In 2017, the College opened the new NECO Center for Eye Care on Commonwealth Avenue, near the Boston University Charles River campus. The new center is the College’s flagship teaching facility. It includes the Janet LaBreck Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation, a new specialty care area, offering state-of-the-art services to blind and partially-sighted individuals. The Center also offers Vision Therapy, Specialty Cornea and Contact Lens Care, as well as a Myopia Control Clinic, a program that applies a variety of research-based techniques to prevent the progression of nearsightedness. The College also owns and operates a satellite location on Washington Street in Roslindale, a neighborhood of Boston. Both centers provide patients with comprehensive primary eye care services, and our Commonwealth location offers unique specialty services which give our students an opportunity to learn more about the various approaches of optometric care for each of these services as they work closely with our clinical faculty.
At the Janet LaBreck Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation, our clinical team provides comprehensive low vision evaluations and works with patients to develop rehabilitation strategies to maximize their independence and improve their quality of life. As part of this evaluation, our doctors may recommend low vision devices that best suit patients while also incorporating the latest technological advancements. Our doctors also coordinate community resources into an interdisciplinary rehabilitation plan, including the involvement of occupational therapists, teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, and social service agency providers.
Our doctors work with children and adults with visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, and focusing and tracking through non-surgical treatment to help with visual processing and improve school/work performance. Vision Therapy provides an individual treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or visual perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control eye alignment, eye tracking and eye teaming, eye focusing abilities, eye movements and visual processing. Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters.
Cornea and Contact Lens Care
The Cornea and Contact Lens department at NECO Center for Eye Care provides precision contact lens fitting of custom soft disposable, rigid gas permeable corneal and scleral contact lenses, as well as orthokeratology for the treatment of myopia control. Our goal is to prescribe contact lenses to restore sight to patients with corneal damage, and to help correct highly irregular corneal shapes for patients previously unable to find the perfect contact lens fit. Our doctors have experience prescribing lenses in cases of keratoconus, irregular cornea, post corneal transplants, high refractive error including myopia, and with adult or pediatric aphakia.
Myopia Control Clinic
The NECO Center for Eye Care Myopia Control Clinic provides evidence-based treatment options that may help to slow the progression of myopia. All new treatments offered are based on scientific evidence and seek to control the myopia by affecting the eye growth underlying the condition. The Myopia Control Clinic offers four treatments shown to be effective for many children in large population clinical research studies. Our myopia specialist doctors perform advanced testing, including measurements of the length of the eye, to determine the best treatment method for each child. We work with families to customize the treatment plan for their child.