Brooklyn, NY — Kara Pasner, OD, MS, assistant professor of vision care technology at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), has been named one of the U.S. optical industry’s “Most Influential Women.”
Dr. Pasner was one of 11 women from around the country honored in the Mentor Category this year by Vision Monday, the optical industry’s leading news magazine.
“This report is one of the most widely-read and anticipated in Vision Monday, a special feature developed to recognize the diverse contributions of professional women throughout the $32 billion optical/eyewear industry and vision care field,” said Marge Axelrad, senior vice president/editorial director of the Jobson Optical Group, publisher of Vision Monday.
Dr. Pasner was chosen for “serving as a role model for aspiring opticians to either further their education and become optometrists, or to become more well-versed opticians by their understanding of the material she teaches them,” Axelrad added.
A full-time member of the City Tech faculty for five of her 20-year career in optical, Dr. Pasner, helps guide students into the industry. She enjoys the teaching process. “My students are always curious,” she says. “Teaching is very different than practicing. You’re helping students learn, taking in their questions and re-evaluating what you know.”
In addition to teaching at City Tech, Dr. Pasner has a solo practice with locations in Midwood, Brooklyn; Midtown Manhattan; and Ocean and Whiting, NJ. Currently, she is the low vision optometrist on the New York team of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved Implantable Miniature Telescope from Centrasight, Inc. The articles she has contributed to such publications as Eyewitness and Contact Lens Spectrum focus on the use of contact lenses in special populations, like athletes and the aged, and those with low vision.
She is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, both the New York and New Jersey Boards of Optometrists, and the National Federation of Opticianry Schools. She has presented lectures to opticians on the local, state and national levels.
Dr. Pasner encourages students to get involved early in professional organizations. “It helps you make a name for yourself,” she explains. “It’s a small industry and your reputation means a lot.” She believes women in the optical field are on par with male colleagues. “If you think you are disadvantaged being a woman, you’ll be creating your own obstacles,” she remarks. “If you set clear goals and work to achieve them, your chance to succeed is the same. Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said: ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’”
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls more than 16,000 students in 63 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs.