a joint Advocacy Day on Capital Hill. Members of ARVO's Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) were joined by a selected group of young investigators in requesting Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Eye Institute (NEI). The young investigator delegation, which reflected both clinician scientists, and basic researchers, stressed the impact that the combination of cuts, flat funding, and lack of an inflationary increase at the NEI has had on their training and career paths.
Dr. Nicole Ross, assistant professor at the New England College of Optometry, was selected to represent young clinician scientists involved in optometric clinical care and research. Dr. Ross also played a critical role in advocating funding for low vision rehabilitation care and research.
As in past years, ARVO was among the first organizations to speak with Congressional staff about the need for NIH funding of at least $32 billion (B) and NEI funding of $730 million (M) to maintain the momentum of research. The visits were also timely in that the President's FY2016 budget request had just issued to Congress on February 2, and staff were engaged in reviewing it and seeking feedback from research advocates-especially staff of members of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate, with jurisdiction over NIH funding.
See http://www.eyeresearch.org for further details about this event.
From left, Young Investigators engaged in the ARVO Advocacy Day included: Akrit Sodhi, M.D., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University/Wilmer Eye Institute); Diana Lee (Georgetown University); Jenny Myung, O.D. (Salus University College of Optometry); Cristos Ifantides, M.D. (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai); Rachel Wozniak, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Rochester/Flaum Eye Institute); Ahmara Gibbons Ross, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center); Cindy Park-Windhol, Ph.D. (Harvard Medical School/Schepens Eye Research Institute), and Nicole Ross, O.D. (New England College of Optometry)
From left: Melea Atkins in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Cindy Park-Windhol, Ph.D. and Alexandra Bowers, Ph.D. (both from Harvard Medical School/Schepens Eye Research Institute), and Nicole Ross, O.D. (New England College of Optometry)
Autism - Any Visual Concerns by Dr. Richard C. Laudon
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.