Julia Appel, OD

Associate Clinical Professor


Dr. Julia Appel is a 1991 graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry and completed the Residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport VAMC in 1992. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor working with third year interns in the Adult Primary Care clinic at the University Eye Center and is the Clinical Education Coordinator for the 3rd Year Class. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Appel is the Optometric Education Section liaison at the college. In her work as a member of the Clinical Education Department, she is involved in developing clinical programs including best practices in assessment and remediation. Her research interests are in optometric education in areas of clinical reasoning and assessment in the clinical setting.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 1991
  • BA, English Literature, Queens College, CUNY, 1987

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Residency in Rehabilitative Optometry - Northport VAMC, 1992


  • Diplomate - American Board of Optometry, 2013
  • Fellow - American Academy of Optometry, 2001


  • SUNY College of Optometry Alumna of the Year , 2019
  • Optometric Educator of the Year, 2017
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Education Coordinator 3rd Year Class, SUNY College of Optometry, 2008 - Present
  • Associate Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 1992 - Present

Research Interests

Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Assessment

Clinical Interests

Primary Eye Care Optometry

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