It’s happened to all of us: we’re at a pool and walk inside to grab some watermelon — when, suddenly, it seems that everything has gone black. You can’t coordinate your next step, let alone get to the watermelon a few feet in front of you! It takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust before you can take a moment to sink your teeth into the cool, sweet fruit. But why?
Name: Suresh Viswanathan, BOpt, MS, PhD, FAAO
Capacity: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences
Campus: SUNY College of Optometry
Research: Focuses on developing tests for the early detection of neuronal dysfunction in glaucoma and understanding some of the early mechanisms that contribute to neuronal cell death. These investigations use electrophysiological, psychophysical and in vivo imaging techniques.
Read Dr. Viswanathan’s complete professional profile.
Q: Why is it hard to see when I walk indoors on a sunny day?
SUNY College of Optometry students now have a new option for an advanced degree from an unexpected source – Empire State College. Through an agreement signed last week, the College of Optometry and Empire State College will develop and deliver an advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management. Graduates of the program will earn 18 credits over 6 courses that can then transfer to the Empire State College School for Graduate Studies MBA program. Nationally, this is the first time that a school of optometry has partnered with another educational institution on such a program.
This new program is a result of both the increasing interest from optometry students to receive business management education and the private and public sector need for managers that are also health care subject matter experts.
Beginning Monday, November 26, SUNY will be pinning stories of giving, service, and kindness originating from each of our 64 campuses and the communities that these schools are a part of.
With over 467,000 students, SUNY consistently takes advantage of the opportunity it has to be a significant impact in communities across New York State. The 30 Days of Giving campaign is a great way to recognize students and community partners involved in the many projects that happen all year round at each SUNY campus and their surrounding communities. The byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.