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NECO Hosts Second Annual International Low Vision Virtual Grand Rounds

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the low vision department at New England College of Optometry, NECO, presented their second annual international grand rounds program in conjunction with the low vision department at LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad, India for the second year. The presentation utilized real-time video conferencing to allow collaboration between students and practitioners both Boston and Hyderabad. It also provided a context for pediatric low vision practices globally to third year NECO students.

This year, the program focused on pediatric low vision and featured presentations from Dr. Alexis Malkin and Dr. Nicole Ross from New England College of Optometry and Dr. Deepak Bagga and Dr. Beula Christy from LV Prasad Eye Institute, LVPEI. Each of the four presenters discussed a pediatric low vision case and the team approach towards case management. Approximately 75 third year students and faculty attended the event in Boston for the 6:30 AM WebEx conference with India. 

Dr. Malkin noted, “The international grand rounds is an opportunity for low vision providers in the US and India to share common challenges and present new solutions to similar diagnoses. It also allows our students to gain perspective into the international low vision field. We are thrilled with the attendance for the second year in a row and we are excited to continue this as an annual program for our third year students and faculty.”

This program builds on the success of last year’s international collaboration between New England College of Optometry and LV Prasad Eye Institute. In addition to the low vision grand rounds presentation in October, Drs. Ross and Malkin traveled to LV Prasad this past March to present at the 35th Low Vision Awareness Program Plus at LVPEI.

About New England College of Optometry

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 130 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.

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