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University Eye Center’s social workers are here to help you cope with whatever challenges you face.

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Social Work Services

We are part of an interdisciplinary team working with vision specialists and other health care professionals to provide the best possible care.

Social work services at University Eye Center include:
  • Assessing whether patients and/or their families need support services that can be provided internally such as coping skills or referrals for long-term counseling
  • Referral to community resources
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Patient advocacy with outside social systems such as medical and educational institutions
  • Patient and staff education

In addition, the Social Work Department offers free monthly support group meetings which are open to public for:
  • Survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their loved ones
  • Loved ones of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors
  • Individuals with visual impairments/low vision issues and their loved ones

Common Questions

Why am I being contacted by a social worker when I just wanted to set up an appointment with the low vision or head trauma service?
Social workers contact all head trauma and low vision patients to obtain a complete history of the patient’s needs and problems. By doing this, we can help the optometrist to provide a more comprehensive exam, as well as identify any gaps in service, make referrals and inform patients of services provided at UEC such as short-term counseling and support groups.

Is counseling available only to patients of the UEC?
No, the resources of the social work department are available to all members of the SUNY College of Optometry community including students, faculty, and staff.

Is there a cost associated with social work services?
No, social work services are available without charge to any patient of the University Eye Center, as well as SUNY staff, faculty and students.