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December, 2018


NECO Offers New Residency in Community Health Optometry in Providence

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce a new residency in Community Health Optometry at the Providence Community Health Center. New England College of Optometry offers 16 specific one year residency opportunities throughout New England that include 38 total positions. New England College of Optometry offers residencies in community health, cornea and contact lens, low vision rehabilitation, ocular disease,…


Awards, Posters, and Participation by NECO at Academy 2018

New England College of Optometry (NECO) students, faculty, alumni, professional staff, and residents delivered presentations, posters, research, and lectures on a variety of optometric topics at the American Academy of Optometry’s meeting this November in San Antonio, Texas. The event marked the 97th annual meeting for the American Academy of Optometry.

October, 2018


NECO Residents Win Travel Fellowships

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that nine NECO residents have been selected to receive Travel Fellowships by the American Academy of Optometry. Each award winner will receive a $750 travel grant to attend the Academy 2018 meeting in San Antonio in November.  

May, 2018


Third Year NECO Student Receives Student Innovator of the Year Award

Graham Stetson, New England College of Optometry Class of 2019, was chosen to receive the Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator of the Year Award this spring. The NECO student received the award together with additional groups and individual students from three other colleges of optometry. The award is named in honor of OD Rick Bay and highlights innovations by optometry students.…


NECO Honors AAO Student Fellows

On Friday, May 4, 2018, NECO hosted the annual Meet the Student Fellows dinner for individuals who achieved the status of Student Fellow from the AAO. The evening was sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) club at NECO. The AAO Fellowship is an program for optometrists, scientists, and other qualified individuals go through a rigorous process and achieve the distinction…

April, 2018


NECO Selects Dr. Howard Purcell As Next President

The New England College of Optometry Board of Trustees has named Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, Diplomate, as the thirteenth President and CEO of the College. Dr. Purcell was selected following a national search to succeed Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, who will be stepping down after serving for nine years. He will take office on July 2, 2018.

February, 2018


NECO Professor Interviewed on NBC For Revolutionary Low Vision Device

Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, Assistant Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), was recently interviewed by NBC to share her expertise in low vision devices. The segment focused specifically on the ORCAM, a vision device that utilizes technology to assist individuals who are blind and partially sighted. The device utilizes a wireless smart camera, attached to the side…


2018 STAPLE Program Provides Hands-On Contact Lens Experience

Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice and New England College of Optometry, NECO, provides courses and workshops to help students gain critical skills in contact lens fitting. On Sunday, February 10, 2018, NECO hosted STAPLE, the Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education to provide a hands-on contact lens workshop to the OD3 class. STAPLE offers a soft-toric contact lens…

January, 2018


NECO and Wenzhou Medical University Move Towards Joint PhD/OD Program

The China Scholarship Council recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Chinese International Cooperative Innovative Talents Project funding. Included in the list of 29 approved projects was the PhD/OD program with New England College of Optometry and Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), a joint optometry and doctoral degree program between China and the US. It was the only project selected in the…

December, 2017


Continuing Education Event Explores Role of New Technologies in Optometry

When the auto-refractor was first introduced, many optometrists were worried this new technology would make their profession obsolete. Fast forward to 2017 and new technologies are entering the field of optometry at a dizzying pace. Today, consumers can access smart-phone apps for anything from refraction and ordering glasses and contacts online at any time of day. Optometrists find themselves at a…

October, 2017


New England College of Optometry & Orbis Announce Partnership to Increase Access to Global Optometry

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) are pleased to announce their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world. NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum…

NECO Professors Participate in World Congress of Optometry in India

Continuing its long-standing commitment to global optometry, faculty from the New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently participated in the second World Congress of Optometry in Hyderbad, India. Hosted by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in September 2017, the Congress welcomed optometrists, vision scientists, ophthalmologists, educators, health care providers, public health vision providers from around the world to engage in…

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…

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…

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…