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March 5, 2021


  New York, NY— All eyes were on SUNY College of Optometry’s new director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, as she shared insights on the optometric profession and her journey as a Black doctor during an interactive virtual Social Hour held on Wednesday, March 3, with over 30 high school […]

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February 26, 2021

SUNY Optometry Marks Black History Month with Inspiration Wall and Video Tribute

New York, NY—For the third year in a row, the SUNY College of Optometry chapter of the National Student Optometric Association (NOSA) honors Black History Month with an Inspiration Wall along with a video tribute highlighting the profiles and achievements of Black members affiliated with the College community. On display within the College’s Student Center, […]

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February 23, 2021

Living with Low Vision

How vision rehabilitation can strengthen sight, improve quality of life New York, NY — Did you know that nearly 3 million Americans age 40 and older have low vision (National Institutes of Health)? It is a condition that can impact people of all ages but mostly found in older adults.  Low vision is the term […]

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February 19, 2021

Remembering SUNY Optometry Clinical Professor Emeritus, Dr. David E. FitzGerald

With great sadness, SUNY College of Optometry shares the passing of Clinical Professor Emeritus, David E. FitzGerald, OD, FAAO, and FCOVD. He was 80 years old. A Diplomate Pediatric Optometry, Dr. FitzGerald’s career at the College from 1971-2005 comprised teaching, clinical research and administration roles.  He is credited with co-founding the institution’s Infant Vision Clinic […]

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February 16, 2021


What You Need to Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration New York, NY— If you are age 50 or over, you may be among approximately 11 million in the United States who have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that affects the central part of the eye’s retina, or the part of the eye used when […]

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February 8, 2021

What to Do If Hand Sanitizer Gets Into the Eyes

New York, NY —Hand disinfection with alcohol-based sanitizer has become one of the main strategies for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Since the virus outbreak in March 2020, the widespread use of hand sanitizers has been linked to an increase in eye injuries, especially in children, as revealed in a new study published in January […]

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February 4, 2021

SUNY Optometry Appoints First Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Dr. Joy Harewood to help advance representation in optometric training and practice New York, NY, February 4, 2021—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry is pleased to announce the appointment of Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, as the College’s first Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DDEIB) and associate clinical professor. The fulfillment […]

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February 2, 2021

Pivotal vision study sheds positive light on the benefits of reading outdoors

New York, NY —Recent research over the past year has illuminated the benefits of natural light to eye health and development, particularly for curbing myopia or nearsightedness in children and young adults. Now a new study from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry reveals how natural bright light can stimulate the visual […]

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