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

Biography

Allen Cohen started working at the College in 2006. He currently holds the position of Professor of Clinical Optometry in the Visual Rehabilitation and Visual Training (Head Trauma) department.

Prior to his current position at SUNY, Dr. Cohen held the position of Supervisor of Residency in Acquired Brain Injury /Primary Care.

Educational Background

Adelphi University, BS, 1963

Pennsylvania College of Optometry, OD, 1965

Work History

  • Clinical Professor of Optometry, SUNY State College of Optometry:

    • Visual Training; all phases to students, residents, and internship program

    • Rehabilitative Orthoptics - Residency Program, Rehabilitative Optometry, Northport   VA Medical Center, 1979 to 2007.

  • Chief, Optometry Service, Northport VA Medical Center, Northport N.Y., 1996 to 2007 (retired)

  • Private practice September 1965 to 2007

  • Clinical Professor of Optometry, SUNY State College of Optometry and The Raymond J. Greenwald Rehabilitative Center: June 1967 to present

  • Supervisor Head Trauma Residency SUNY State College of Optometry: 2010-present

Professional Organizations

  • Suffolk Optometric Society

  • New York State Optometric Association

  • American Optometric Association

  • New York Academy of Optometry

  • American Academy of Optometry (Fellowship)

  • Optometric Extension Program

  • College of Optometrists In Vision Development(fellowship)

  • Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA)
     

Positions Held

  • Chairman of Education: Suffolk Optometric Society, 1965

  • Chairman of Symposium Presentation: Suffolk Optometric Society, 1965

  • Vice-President: Suffolk Optometric Society, 1974 to 1976

  • President: Suffolk Optometric Society, 1975 to 1977

  • Vice-President: New York State Optometric Association, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

  • Chairman: Project Team on School Vision Screening - NYSOA, 1978, 1979, 1980

  • Member of team which developed New York State Optometric Association Vision Screening Battery, 1977 to present

  • President: New York State Optometric Association. 1983-1985

  • Member Third Party Benefits Advisory Committee American Optometric Association. 1984-1985

  • Chairman, Binocular Vision and Perception Committee, American Optometric Association. 1986-1993.

  • Officer: New York State Optometric Association. 1985-2005

  • Member: State Board For Optometry: 1999-2006

Specialty Certification

Diplomate Vision Training and Perception, December, 1972 American Academy of Optometry, Section on Binocular Vision and Perception

Board certified Fellow, College Of Optometrists in Vision Development. November 1989. Certification #: 2103.

Awards

  • Optometrist of the Year 1976 - 1977: Presented by Suffolk Optometric Society

  • "Teacher of the Year" SUN Y State College of Optometry, 1977

  • Distinguished Achievement Award 1979: Presented by New York Optometric Association

  • Distinguished Achievement Award 1983: Presented by New York Optometric Association.

  • Optometric Recognition Award: AOA 1984.

  • Northport VA Medical Center: Eye/Vision Program- Commendation.

  • Optometrist of The Year. New York State Optometric Association. 1988

  • Frederic A. Woll Memorial Award. New York State Optometric Association. 1989

  • President's Award. COVD. 1989.

  • Optometric Recognition Award: AOA 1991,1992.

Publications

Journals

The Use of CPT Codes in Optometric Vision Therapy. Journal of Behavioral optometry. Vol. 2, No.5, February 1991.

Optometry:The invisible member of the rehabilitation team. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Aug. 1992. pg.529

The effect of head trauma on the visual system: The doctor of optometry as a member of the rehabilitation team. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Aug.,1992. pgs. 530-536.

Optometric management of binocular dysfunctions secondary to head trauma: Case reports. Journal of the American Optometric association. Aug. 1992. pgs.569-575.

Efficacy of vision therapy for convergence insufficiency in an adult population: Journal of the American Optometric Association. April 1999. Pgs 225-233.

Management Of Patients with Hemianopic Visual Field Loss: Journal of Optometric Vision Development. Fall 2003, Volume 24, pgs 111-118.

Successful Visual Therapy Practice in a Managed Care Environment. Journal of Behavioral Optometry. Volume 15/2004 number 4. Pgs. 100-105.

The Role of Optometry in The Management of Vestibular Disorders. Brain Injury/professional. Volume 2, issue 3. 2005. Pgs.8-10.

Optometric Management of visual sequelae of frontal lobe-related traumatic brain injury: Journal of Behavioral Optometry. Volume 21/2010/numberl.

Optometric Management of a patient with parietal lobe injury: Journal of Behavioral Optometry. Volume 21/2010/number 6.

Textbooks

Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy: Edited by Leonard J. Press. Mosby 1997

Contributing author:
Chapter:
Acquired Visual Information Processing Disorders: Closed HeadTrauma Chapter:Optometric Rehabilitative Treatment

Treatment of Visual Problems in the Older Population: Edited by Gerald Melore.
Mosby 1997.

Contributing author:
Chapter:
Rehabilitative Optometry for the Older Adult.

Visual & Vestibular Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury: Edited by Irwin B.
Suchoff, Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, Neera Kapoor. 2001.

Contributing author:
Chapter:The Integration of Visual and Vestibular Systems in Balance Disorders-A Clinical Perspective 4.Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain injury: Editors: Penelope S. Suter and Lisa H. Harvey. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group: 2010

Contributing author:
Chapter:
Practice management

Papers/Presentations

1.  American Foundation For Vision Awareness. June, 1992. Montreal Canada. Affect of traumatic brain injury on visual performance as it relates to reading. Vision and Learning Conference: Sponsored by Michigan Optometric Association and Michigan Reading Association ETC, December 1993.
 

