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We advance the frontiers of optometric knowledge and translate that knowledge to improve patients’ lives worldwide, by reducing vision loss and disability, and by transforming eye care delivery. Our goal is to promote fundamental and innovative discoveries, and their application, to improve vision health by facilitating creative research engagement by faculty and students.

A Passion for Contributing to New Discoveries

The New England College of Optometry provides a research environment that helps contribute to a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of vision, the most effective approaches to treatments for vision problems and, when possible, an understanding that leads to prevention or cure.

Student Involvement

The College endeavors to make research accessible to students and has developed several opportunities for students to acquire research skills and credentials. The mission of these programs is to educate clinician-scientists who will contribute to our understanding of vision and disorders of the visual system.

Current Research at NECO

Our faculty researchers today investigate a wide range of ocular conditions, diseases, and treatments that help further our collective understanding of the eye. Research at NECO currently is focused on mechanisms of myopia development, techniques for vision screening, irregularities of the eye using imaging, the use of drugs for ocular disease, and on developing new treatments for eye diseases and conditions.

Graduate Programs

Learn more about the graduate programs for students who are interested in performing original research in vision science.


Collaborations with other researchers, scientists, institutions, and disciplines are an integral part of the NECO’s approach to research. The College currently collaborates with researchers locally, in the United States and in other countries. Collaborations include other colleges of optometry such as the University of Houston College of Optometry and PCO at Salles University and the UAB School of Optometry; institutions of higher learning including Northeastern University and Boston University School of Medicine; and research institutions such as the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. and the Stonybrook Medical Center. International collaborations include projects with universities in Aalen, Germany and Wenzhou, China.


NECO faculty pursue external funding opportunities to advance their research activities, to reinvigorate the curriculum, to improve patient care and to promote innovation and development in the ophthalmic industry. Funding sources include state and federal governmental grants and contracts, gifts and grants from corporation and professional associations and charitable foundations.

Partner with NECO

The College invites partnerships with industry and private foundations, in addition to collaborations with investigators at other institutions. If you are interested in collaborating with our researchers, please contact  Jane Gwiazda, Director of Research at New England College for Optometry, for more information.

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Student Research

Students research low vision with faculty advisor Dr. Richard Jamara.