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New England College of Optometry is located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood in downtown Boston.

424 Beacon Street  

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The primary campus of the New England College of Optometry is located at 424 Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The Beacon Street Campus includes classrooms and teaching laboratories for the vast majority of courses, and offices for the faculty and administration. Laboratories for the vision research program, the Myopia Research Center and the Children's Vision Laboratory are on this campus as well. 

The Library

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The New England College of Optometry Library consists of two floors. The grand upper floor includes the Soltes Room, a study room, and an alcove. The bottom floor includes a vibrant collection of print and digital materials, loaner iPads and laptops, study rooms, and tech services. The library has developed an impressive collection that chronicles the history of optometry and related fields, while providing an extensive knowledge base covering relevant up-to-date developments and trends. These topics can be found in a collection of more than 11,000 volumes and over 200 journals on vision, optometry and related topics. Students also have access to a variety of databases, including Medline, eJournals and an online catalog through their own computers or workstations located in the library’s Marco Institutional Technologies Center and the adjacent college cafeteria. The Library is networked for wireless access.

New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care

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The New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care includes our two flagship comprehensive vision centers, owned and operated by the College. 

NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth is located on Commonwealth Ave, a mile from the main campus. The Commonwealth location will soon Clinical Campus, comprised of three parts: our new flagship clinic and dispensary, a clinical annex that will offer rehabilitative vision services and clinical research, and our state-of-the-art clinical training facility for students.

NECO Center for Eye Care Roslindale is located on Washington Street in Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston. These teaching facilities provides a complete range of eye care services including comprehensive exams, contact lens services, low vision care, pediatric care, vision therapy, and refractive surgery evaluations. Students gain clinical experience as part of their professional training. 

NECO Clinical Network

For the first three years at New England College of Optometry, the Greater Boston area is part of our campus through the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Clinical Network (formerly known as the New England Eye Network).  The NECO Clinical Network is the patient care and clinical education subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, established in 1973. In addition to our two comprehensive vision centers at Commonwealth and Roslindale, the NECO Clinical Network includes the NECO Mobile Eye Clinic, specialized locations for individuals with disabilities (such as New England Eye SEMA), school based programs (such as New England Eye Framingham), and a series of clinical affiliates and community partnerships. With access to more than 150 clinics and 200 schools in the greater Boston area and beyond, students do clinical work in a variety of different settings in the different communities/neighborhoods of Boston, private practices, over 45 community health centers, eye clinics, hospitals, specialized clinics, and school-based programs. Our optometrists and students make a difference in the community, as well as in the lives of individuals with disabilities, older adults, homeless, and low-income children from varied cultures and backgrounds. View the network.

With access to more than 150 clinics and 200 schools in the greater Boston area and beyond, students do clinical work in a variety of different settings in the different communities/neighborhoods of Boston, private practices, community health centers, eye clinics, and the NECO Clinical Network.

Boston and Beyond

During their final year, our students participate in rotations through the NECO Clinical Network as well as additional externship programs around the country and around the world in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.  These include opportunities at Community Health Centers, VA Hospital Programs, Specialty Care Locations, Hospitals, Specialty Contact Lens locations, Academic Medical Centers, Army Health Clinics, Canadian Eye Clinics, Indian Health Services, Group Practices, Naval Health Clinics, and Private Optometry Practices.

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