Receive greetings and the very best welcome to our website of the School of Optometry of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, the only School of Optometry in the Caribbean, accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and the main provider of bilingual (English/Spanish) Doctors of Optometry (OD) for Puerto Rico, United States and the world.
Since 1981, we have seen a gradual transformation of the School from one devoted to fulfil the needs of optometrists for Puerto Rico, to one dedicated to the education and training of bilingual professionals. Our student body has become one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse of any educational institution in Puerto Rico and the United States. Our students become professionals prepared to serve the needs of all patients, but most specially, the growing Hispanic population in the continental United States.
As a School we are committed to ensure an integral formation of eye care professionals as a School. To achieve our goals we have implemented a comprehensive curriculum review, to raise the level of knowledge and experience of our students and graduates as they prepare to face the future challenges of Optometry.
For those of you accessing from the United States, Canada, or other countries from around the World, something that these pages cannot convey appropriately is the natural friendliness and warmth of the Puerto Rican people. Our Island offers plenty opportunities to enjoy its natural beauties, as well as cultural and sports events of all types. Feel free to visit us when you deem it appropriate, I will guarantee you will feel like home. I hope to greet and meet many of you personally in the near future.
Andrés Pagán, O.D., M.P.H
Dean, School of Optometry