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NECO Hosts Student Workshop for Ocular Surface Symposium, SWOSS

New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently hosted a workshop for second year OD students that focused on dry eye education. The event, called SWOSS – Student Workshop for Ocular Surface Syndrome, was created β€œto expose optometry students to the most contemporary clinical protocols along with providing them the opportunity to utilize the most contemporary technologies in ocular surface disease management.” source://

Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew McLeod explains, “The College looks for opportunities such as the SWOSS workshop to introduce students to current diagnostic and treatment options and tools in the marketplace.”  This helps to  better prepare students as future practitioners in the ever changing world of health care and eye disease. Drs. McLeod and Dan Bastian, invited second year students to the event to support materials currently being discussed in the Contact Lens and Ocular Disease Principals courses and to introduce them to new research findings and technologies available for treatment.  NECO was only the fourth optometric college to host the workshop. 

David Kading with group of students

Program sponsor Optometric Insights created the program to supplement student coursework and introduce them to new dry eye diagnostics and treatments by providing both a didactic program and a hands-on workshop.

During the event, students received a one hour lecture on dry eye from Dr. David Kading, a Seattle-based practitioner and researcher who specializes in complicated contact lens fits and dry eye. The workshop included an examination of the anatomy and physiology of the eye, causes of dry eye, and the tools currently available to diagnose and treat dry eye.

Dr. Kading looking in microscope with students

The second part of the workshop included interactive workshop stations that introduced students to treatment and diagnostic options from Oculus, Allergan, Tear Science, ZeaVision, and Valley Contax. 

Optometric Insights explains, “Science is constantly advancing and bringing about new thought patterns into disease etiology, diagnosis and treatments.  SWOSS works to bring clarity and a real world hands-on approach to looking at the disease of dry eye and helping to make patients lives better.”

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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