SUNY Optometry: Pediatric and Rehabilitative Care

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY  10036

Externship Supervisors (Interim):
Neera Kapoor, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Phone: (212) 938-5890

Harriette Canellos, OD
Phone: (212) 938-5920

Program Description
The Externship in Pediatric and Rehabilitative Care provides students with exposure to clinical care that emphasizes the rehabilitative specialties of Vision Therapy and Low Vision.  It is unique in that it provides a combination of exposure to the rehabilitative disciplines as well as the pediatric population that provides exposure to binocular vision and special  needs pediatric patients.

The pediatric portion of the externship is developed to expose externs to an expanded competence in the treatment of children entering the eye care system.  This program is meant to broaden the clinical knowledge base in the area of pediatric patients in order to prioritize associated treatment strategies.

Besides exposing the extern to broader strabismus and amblyopia diagnosis and therapy, the extern will be exposed to populations where the need for rehabilitation is complicated by concurrent diagnoses of acquired brain injury and/or ocular diseases, learning disabilities, or severe neurological and developmental delays.  Emphasis is placed on diagnostic and therapeutic techniques developed for these populations, as well as integration of optometric rehabilitation with other disciplines including ophthalmology, education, psychology, neurology, and occupational therapists.  Diagnostic testing by these disciplines will be related to optometric testing batteries.

The Pediatric and Rehabilitative Care Extern will rotate through these 8 core clinical experiences:

  • Infants Vision/Children with Special Needs
  • Pediatric and Adult Primary Care
  • VT strabismic evaluations and therapy
  • Head  trauma evaluations and therapy
  • VT Skills and perceptual evaluations and therapy
  • Low vision evaluations and management

In addition, the externship has built in flexibility to allow the extern to tailor the program towards his or her interests by choosing electives from the following:

  • School-based pediatric clinics
  • Infants Vision/Children with special needs examinations and therapy (therapy is only offered on Saturday afternoons)
  • Strabismus evaluations
  • Pediatric examinations
  • Woodhull Hospital
  • Ezra Medical Center
  • Head Trauma


Not provided

Equipment Required


External Rotations



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