2.  Keynote Presenter. Pathways to Learning: The Brain... A Visual Information Processing System. Pathways to Learning: The Classroom... A Stress On The Visual System. Vision 99: International Conference on Low Vision: NYC. July 1999. Visual Field Loss Rehabilitation
 

3.  American Academy of Optometry, December 12-16,1991. Anaheim California. Overview Of The Neurophysio logical Basis Of Optometric Care Of Head Trauma. Low Vision section meeting.

  • Preparing Your Practice For Medicare 1992.
     

4.   OEP Regional Seminar: Gaithersburg, MD. March 7,8 1992

  • Optometric Rehabilitation of the Head Trauma Patient.

  • The Incorporation of Optometric Visual Therapy Into the SOAP Model.

5.   Southeast Optometric Vision Forum, April 4, 1992. Optometric Rehabilitation of the Head Trauma Patient.
 

6.  Lecturer: Northport VA Medical Center REMEC: Occupational Therapy and Optometry. June 1992. Visual problems secondary to head trauma and stroke.
 

7.Lecturer: New Jersey Academy of Optometry. Aug. 1992. Optometric management of the head trauma patient.
 

8. Lecturer: Bowling Green Conference. September 19-21, 1992

  • Optometric management of the Head Trauma Patient

  • Incorporation of Optometric Visual Therapy   into the Soap Model

9.   Lecturer: 23RD Annual Colorado Vision Training Conference. Peaceful Valley
Colorado. October 2,3,4, 1992

  • Optometric management of the Head Trauma Patient

  • Incorporation of Optometric Visual Therapy into the Soap Model

10. Lecturer: Northeast Congress of Optometry. October 25,1992. Optometric Management of The Head Trauma Patient
 

11. Lecturer: Northwest Congress of Optometry. December 5-7, 1992. Optometric Management of The Head Trauma Patient
 

12. Lecturer: AOA Congress. June 1993. Anaheim California. Optometric evaluation of the TBI Patient.
 

13. Lecturer: OEP Regional Seminar. Modesto California. March 5,6,7 1993.

  • Optometric management of the Head Trauma Patient

  • Incorporation of Optometric Visual Therapy into the Soap Model

14.  Lecturer: OEP Regional Seminar. Portland Oregon October 15-17, 1993

  • Optometric management of the Head Trauma Patient

  • Incorporation of Optometric Visual Therapy into the Soap Model

15. Lecturer: American Academy Of Optometry. Boston Mass. December, 1993. Evaluation and Management-Medicare
 

16. Lecturer: Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International, 5th Annual Multi-Disciplinary Conference. Chicago. May 1996

  • The Brain: Neuroplasticity and Visual Processing.

  • Using the Concepts of Neuroplasricity for High Yield Visual Therapy.

17. Lecturer: The First European Congress of Behavioral Optometry. March 7-9 1997. The Brain: Neuroplasticity and Visual Processing.
 

18.Lecturer. Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular and Balance Disorders. Sponsored by: Neurological Associates Inc. September 20, 1997. Visual and Ocular Motor Dysfunctions
 

19. Lecturer. Eastern States Optometric Congress. June 8, 1998.

  • Vision, Vestibular and Balance Disorders- Diagnosis and treatment strategies

  • Can Optometric Visual Therapy Survive Managed Care?

20.  Lecturer. Institute of Optometry-F.E.O.L.A.-S.O.P.T.I. October 10,11,12 1998.
Rome, Italy.

  • Course(24 hours): Diagnosis and Treatment Concepts of Visual Therapy for the Treatment of Functional Vision Problems.

21.  Lecturer. Institute of Optometry-ASSOPTO. September 26,27, 1999. Rome Italy.

  • Course: (14 hours): Diagnosis and Treatment of Functional Visual Problems Part II.   Visual Therapy American Style

22.  Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 27,2001

  • Impact of the Visual System on Vesibular and Balance Disorders. 25.Lecturer. American Academy of Optometry. December 7,2001. Can you survive a Medicare audit ?

23.  Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2002.

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury


24.  Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2003

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury

25.Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2004

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury

26.Lecturer. VA Employee Education System. September 19, 2006

  • Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

27.Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2005

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury

28.Presenter: State of Science Workshop: Walter Reed Army Medical Center: 4/21/06

  • Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

29.Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2006

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury

30.Lecturer. VA Employee Education System. September 19, 2006

  • Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

31.Lecturer. Southshore Neurological Associates. January 16,2007.

  • Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

32. Lecturer. COVD Annual Meeting. October 2007

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury

33. Keynote Speaker. "Focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference. March 14, 2007

  • Visual Consequences of Acquired Brain Injury

  • Lecturer. Balance and Vestibular Problems. What is the Role of Optometry?

34.New England College of Optometry faculty and student continuing education program. March 13, 2007

  • Optometric management of Visual Field loss

34. Lecturer. VA Employee Education System. Optometric Management Of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury . San Antonio Texas December 2007.
 

35.Presenter. Optometric Extension Program Regional Clinical Seminar. Optometric Management of the Patient with Acquired Brain Injury. Cockeysville, MD.July 2008.
 

36.Presenter. Northern California Regional Clinical Seminar.   Optometric Management of the Patient with Acquired Brain Injury. Palo Alto CA. August 2008.
 

37.Presenter. Network Education System VIS1N I Continuing Education Provider Unit. Optometric Management of the Patient with Acquired Brain Injury. Lecture and workshops. Bedford MA. September 2008.
 

38.  Presenter. Northern California Regional Clinical Seminar. Optometric Management of the Patient with Acquired Brain Injury and the Dizzy Patient. Palo Alto CA. August 2009.
 

39. Presenter: Eastern States Congress: The Impact of the Visual System on Vestibular and Balance Disorders: White Plains NY. April 2010
 

40. Presenter: Eastern States Congress: VT Cases from Diagnosis to Coding. White PlainsNY. April 201