Vision Therapy, Pediatrics

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

Externship Supervisor
Ida Chung, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4140

Neera Kapoor, OD, MS
Phone: (212) 938-5890

Program Description
The VT/Peds externship is jointly coordinated by the Vision Rehabilitation and Pediatrics Services.  It is unique in its combination of exposure to both pediatric primary care and secondary visual and perceptual rehabilitation.

The pediatric part 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 of the pediatric optometry student.  Emphasis of the program will focus on the expedient triage 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 visual rehabilitation is complicated by concurrent diagnoses of acquired brain injury, 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 student who rotates through the Pediatric and VT externship will expand their knowledge of pediatric and visual rehabilitative optometry by communicating directly with the above mentioned professions.

The Pediatric/Vision Therapy extern will rotate through these core clinical experiences: Infants Vision, Pediatrics, Strabismus work-ups, Strabismus therapy, Preschool vision therapy, Ezra Medical Center, Skills and perceptual evaluations, and Skills and perceptual therapy.

The externship has the built-in flexibility to allow the extern to tailor the program towards his/her interests by choosing 3 electives from the following

  • Biofeedback clinic
  • General vision therapy
  • Infants vision therapy
  • School-based pediatric clinic
  • Children with special needs examinations
  • Strabismus work-up
  • Infants Vision examinations
  • Pediatric examinations
  • Head trauma evaluations/follow-ups
  • Head trauma training
  • Woodhull Hospital


Not Provided

External Rotations


Additional Requirements
All externs will be expected to keep a log of all patients seen.  Each extern will be expected to present case discussions to other pediatric externs, 4th year professional students and interested faculty.

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