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October 8, 2003

SUNY Optometry Professor Inducted into Optometry Hall of Fame

On October 23, Harold A. Solan, O.D., M.A., researcher, clinician and former chief of the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the SUNY College of Optometry, was one of five individuals inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame, during a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

The National Optometry Hall of Fame recognizes persons whose dedicated service and lifetime achievements have advanced the profession of optometry.

Solan, a Columbia University ,49 graduate, has been a faculity member at Columbia University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is an internationally recognized expert in children's perceptual and reading development. He has authored dozens of articles relating to optometry, lectured internationally, conducted worships around the globe and received numerous fellowships, awards and major appointments. In 2001, he received SUNY Optometry's highest honor, the Benjamin Franklin Society Award, in recognition of his 43 years of dedication to the Optometric Center of New York and to the College.

Some of his lecture and article topics include reading readiness, accommodative infacility, perceptual norms, convergence excess, testing and training methods, dyslexia, intermittent periodic exotropia, and convergence insufficiency.

Solan and his wife, Shirley, live in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

The SUNY College of Optometry offers a four-year post-baccalaureate degree program in optometry and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in vision science. It has the largest outpatient vision care service in the country and an international research institute in vision science.