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Community Partnerships & Outreach

The New England College of Optometry Clinical Network is committed to providing access to high-quality, convenient, and affordable eye care throughout the community. Our community partnerships provide outreach services to individuals with disabilities, people who require low vision and geriatric services, and those who are homeless. These include New England Eye SEMA (Southeastern MA), New England Eye at Perkins School for the Blind, and the Seamark Vision Clinic at the Cotting School.

With a rich history of community service, students from New England College of Optometry work alongside optometrists in our clinical network to provide eye care through the system of community collaborators. Together, they provide advanced eye and vision services, along with other coordinated heath services, designed to care for special populations including children, older adults, those with low vision, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities.  Their goal is to provide services for the whole community, including underserved populations.

Pediatric School Health Program

New England College of Optometry provides vision screenings to elementary schools, preschools, and community groups in the Greater Boston area.  Our goals include identifying vision issues and making recommendations for further eye exams when necessary to help students have their vision corrected to find success in school and sports.  Correcting and maximizing vision creates opportunities for learning and reading, socialization, work and play, safety and independence, and better emotional and physical health. 

Current locations:

  • ABCD HeadStart
  • Boston Public Schools Screening Program
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Preschool Programs in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Revere, Lynn, and Lowell

Individuals with Disabilities Service:

The New England College of Optometry Clinical Network provides vision care to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the Commonwealth at special-needs-based schools and rehabilitation centers.

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Low Vision and Geriatric Services

Low vision and geriatric services are provided to individuals throughout the Boston area.

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Eye Care for the Homeless

Through a collaboration with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program, New England College of Optometry Clinical Network provides care at shelters in the Boston area.  

Current locations: 

  • Pine Street Inn
  • Barbara McGinnis House
  • Jean Yawkey Place