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MCPHS School of Optometry Collaborates with UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

  • At Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), faculty are passionate about sharing their findings and gleaning insights from other experts in the field.

    Recently, faculty in the School of Optometry at the University’s Worcester campus participated in the second annual “Eye to Eye” Conference at the Albert Sherman Research Building at University of Massachusetts Medical School. The conference was sponsored by the Ophthalmology Research and Education Fund at the UMass Medical School.

    Faculty from the School of Optometry at MCPHS came together with ophthalmologists from the UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences for the conference. All of the conference participants are involved in efforts to enhance eye care in the Worcester, MA area, as well as to the advancement of the optometry field as a whole.

    During the conference, Larry Baitch, OD, PhD, FAAO, a Professor and Associate Dean for Research within the School of Optometry at MCPHS summarized his extensive research, which is focused on finding a commercial surgical solution to the problem of presbyopia. Presbyopia is farsightedness which is caused by the loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye and typically occurs in middle and old age.

    In addition, Misha Faustina, MD, a member of the faculty at Umass, discussed her medical and surgical expertise in oculoplastics surgery, including her experience in treating chronic and acute diseases of the eyelids and orbit.

    Conferences like “Eye to Eye” are representative of the type of intercollegiate collaboration that leads to the sharing of ideas and ultimately, improvements in care. "I am excited about the many ways in which UMass and MCPHS faculty could collaborate around eye care,” said Morris Berman OD, MS, Dean of the School of Optometry.

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at Umass, agrees.

    “The Eye to Eye initiative is unique in the area, and represents a new mindset, where optometrists and ophthalmologists in academic centers collaborate and share knowledge,” said Dr. Schaal. “We intend to work together around Education, Vision Research, and most importantly, around providing excellent coordinated care to our patients in central Massachusetts."

    The School of Optometry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers a four-year, full-time Doctor of Optometry program designed to prepare students with the requisite skills, experience, and confidence to practice and advance as a professional optometrist in a wide variety of clinical settings.