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Announcing a New Name for New England Eye and New Facilities at Commonwealth Location

March 28, 2017 We are pleased to announce that New England Eye, the patient care subsidiary and clinical affiliate of the New England College of Optometry, has officially changed its name to the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care. This current change in name will apply to our comprehensive eye care centers at the Commonwealth and Roslindale locations.

Although New England Eye has changed it name to New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care, the optometry clinics and optical centers will continue to operate under their current structure. There is no change in ownership and no change in staff. Phone and fax numbers remain the same, but the new internet address will be

Patients will continue to benefit from the College’s network of patient care, research and clinical experience while receiving the same high quality care they have come to expect with the center’s excellent clinicians.

A Historic Partnership

Patient care and clinical training has been an integral part of New England College of Optometry since 1933, when an external clinic was founded at the Harry E. Burroughs Newsboys Foundation.  Today, highly-skilled clinicians continue to work side-by-side with optometry students throughout the NECO Clinical Network, helping to train the next generations of optometrists to provide expert care. The change in name to New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care helps to better reflect the historic and enduring connection between the College and its academic vision centers. 

NECO Center for Eye Care logo

New Clinic and Optical Center at Commonwealth Location
In addition to a change in name, the Commonwealth location is moving downstairs to a newly designed and updated optical center and optometry clinic conveniently located on the first floor at 930 Commonwealth Avenue.  The improved location of the new offices are easily accessible on street level using the main building entrance on Commonwealth Avenue.  The new location features a high-tech optometry clinic with specialty clinic areas offering low vision rehabilitation and occupational therapy for visually impaired patients. It will also include a new Eyewear Center offering an incredible selection of frames, lenses, and contact lenses. This will become a flagship clinic for New England College of Optometry.

The development of the new optometry clinic and optical center is the first step of the creation of a Clinical Training Campus for New England College of Optometry.  The second phase of construction in adjacent offices will create new, updated clinical training facilities for students, as well as spaces for clinical research, clinical instrumentation training for students, clinical simulation training and electro-diagnostic training. These facilities are slated to open later this year and finalize NECO’s creation of a state-of-the-art, integrated Clinical Campus that will elevate the patient and student experience.

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 120 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.

Media Contact: Ingrid Hoogendoorn, Director of Communications
phone: 617-587-5722