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Barry S. Kran, OD, FAAO

Barry S. Kran, OD, FAAO

Professor, New England College of Optometry; Chief of Service, Individuals with Disabilities Service, New England Eye

Dr. Kran has been on the faculty since 2001. He is the instructor of record for the course Binocular and Accommodative Anomalies and lectures in the Pediatric Optometry course on the evaluation of individuals with visual and other impairments. Dr. Kran is also chief of service for Individuals with Disabilities Service of New England Eye, the College’s clinical teaching affiliate, and is optometric director of the NEE Low Vision Clinic at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. In this capacity, he supervises students and residents from the College in their clinical care of patients with visual and other impairments. Read more about his work at Perkins School for the Blind.

Dr. Kran’s current research interests involve developing appropriate diagnostic vision tests for individuals with disabilities with normative data surrounding these tests, understanding and developing a database of the vision-related outcomes of low incidence conditions, and breaking the barriers to eye care that individuals with disabilities encounter. Currently, he is exploring a novel contrast sensitivity test which aims to be useful for individuals with reduced cognitive function and/or expressive communication skills. Recent studies include assessment of Teller and Cardiff card acuity tests and a comparison of Venier acuity with grating acuity with multiply-impaired populations. Dr. Kran is also investigating the various aspects surrounding the diagnosis of individuals with cortical visual impairment, the leading cause of pediatric blindness. Previously, he has participated in the Amblyopia Treatment Study of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group at the College. He has also been a gold-standard examiner for the Vision in Preschoolers study, which was a multicenter project that established the first scientific basis for screening the vision of preschool aged children in the United States and which resulted in numerous scholarly publications.

Dr. Kran has lectured throughout New England on breaking the barriers to eye care for individuals with visual and other impairments. In March 2008, Dr. Kran was a keynote speaker at the “Focus” on Vision Impairment and Blindness Conference on Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Cognitive Disability and Vision Loss in Taunton, of which he is the founding optometric director. In April 2011, he was the sole optometric speaker at the Doha Early Intervention Conference (DEIC) for children with visual or multiple impairments, sponsored by the Al Noor Institute Doha Qatar. This was the first Middle East conference on this topic including both physicians and educators.

Dr. Kran earned an OD degree from the State University of New York State College of Optometry in 1985 and subsequently completed a vision training residency there. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. In November 2007, he was the recipient of the Thomas Caulfield Award of the Northeast AER for excellence in assisting persons with visual impairments in adjusting to their disabilities and achieving personal goals within their communities. After completing his term on the leadership committee of the Low Vision Division of international organization AER, Dr. Kran was recognized with an award for his valuable contributions. He is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is currently on the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness.

View Dr. Kran’s research profile.