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Faculty Feature: Dr. Christopher Albright

Meet Dr. Christopher Albright, MCO’s Most Recent Faculty Member 

As a former MCO Cornea and Contact Lenses resident, Dr. Albright brings his knowledge of the field and practice experience to our students. He returns with a great comfort for MCO/FSU and love for our college and students. Welcome back, Dr. Albright! 

What is your educational background? 

I attended Saint Francis University where I received my bachelor’s in Chemistry. During my time at Saint Francis, I was able to shadow several professions and discovered a particular affinity for optometry. This led me to attend the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. I then completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the Michigan College of Optometry.  

What led you to MCO? 

I was presented with a great opportunity to return to MCO following my work in private practice. MCO already felt like home with my previous experience as a Resident, so I was excited to return! Additionally, MCO has great opportunities for personal and professional development which I am looking forward to pursuing. 

Pictures of Dr. Albright and his girlfriend with fish they have caught

What is your favorite aspect of MCO? 

Hands down the students! From the classroom to the clinic, it is exciting to watch the students grow both professionally and personally as they progress through the program. I enjoy seeing the students overcome challenges and have those “light bulb” moments where everything clicks. The enthusiasm and joy the students bring to the classroom and clinic gets me excited to go to work every day. I also enjoy the challenges the students give me, which drives me to continually learn to stay relevant and up to date.  

What kind of involvement do you have in the optometric community?  

I am involved in the American Academy of Optometry and the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. I look forward to expanding my involvement as my career progresses. 

If there's something you could say to an MCO student, what would it be?  

You will be met with many challenges while at MCO. Don’t fear these challenges, take them head on for these opportunities are the chance for you to grow both professionally and personally. At times it may be overwhelming, but the day you walk off that stage carrying your diploma, all those hard times will be worth it. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask questions and step out of your comfort zone. Lastly, but most importantly, take time for yourself to maintain your mental and physical health.  

If there's one thing you could say to MCO alumni, what would it be?  

MCO is a special place! The tight knit group and close relationships between the students and faculty makes MCO an amazing place to learn and grow. This environment fosters students to learn and engage. I want to thank the alumni for being a part in building this atmosphere and their continued support because without it MCO would not be able to continue its positive trajectory. 

What makes the Contact Lens department at MCO special?  

We often refer to ourselves as the “Contact Lens Team”. This team atmosphere allows us to work cohesively which positively adds to the student experience. Sometimes contacts, especially specialty lenses, can be overwhelming for students, but we strive to make them fun and approachable. Although all of us are well versed in contacts, we each have our own areas of interest and unique experiences that bring variety to the student learning experience.

What do you look forward to accomplishing during your career?  

Currently as a new faculty, I am striving to improve my talents as an educator through refining my teaching style and material. As far as long-term goal projections I am not exactly sure as my interests may change and evolve overtime, so I want to keep all options and avenues open. 

Dr. Albright, his girlfiend, and their cat

Where do you see the future of optometry heading?  

The optometric landscape is constantly evolving. Newer technologies continue to push the envelope challenging our understanding of ocular pathologies and anatomy as well as promoting office efficiency. However, not all technologies may be beneficial for the long-term and we must ensure we always take a patient-centric approach.

I am a firm believer for using technology to our advantage, but we must never jeopardize our personalized patient relationships. We must continue to embrace change and practice evidence-based medicine while utilizing these new technologies appropriately.  

What activities do you enjoy outside of Optometry  

If I am not working, you can find me outdoors! I enjoy fishing, kayaking, golfing, and hiking as well as exploring all what Michigan has to offer. All of these are made even more special and enjoyable with my girlfriend Amanda. We also recently adopted a Bengal kitten Mila! She has brought bundles of joy and excitement into our lives. We are looking forward to watching her grow and come on adventures with us!