Joy Harewood, OD

Associate Clinical Professor
Languages: English, Spanish
Specialties: Advanced Care, Ocular Disease, Retina


Joy Harewood, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at the SUNY College of Optometry. She has achieved Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry. Dr Harewood has extensive experience in hospital-based eye care and the first was the first fulltime optometrist performing inpatient consults at Northwell Health’s Staten Island University Hospital campus. This is a position she held for 6 years. Dr. Harewood then worked as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at BronxCare Health System. There, she taught optometry and ophthalmology residents in a clinical and didactic setting, and provided direct patient care. She currently serves on the UC Berkeley Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). She was named the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at SUNY College of Optometry in 2020, along with being appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor. She is a leading voice in the push to increase diversity in the optometric field.


  • Advanced Care
  • Ocular Disease
  • Retina


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Ocular Disease - SUNY College of Optometry, 2012


  • Diplomate, American Board of Optometry - American Board of Optometry (ABO), 2020
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry - American Academy of Optometry (AAO), 2012
  • NY State Optometry License - NYS Department of Education Office of the Professions, 2011


  • Diversity in Medicine Mentorship Award, 2022
  • Michael G Harris Distinguished Service Award, 2021
  • Council Member - UC Berkeley School of Optometry Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, 2020
  • Service Excellence Award, 2018
  • Service Excellence Award, 2015

Professional Experience

  • Council Member, University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry, Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging , UC Berkeley School of Optometry , 2020 - Present

Clinical Interests

  • Glaucoma, Optometric Education
  • Retina
  • General Eye Exam (Adult Primary Care; Ages 14+)


  • Ocular Emergencies , 2022
  • Defining race and ethnicity in Optometry., Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists) 41 (4): 659-662 659-662, 2021
  • Oral therapies for diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, Review of Optometry 2016
  • Ocular Health: A matter of the heart, Review of Optometry 2015


  • Race, equity and culture in the exam room, 2021
  • Managing co-management: Best practices in optometric surgical co-management, 2021
  • Posterior Uveitis: A toolkit for the primary eye care provider, 2021
  • Beyond the exam room: Practice ways to improve patient access to care, 2021
  • COVID-19 and the Eye: What you need to know, 2021
  • Posterior Uveitis: A toolkit for the primary eye care provider, 2021
  • A Rare Presentation of Ocular Inflammation, 2021
  • A Rare Case of Alpha Thalassemia Trait Causing Peripheral Retina Neovascularization, 2020
    Oral Presentation
  • Updates on the treatment and management of diabetic retinopathy, 2020
  • Retina Grand Rounds: Cases from the trenches, 2017
  • Posterior Uveitis: A guideline for the primary eye care provider, 2015
  • Neuromyelitis Optica – Case Report and Diagnostic Update, 2015
  • Spontaneous Traumatic Macular Hole Closure in a 46-year-old Caucasian Male, 2015
  • The Differential Diagnosis of Functional vs. Pathological Vision loss, 2012
  • Ocular Manifestations of Antiphospholipid Syndrome: A Case Report, 2012
  • Clear skin and blurred vision: the visual and ocular side effects of Accutane, 2012
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