The State University of New York State College of Optometry, founded in 1971 by legislative act, is dedicated to the education of optometrists, to the advancement of eye and vision care through research and graduate education and to the care of communities through the provision of comprehensive visual health services. The College is a Center of Excellence within the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is the only institution of its kind in New York State and the surrounding region. The College of Optometry attracts highly talented students with leadership potential, interested in optometry and in the health sciences, from across North America and abroad.
Doctors of Optometry, as primary eye care practitioners, provide approximately two-thirds of all eye care in the country and are prepared to meet the growing needs of the public. Optometry is an ever-changing and dynamic health care profession and, I assure you, provides our graduates with a breadth of career options and opportunities for lifelong growth and intellectual engagement.
Dear Students, Colleagues and Friends of the College, June 2021 marks more than 50 years since the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City, an event which led to a worldwide movement toward accepting and embracing differences in sexual and gender orientation. As we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community’s progress, and our collective campus reaffirms our […]
President’s Message: SUNY Optometry Affirms Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
June 4, 2020 A Message From President David A. Heath, OD, EdM SUNY College of Optometry As we begin to emerge from the pandemic wave, we are now faced with new challenges in the wake of the tragic and unjust killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the ensuing social unrest. Indeed, this […]
In the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial’s verdict and all that it represents, it is critical that we recognize and are sensitive to the anxiety, emotions, and profound weight of these tragic events on the lives of our SUNY College of Optometry family, especially our students and staff of color. During these emotionally charged […]