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Embracing Our Future

At New England College of Optometry, we seek to give optometry’s future leaders the confidence, skill, and knowledge to practice effectively and expertly anywhere in the world. This means embracing the uncertainty of the future and helping students to be critical thinkers and agile learners and professionals. Innovation and preparing for change have been a part of our DNA from the start, as Theodore Klein first noticed a need for training individuals for new devices to test vision. Today, those devices change at a more rapid pace, but New England College of Optometry is committed to learning about and championing the changes and helps prepare students embrace changes throughout their careers.

Looking Towards The Future

As we enter our 125th year, we honor the achievements and innovations of our students and faculty as we look to the future.  Our mission to change the way people see the world drives our decisions, our teaching, our research, and our patient care.  

The Changing World of Optometry

At NECO, we honor a culture of experimentation.  We expose our student to new and disruptive technologies that are likely to impact their future practice. These include discussions about the ways in which 3D printing, big data, and telehealth may change the profession. Our goal is to prepare students for the complexities of practice by preparing them for the known and unknown factors affecting optometry. Ultimately our goal is to prepare agile practitioners who are lifelong learners, ready to integrate changes as they develop their careers.

Research that Changes Lives

NECO continues to generate great momentum in the area of research.  The optometric industry is interested in the expertise that NECO brings in areas such as myopia, electro physiology, visual performance, and instrument validation.  We continue to take advantage of the rich, health-care, start-up, and academic environment we are in here in Boston. The richness of the convergence of these aspects lends itself to curiosity and innovation, as well as new research that directly impacts patient's lives. Learn more about Research at NECO.

Student examining another's eyes using Ion system.Skilled Practice Using the Latest Technology

Preparing for the future of optometry means becoming well versed in the changes happening today. NECO opened the NECO Clinical Training Center (CTC) in 2018, a state-of-the-art student training facility designed to provide students and faculty access to the latest technology to best prepare them for clinical practice in any location and setting. This intentional exposure to a variety of optometric equipment, imaging systems, and health records prepares students to practice throughout the NECO Clinical Network as well as any clinical setting.  We believe allowing students to train with a variety of systems and tools allows them to become agile in their approach and better prepared to integrate new innovations in optometry in the future. Learn more about the NECO Clinical Training Center.