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Diane Calderon-Villanueva, OD

Chief of Primary Care Assistant Clinical Professor


Dr. Calderon received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 2003, and completed a residency in Primary Care Optometry at The Eye Institute at PCO in 2004. She began her career as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Optometry, and served in various roles during her tenure, including supervision of third and fourth year interns, laboratory and didactic instruction, and being the faculty advisor for a number of student associations. While on faculty at NSU, she actively pursued scholarly activities while also participating in numerous mission trips with Student Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity (SVOSH).

In 2008, Dr. Calderon relocated to New York and began working at a large OD/MD private practice. In this setting, she provided full-scope optometric care, ranging from comprehensive primary care to working alongside ophthalmologists providing advanced care in a range of specialties. She also founded the first OD/MD private practice optometric residency program in the State of New York affiliated with SUNY Optometry.

In 2018, Dr. Calderon returned to academia and took on the administrative role of Chief of Primary Care at the University Eye Center at SUNY College of Optometry.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Calderon has been involved with organized optometry on the state and national levels. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association. She has served on the peer review board for Optometry - Journal of the American Optometric Association, has presented at national meetings, and has been a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.


Primary Eye Care

Ocular Disease

Diabetic Eye Exams

Cornea/Contact Lenses


Clinical Examiner, National Board of Examiners in Optometry (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

Member, American Optometric Association


BA, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1999    

BS, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 2003


The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Primary Care Resident, 2004



Shechtman DL, Calderon DE. Posterior Vitreous Detachment: A Common Process                             

With Potential for Ocular Morbidity. Review of Optometry. Fifth Annual Guide to Retinal Disease. November 2008. 11-16.

Shechtman DL, Calderon DE. A Pattern Dystrophy of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium. Optometric Management. June 2007. 71-73.

Black GS, Calderon DE. Piece CCT into the Glaucoma Puzzle Review of Optometry. July 2006. 51-53.

Kabat AG, Calderon DE. Sjogren’s Syndrome and How to Manage it. Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. April 2006. 30-34

Calderon DE, Schinas Z. Publication. Vanquish the Virus: A Review of Herpetic Eye Disease. Review of Optometry. May 2005. 98-107.


Calderon DE, Shechtman DL. Revelation of a Retinal Pattern Dystrophy with the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).

SECO International. February 2007. Atlanta, GA          

Calderon, DE. Atypical Unilateral Painless Vision Loss in an Adolescent: A Case Report.

American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. June 2005. Dallas,TX.

Calderon, DE, Kabat AG, Schinas Z, et al. Successful Management of a Central Bacterial Corneal Ulcer with Topical Moxifloxacin and the Importance of Concurrent Corticosteroid Use.

American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. June 2005. Dallas, TX

Roseman K, Calderon D, Alzi M. Bloody Tears as Presenting Sequelae of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)

American Academy of Optometry Meeting, December 2003. Dallas, TX.  

L E C T U R E S  &  P R E S E N T A T I O N S 

Opening our Eyes: A Discussion on the Future of Optometric Education                               March 2019

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

Invited Panelist. Two Tiered Profession.

Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Arlington, VA

Diversity Hackathon                                                                                                                           September 2018

The Profession of Optometry

SUNY College of Optometry. New York, NY                                                                                                           

What’s New in the Management of Central Retinal Vein Occlusions                                      June 2007

11th Annual Clinical Eye Care Conference.

Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Acute and Chronic Vision Loss                                                                                                          September 2006

Physician’s Assistant Course (PAC) 5110 – Clinical Medicine & Surgery

Nova Southeastern University. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Ocular Urgencies and Emergencies (Ophthalmic Professionals)                                              July 2006

Hollywood Nights: Florida Optometric Association’s Annual Convention.

Marco Island, FL

Working up the Patient with Systemic Disease (Ophthalmic Professionals)                          July 2006

Hollywood Nights: Florida Optometric Association’s Annual Convention.

Marco Island, FL

Advanced Posterior Segment: The White Dot Syndromes                                                         February 2006

Module Conference: Spring 2006

Nova Southeastern University. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Glaucoma Therapy for Today and Tomorrow                                                                              August 2005

Glaucoma Update.

Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Atypical Unilateral Painless Vision Loss in an Adolescent: A Case Report                             March 2005

Clinical Grand Rounds.

NSU College of Optometry. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Fingernail Keratitis: Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome                                                        January 2004

Clinical Grand Rounds. 

Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Philadelphia, PA.


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