Dr. Weissberg, the director of clinical education, is a professor of optometry in the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care and has been a faculty member at the college since 1998. He is the instructor of record for the course Strabismus and Amblyopia and is also a clinical instructor at the South End Community Health Center and the South Boston Community Health Center.
Dr. Weissberg’s clinical area of expertise is strabismus and amblyopia. The primary areas of interest for his research are myopia, amblyopia, and international eye care delivery. He is the principal investigator for the Collaborative Observational Study of Myopia in COMET. Children, a longitudinal study on the progression of myopia within the cohort of children who participated in the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET), which began in 1999, was a three-year, multi-center, randomized clinical trial to evaluate whether or not progressive additional lenses slow the rate of progression of juvenile-onset myopia in school-age children when compared to conventional single vision lenses. COMET/COSMICC is now entering its 12th year of data collection. Based on the findings from COMET, the rationale for an additional multi-site, randomized trial, COMET 2, emerged. Dr. Weissberg is the principal investigator for COMET 2, which compares progressive additional lenses to single vision lenses in their respective abilities to slow the progression of juvenile onset myopia within a subset population of children with poor accommodative responses and near esophoria. Both studies are funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health.
In the area of international eye care delivery, Dr. Weissberg is especially interested in how eye care is delivered to children in the developing world. He began his research on this subject by collecting prevalence data on the age ranges of patients served by eye care missions to Nicaragua and identified children as an underserved population. Starting in 2005, he became involved with the VERAS project, which was initiated by the chair of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to provide vision screenings to children in Central America. With the goal in mind of overcoming the lack of eye care professionals in rural areas of developing nations, Dr. Weissberg tested a procedure in northern Nicaragua for determining refractive error in the absence of an eye care professional. Additionally, he has mentored a master’s student at the college on a project comparing techniques that could be used to determine refractive error in the absence of eye care professionals.
Dr. Weissberg is a four-time recipient of the Foster Namias Award for excellence in didactic instruction. He was awarded the Carroll Martus Award for outstanding clinical instruction in 2003 and the Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence in 2005. He has manuscript referee responsibilities for Optometry and Vision Science and is a book reviewer for the publisher Elsevier. Dr. Weissberg is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity. He is an alumnus of the college, having earned his doctor of optometry degree in 1997, and was the 2007 recipient of the alumni association’s Young Optometrist of the Year Award.