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Nehal Patel, OD - Optometry

Nehal Patel, OD


B.S. Biochemical Pharmacology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
M.D. Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL

Swagel-Wootton Eye Center, Mesa, AZ (Contact Lens)
Cleveland VAMC, Cleveland, OH (Low Vision)
White River Junction VAMC, White River Junction, VT (Ocular Disease)
llinois Eye Institute and Maryville Center for Children, Chicago, IL (Pediatrics)

Dr. Nehal Patel, O.D. is an optometrist and member of the American Optometric Association.

Patel received her optometric degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemical pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a minor in business management.

While in optometry school, she took the opportunity to complete a contact lens externship at the Swagel-Wootton Eye Center in Mesa, Arizona; a low vision externship at the Cleveland VAMC in Cleveland, Ohio; an ocular disease externship at the White River Junction VAMC in White River Junction, Vermont; and a pediatric externship at the Illinois Eye Institute and Maryville Center for Children in Chicago.

Patel is committed to an international optometry mission of bringing vision care to health care-impoverished communities. She has travelled with The OneSight Foundation on eight international missions (and one domestic mission) in which she aided in the administration of free eye exams and the distribution of recycled glasses to those without eye care.

These missions over the last seven years have included helping people receive eye care in Gambia (June 2010), Goa, India (October 2009), Honduras (April 2009), Amritsar, India (November 2008), Tijuana, Mexico (January 2008), Ubon Ratchitani, Thailand (2007), Alto Hospicio, Chile (2006), Asuncion, Paraguay (2005) and Quatitlan, Mexico (2004).

We at the Ross Eye Institute have been saddened by recent events surrounding race and inequality, but buoyed by the opportunity for lasting change. As healthcare providers, we are in a unique position to lead by example, and to further the goals of diversity and inclusion among our patients, students, and staff. We recognize there are systemic impediments to equal care for all, but we continue to be committed to the provision of excellent healthcare to all patients regardless of race or insurance status. We are proud of our efforts to provide equal access to eye care for all.

Today we renew our commitment to the Buffalo and the Western New York community, and we will continue to treat everyone as equals.​