Michelle Blew, OD


A Doctor of Optometry (OD) is a physician who examines, diagnoses, treats, and counsels patients regarding eye diseases and disorders. An OD can prescribe medications, vision therapy, glasses, and contact lenses, and perform some surgical procedures.

BA, Religious Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Doctor of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL

Dr. Blew has worked at Lowell Community Health Center since 2018, serving as a Doctor of Optometry and the Eye Care Center’s Externship and Residency Coordinator.

She graduated from the University of Iowa before earning her optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2010. After practicing in the Chicago area, she completed an ocular disease residency at the VA Boston West Roxbury Division in 2012. Prior to starting at Lowell CHC, Dr. Blew was a staff optometrist at VA Central Western Massachusetts’s Worcester Outpatient Clinic from 2015-2018. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New England College of Optometry and served as the Director of Eye Care Services and Attending Optometrist at Lynn Community Health Center from 2012-2015.

Professional interests include the study, diagnosis, and management of ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and participating in the clinical education of optometry students as an adjunct faculty member at the New England College of Optometry (NECO), the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Southern California College of Optometry.

She was recognized as one of the 2014 NECO Clinical Preceptors of the Year. Dr. Blew is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog Dewey in Maine.

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