New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care, formerly known as New England Eye, is a patient care and clinical affiliate of New England College of Optometry, NECO. Students from the College participate in clinical work throughout the New England College of Optometry Clinical Network.
The College has been training the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators for over a 100 years. Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, New England College of Optometry is the oldest college of optometry in the country. This small, independent graduate institution has been advancing optometric education, patient care, and public health since 1884.
The patient care programs at New England College of Optometry began in 1933 with an external clinic at the Harry E. Burroughs Newsboys Foundation. In 1941, the College opened the Massachusetts Optometric Clinic on Commonwealth Avenue. Eventually, this clinic expanded into the New England Eye Institute and New England Eye Network. Today, this multi-site clinical subsidiary is known as the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Clinical Network. Established in 1973, the NECO Clinical Network of patient care facilities, affiliates, and partners seeks to improve the visual health of diverse populations through excellence in collaborative and community-oriented patient care, education, and research. In March 2017, the College changed the name of their comprehensive vision centers from New England Eye to New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care
The College is committed to giving its students the essential education needed to provide a wide range of eye care needs. NECO Center for Eye Care is an integral part of providing NECO students with exceptional clinical education through the Commonwealth and Roslindale centers, as well as affiliates and partners such as community health centers, school partnerships (New England Eye Framingham), and community partners (New England Eye SEMA, New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at Perkins). Through clinical work and rotations in the NECO Clinical Network, students and faculty engage in cutting edge research, provide eye care to diverse populations in a variety of settings, and immerse themselves in an intellectually challenging community daily.
The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).