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NECO Today

With its main site currently located not far from the original Commonwealth Avenue clinic site, the College’s network of clinics and clinical affiliates has expanded to include sites throughout the greater Boston area. The network changed names from New England Eye network to the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Clinical Network in early 2017. The clinics at Commonwealth and Roslindale were changed to New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care in March 2017. Both changes help to connect the clinics and the clinical network more closely to the College and reflect their historic relationship.

Today, the NECO Clinical Network is the largest provider of ambulatory eye and vision care services in Massachusetts, with 85,000 patient visits per year. In addition to NECO Clinical Network, the College's nationwide network of affiliated clinical sites for fourth year externships has grown to include over 150 clinics, hospitals, and specialized care facilities, including three sites in other countries. With each student providing care to patients in need during his/her education at the College, New England College of Optometry continues to fulfill one of its original missions – to provide outstanding patient care to those who need it.  

In July 2018, Dr. Howard Purcell became the 13th President of New England College of Optometry, bringing his background in private practice, academia, and industry to the position, and ready to lead the College into its next phase of growth.

The future looks bright for New England College of Optometry. The College continues in its dedication to excellent patient care and its forward-thinking approach to educating today’s optometrist. This philosophy can be seen in the implementation of a curriculum that trains students to complete a full eye exam by the end of their second year of optometry school. It is also evidenced in the working relationships the College is forming with other colleges and universities, with a goal of providing education and patient care that allows collaboration among health science professionals and disciplines. NECO’s clinical affiliations are ever-expanding and the College continually attracts talented faculty and students. NECO is now considered a leader in optometry and optometric education throughout the world.

NECO Library Archives
A Century in Vision by Susan Watson Moline
Frank Thorn, Bina Patel