Each summer, the College offers a credit-bearing optometry course, “Introduction to Vision and Optometry,” at no cost to participants. This course is considered to be a “pre-first year optometry” and “gateway course” and is taught by SUNY Optometry faculty. This course provides an overview of exciting topics in vision science and optometry. Students will be introduced to basic ocular anatomy and physiology, visual perception and visual neuroscience. They will also learn and discuss diseases and conditions commonly seen in clinical practice and will have the opportunity to observe clinical eye care in the University Eye Center.
Some highlights of our Summer Academic Program include:
- Take the “Introduction to Vision and Optometry” course with our optometry faculty, and gain 2 elective credits
- A CSTEP symposium to include workshops to help gain a competitive edge to optometry school, a OD student panel, and networking opportunities
- One clinical observation in our eye clinic, the University Eye Center
- Network with our faculty, staff, and students
- Receive career, admissions, and financial aid counseling
(subject to change):
Structure/Function of the Eye and Visual System
Biochemistry/Physiology of the Eye
Optics of Refractive Errors
How we Become Nearsighted
The Brain and Vision
How to Do an Eye Exam
Systemic Disease in the Eye
New Technology in Eye Care
Pediatric Vision Care
Students may be able to transfer these courses to their home institutions for college credit.
“Introduction to Vision and Optometry” runs for eight weeks and meets one day per week. This course may be taken concurrently with the Spring Internship (see above)
Having already passed a bona fide course in optometry prior to applying to SUNY Optometry or another school or college of optometry will give CSTEP students a competitive advantage in the admissions process.