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August 21, 2012

Suny College Of Optometry Receives Grant To Expand Clinic In China

The  SUNY College of Optometry recently received a three-year $421,160 grant from the Lavelle  Fund for the Blind to expand the  clinic at the Center of Excellence in Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation at the Wenzhou Medical College in China.

Established in 2008 with an initial three- year Lavelle Fund grant , the low vision clinic will expand  to include new patient populations so that it will achieve full sustainability within three years. As part of the grant, a new computer-based system of data collection and analysis will be implemented.

“Over the past three years, the Center of Excellence has broken new ground in China, developing educational programming and providing services for the benefit of the visually impaired community. With the generous support of the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, we look forward to continuing our efforts to develop a self-sustaining model for vision rehabilitation services in China,” said Dr. David Heath, College President.

Dr. Michael Heiberger, project director, noted that the grant will fund a training program at the medical college for faculty and staff from other locations throughout China.

“With this generous support, this model for the delivery of low and vision rehabilitative care  can be replicated throughout China.  Rehabilitation has recently been made a priority of China’s central government which bodes well for future support of low vision services,” he said.