February 2017 

Advocate for Vision

Dear Friends,
SUNY Optometry is committed to the ongoing development of educational, research, and patient care programs that advance eye health and the visual well-being of the public. But we do not exist in a silo; our accomplishments would not be possible without the support of many partners, particularly government entities.
Assistant clinical professor Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Perez ventured to Capitol Hill with 20 other domestic and international vision-related research advocates this month in support of funding for the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health. Such advocacy is necessary to ensure eye and vision health’s place as a public health priority for our congressional representatives.
The College community is pleased to announce that NEI director and internationally renowned clinical neurophysiologist Dr. Paul Sieving will deliver this year’s commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Science on Thursday, May 25. Award-winning journalist Dr. Max Gomez will also receive a Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony. Both gentlemen are stellar examples of our institutional values – excellence, leadership, inquiry, innovation, professionalism, and service to diverse communities – and have made lasting contributions to the advancement of eye, vision, and health care.
We all contribute to the future of eye and vision care in different ways. I hope you will support the Optometric Center of New York, the College’s affiliated foundation, as it honors Essilor’s Bob Colucci and CooperVision’s Jerry Warner during the 14th annual Eyes on New York Gala. Dave Sattler will serve as honorary chair; Martin L. Bassett and Guy Guglielmino are this year's corporate co-chairs. Tickets are available on the College's website for you to join us Friday, March 31 at The Plaza, especially if you will be in New York City for Vision Expo East.

David A. Heath, OD, EdM