VA Medical Center, Newington CT

VA Medical Center
555 Willard Ave
Newington, CT 06111
VA Connecticut Health Care

Externship Supervisor
Richard Sui, OD
Tel: (860) 667-6719 ext. 6742
Fax: (860) 667-6833

Additional Faculty
Nancy Shenouda-Awad, OD
David M. Imondi, OD
Joseph N. Petitti, OD
Sharon Bisighini, OD
Cheryl Haskes.OD

Leonard Oshinskie, OD
Phone: (860) 667-6742

Program Description
The Optometry Section provides primary eye care outpatient services to eligible veterans in the greater Hartford area.  The average age of our population is 60-65 and predominantly male.  In the last fiscal year over 15,000 outpatient visits were recorded.  This population exhibits a high prevalence of ocular and systemic disease.  Approximately 30% of our patients are diabetic.  We currently manage hundreds of  glaucoma patients.  There is also a high prevalence of AMD, optic nerve disorders and neurological conditions with ophthalmic complications.

The Optometry Clinic consists of ten fully equipped exam rooms, as well as digital ocular photography(fundus and slit lamp), OCT III, FDT, Humphrey visual fields unit, autorefractor and autolensometer,.

Staffing includes two full-time optometrists, four part-time attending staff, two full-time optometric residents, as well as ophthalmologic consultants in retina, and general ophthalmology.  An optician has been recently added to our staff

Student affiliations exist with PCO, NEWENCO, ICO and SUNY so that we have between 6-8 students present at any one time.(1 to 2 from each school each quarter)

The student role is to perform comprehensive or followup eye examinations on 6-10 patients per day.  One half day a week the students perform automated visual fields.  Students are also asked to present a lecture on a pertinent topic once during their quarter at our weekly morning lecture series.

Optometry staff have full therapeutic privileges including treatment of glaucoma patients and use of oral medications.  Students are actively involved in the therapeutic management of patients with glaucoma, anterior segment and systemic disease.  Most students find they are much more comfortable with management of ocular disease after completing this rotation.


Not provided (see below)

Equipment Required

78D, 90D, 20D, transilluminator, retinoscope, ophthalmoscope.

External Rotations


Housing is the student’s responsibility.  Some guidance in finding and selecting housing in the area can be provided by Dr. Oshinskie.

Additional Requirements
Site application.

Health Requirements
TB testing required.

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