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NECO/NEE Faculty, Staff, Residents, Students, and Alumni Present at Academy 2015

New England College of Optometry was well represented at the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting this past October in New Orleans. Faculty, students, professional staff, residents, and alumni presented posters, research, and lectures on a diverse range of topics in optometry and vision science.

NECO/NEE Faculty/ Professional Staff/ Alumni /Students posters, papers, and symposiums at Academy 2015:


  • Changing the Curve: Using Toricity with Scleral Lenses: Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO
  • Clinical Strategies for Managing Patients with Hemifield Loss: Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO, Tiffany Chan, OD, FAAO
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Punctal Occlusion: Walter Potaznick, OD, FAAO
  • Fitting GP Scleral Lenses Beyond the Limbus: Ronald Watanabe, OD, FAAO, Stephen Byrnes, OD, FAAO,
  • How to Find Evidence Based References and Resources: Kristin Motte, MS
  • Inaugural Joint American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Symposium Amblyopia and Beyond Current Evidence-based Pediatric Eye Care: Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO
  • Low Vision Section Symposium: Update on the Preferred Retinal Locus: What Have We Learned About Visual Function and the Development of the Pseudofovea in the Context of Macular Disease?  Nicole Ross, OD, MS
  • Practical Management of Non Strabismic Binocular Vision Anomalies:  Nicole B. Quinn, OD, FAAO
  • Scleral Lens Troubleshooting and Complications Management: Stephen Byrnes, OD, FAAO
  • Self-reported compliance in symptomatic versus asymptomatic patients with evaporative dry eye: Christen Kenrick, OD, FAAO, Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO, Donald Korb, OD, FAAO, TearScience, Korb & Associates
  • The Challenge of Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Hispanic and Asian
  • Patients: Gary Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO
  • Vision in Aging SIG and Public Health and Environmental Vision Section
  • Symposium: Aging in the International Year of Light: Alan L Lewis, OD, PhD, FAAO, FIES
  • When Demands Exceed Reserve: Why Doctors Make Challenging Low Vision Patients. Judith Goldstein, Alexis Malkin, and Tiffany Chan.


  • Acute Onset of Convergence Spasm, a Rare Case: Jacky Kong, OD, Preeti Mokka
  • Amblyopia: Fuensanta A Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAOSteven Weifenbach
  • An Analysis of Community Health Center Expansion Services on Vision Care: Randal H White, MPH, Patrick Dupuy, Bogdan Grynyk, Hayden Frechette, Rachel Kormos, Ashley Szalkowski
  • Analysis of Patient Trends in Online Contact Lens Retail: Cheryl Zabrowski ODAndrew McLeod, OD, FAAO
  • An atypical presentation of Coats' disease in a healthy adult: Crystal Lewandowski OD, Yu Su OD, FAAO.
  • A Case Presentation of an Atypical Eyelid Lesion in a Pediatric Patient: Crystal Lewandowski, OD
  • Changing the Curve: Using Toricity with Scleral Lenses: Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA
  • E-cigarettes: Blind to the Consequences? Denis J ShlosmanGlen CoffinBiant BrarChristopher MariellaUshdeep SandhuAndrey Ianovski
  • Effects of Vigabatrin (VGB) on Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) Thickness Using Bioptigen Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)  Preeti Mokka, OD
  • Efficacy and Safety of Hybrid Contact Lenses Shortly after Corneal Collagen Cross-linking: A Case Report Series: Boris Severinsky, MOptom, FAAO, FBCLA
  • The influence of Contact Lens Modality on the Development of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Christen Kenrick OD, FAAO
  • The Longitudinal Effects of Vigabatrin (VGB) on the Retina: A Case Study: Preeti Mokka, Anna Kirillova, OD
  • Methods to quantify spatial frequency dependent suppression and stereopsis: Steven WeifenbachFuensanta A Vera Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • Novel Methods to Clinically Quantify Suppression and Stereopsis Thresholds in Studies of
  • Heterophoria in 3 to 5 year old children: Mary Troyer
  • Self-reported compliance in symptomatic versus asymptomatic patients with evaporative dry eye: Christen Kenrick, OD,FAAO
  • The Use of SO-OCT in Diagnosis of Adult-Onset Multifocal Vitelliform Dystrophy: Elena Z Biffi, OD, MSc, FAAO
  • Vision Health Myths & Misconceptions Among Pharmacists: Julia S MocklerMaria CowardLenna WalkerAfua Opoku-DebraFeryaal ZahirYen Vuong
  • Visual Field loss in a patient with Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML): Yu Su, OD, FAAO


  • Influence of Fovea-Disc Angle on Intra- and lnterocular RNFL and Macular Thickness Symmetry
  • in Normal Eyes: Melanie Akau, OD, FAAOBaharak Asefzadeh, OD, MS, FAAO
  • Uncorrected Hyperopia and Early Literacy: Results of the Vision In Preschoolers - Hyperopia In Preschoolers (VIP - HIP) Study: Bruce D. Moore, OD, FAAO
  • Visual Skills of Moderate Uncorrected Hyperopic 4- and 5-Year-Oid Children in the Vision In Preschoolers - Hyperopia In Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) Study: Bruce D. Moore, OD, FAAO
  • Measurement of Hyperopia by the Spot Pediatric Vision Screener Compared to
  • Gold Standard Examination in Children Aged 2 to 7: Hilary L Gaiser, ODBruce D. Moore, OD, FAAONadin Solaka, B.scRan HeBlair Germain

Resident's Day Program Poster

  • Acute onset esotropia in a child with Turner Syndrome: Kelsey Thompson, OD
  • Management of Severe Ocular Surface Disease Secondary to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome with  BostonSight® PROSE Treatment: Amy Burke, OD
  • Monitoring and Management of Progressive Exotropia and Significant Anomalous Head Turn in Duane's Retraction Syndrome Type 3: Jameel  Kanji OD, MS
  • Non-traditional Low Vision Assessment & Rehabilitation for Profound Optic Atrophy from Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: Emily Hable, O.D., Lauren Feroli, O.D., Richard Jamara, O.D., F.A.A.O.
  • When ‘Eye’ Move, You Move: Scleral Lenses in a case of Oculocutaneous Albinism-Induced Nystagmus: Anita Gulmiri,OD

NECO Faculty and Alumni achieving status of fellow
Thanasis Panorgias, MSc, PhD
NECO Faculty achieving status of Diplomate
Dr. Nancy Carlson, OD Optometric Education Section