Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO

Susan A. Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO

Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, section of Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center. She is director of Vision and Optical Services, Low Vision. She specializes in vision rehabilitation to assist visually-impaired patients through the evaluation and prescription of low vision devices. Her research interests are in strategic public health approaches to address visual impairment and loss (especially due to glaucoma) and to reduce racial disparities in vision healthcare.

National Recognition

Dr. Primo is a known expert in low vision research and visual health disparities. She sits on several national panels to address strategies and policies to reduce visual impairment in at-risk populations. She was named Optometrist of the Year by the National Optometric Association in 2005 and has received numerous awards and recognition for community service.

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Evaluation of the low vision patient
  • Community Health Centers


  • Masters of Public Health: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA, 1998-2002
  • Internship: GVA Medical Center, Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, West Haven CT, 1985
  • Postgraduate Training: New England College of Optometry, Boston MA, 1981-85
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, 1977-81