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September, 2017

Kristen Kerber, OD, MS, ‘16 Receives Pediatric Residency Award

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced Kristen Kerber, OD, MS ‘16, as a recipient of the 2017 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award. Upon graduating from New England College of Optometry, NECO, Dr. Kerber pursued a year of advanced training through the Pediatric Residency program at NECO. This award honors Dr. Kerber’s commitment and service to the…

New England College of Optometry (NECO) Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication

(Boston, MA) New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted the formal opening of the NECO Center for Eye Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on September 18, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Members of the College, Board of Trustees, corporate partners, Boston health care community, MA Commission for the Blind, and local community gathered to help celebrate the grand opening of…

Former NECO President Appointed Assistant Commissioner of Public Health

Elizabeth Chen, PhD, MBA, MPH, former President at New England College of Optometry, NECO, has been appointed Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Reporting directly to the Commissioner and serving as a key member of the executive team, Dr. Chen will manage, oversee, and coordinate the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, the Bureau of Health…

AODP, ASIP, and MS/OD Students Honored at Summer White Coat Ceremony

On Monday, August 28, 2017, nineteen students from the AODP 2019, ASIP 2019, and MS/OD China 2019 programs participated in the third annual summer White Coat Ceremony. Traditionally, NECO students receive their white coats and clinical privileging letters at the beginning of their second year. The White coat signifies a transition to the next stage of patient care with increased responsibility. For the accelerated…

NECO Provides Vision Screenings for Boston Public School Students

On the evening of Tuesday August 29, 2017, students, residents, faculty and staff from New England College of Optometry, NECO participated in Boston Public School’s annual Countdown to Kindergarten event at the Boston Children’s Museum. The comprehensive Countdown to Kindergarten, sponsored by the Boston Public Schools (BPS), provides a series of programs and events designed to engage and educate young…

August, 2017

Myopia Control Clinic Opens at NECO Center for Eye Care

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Myopia Control Clinic (MCC) at the NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth. The NECO Center for Eye Care encompasses two comprehensive vision centers that are owned and operated by the College. They provide services to individuals at all stages of life, including new treatments for…

July, 2017

Third Year NECO Student Releases OpTranslate Mobile App

To those outside the world of optometry, talking about astigmatism, hyperopia, and refraction may seem like a foreign language. But part of an optometrist’s job is to communicate complex concepts to patients. While this can be a daunting task in English, imagine the added challenge of conducting an eye exam with non-English speaking patients. Many offices use professional medical…

Avani Dave, OD ‘17, wins Award for Contact Lens Excellence

Recent graduate Avani Dave, OD ’17, was recently selected to receive the Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care. The annual award is given to an outstanding fourth year student clinicians to recognize their work providing excellent contact lens patient care. Dr. Dave was selected as the recipient from New England College of Optometry’s…

Low Vision Team Travels to the Netherlands

Although all optometry students study a broad array of topics during their education, many also choose to specialize in areas such as low vision, contact lenses, and pediatrics. At New England College of Optometry, NECO, the low vision team prepares future optometrists by teaching them about the role primary care optometrists have in evaluating, treating, and referring patients with low…

NECO Faculty and Alumni Honored by AAOF

(Boston, MA) The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, AAOF, recently announced several 2017 awards to recognize great accomplishments and contributions to the field of optometry. The AAOF annually distributes awards, grants, fellowships, and scholarships to graduate students, optometry students, residents, and faculty to recognize their achievements. This year, several faculty and alumni from New England College of Optometry, NECO, were among…

Thirty-eight NECO Residents Honored at Annual Conference

Optometry programs traditionally involve four years of study towards an OD degree. Upon graduation, many graduates choose to pursue an additional year of post-graduate training in a specialized area as a part of a residency program. On June 16, 2017, thirty-eight NECO residents gathered at the College to participate in the annual John E. Asarkof Spring Residency Conference. This event honored their…

NECO Alumni, Students, and Faculty Visit DC for Optometry’s Meeting 2017

It was a capital week in Washington, D.C. as the American Optometric Association, the AOA, hosted a record-breaking 2300 students and doctors at Optometry’s Meeting 2017. The annual conference took place from June 21-25, 2017. Faculty, alumni, and current students from New England College, NECO, took advantage of many opportunities to expand their knowledge and community through workshops and exhibit halls…

June, 2017

Recent NECO OD/MS Graduate Wins 2017 Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics

Four year optometry programs can be rigorous. A combination of didactic studies and clinical work leaves little free time as students work towards their degree. However, some students make time to earn a Masters in Science while earning their OD degree. This dual OD/MS degree program at New England College of Optometry, NECO, allows students to take additional graduate-level…

NECO Participates in Virtual Fair for Optometry Schools & Colleges

On June 14, 2017, admissions representatives from New England College of Optometry will be participating in an Optometry Virtual Fair. This online event for prospective students is hosted by ASCO, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

May, 2017

Eight Students Welcomed to 2017 Summer Research Training Program

New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently welcomed eight students into the 2017 Summer Research Training Program. Funded by a a research training grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, T35, the program runs from May through August, 2017.

NECO Celebrates Class of 2017 at 123rd Commencement

New England College of Optometry, NECO, celebrated its 123rd Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Boston Symphony Hall. During the ceremony, the College conferred 134 Doctor of Optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and 12 degrees to participants in the following special programs: the Accelerated Optometry Degree Program (AODP), the Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP), and the MS/OD China…

Alumnus Dr. Lu Fan, MS/OD ‘02, Speaks at the United Nations

Dr. Lu Fan, MS/OD ‘02, recently spoke at the United Nations in New York on May 5, 2017. The speech was part of United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAIP). Dr. Lu Fan is the current president of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) and a graduate of the MS/OD program at New England College of Optometry.

Delegation from Wenzhou Medical Center Meets with College Leadership

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, New England College of Optometry, NECO, welcomed a delegation of leaders from Wenzhou Medical Center to the College. The group discussed current education initiatives, leadership programs, and research at Wenzhou, a close affiliate of the College. Long a leader in international optometry, NECO has been affiliated with Wenzhou for over 25 years. The dynamic partnership allows students and…

Online Continuing Education Series Tackles Leading Cause of Blindness in Elderly

Boston, MA May 2, 2017 New England College of Optometry and PlatformQ Health to host three live, online sessions in May and July, covering new insights into age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy. Optometrist, ophthalmologist, and retina specialists can interact with leading medical faculty and earn COPE®-accredited continuing education (CE).

NECO’s Student MSOS Chapter Hosts Public Policy Events

The MSOS club at New England College of Optometry (NECO) has been busy with events, lunches, and phone-a-thons over the past few weeks related to the proposed glaucoma bill and American Healthcare Act. The MSOS, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists Student Chapter, is a student run chapter of the Massachusetts of Optometrists, MSO. The MSOS student chapter at NECO acts as…