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Susan A. Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO

Professor of Ophthalmology
Section of Optometry
Director, Optometry Services, Low Vision

Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, is director of Optometry Services and Low Vision Services. She specializes in vision rehabilitation to assist visually-impaired patients through the evaluation and prescription of low vision devices. Her research interests are in strategic public health approaches to address visual impairment and loss (especially due to glaucoma) and to reduce racial disparities in vision healthcare.

National Recognition

Dr. Primo is a known expert in low vision research and visual health disparities. She sits on several national panels and boards to address strategies and policies to reduce visual impairment in at-risk populations. She was named Optometrist of the Year by the National Optometric Association in 2005 and has received numerous awards and recognition for community service. Dr. Primo is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and has lectured extensively at various local and national meetings.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Comprehensive eye exams

• Evaluation and management of the low vision patient

• Community Health Centers




Susan A. Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO

Masters of Public Health:
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA, 1998-2002

VA Medical Center, Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, West Haven CT, 1985

Postgraduate Training:
New England College of Optometry, Boston MA, 1981-85

Undergraduate Studies:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, 1977-81


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