About Our College | A Message from the Dean

Dear Friends,

Michael Twa, O.D.,Ph.D.
Professor & Dean

I hope you and yours are well and finding healthy and creative ways to manage during this exceptional time. Here’s an update about what is happening at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
As the number of national coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking precautionary steps based on guidance provided by University, regional, state, and Federal health agencies. At the present time, we have suspended all but essential clinical services and are implementing tele-health services to help maintain our link to the community of patients we serve. We will let our community know when the surgical center is back in operation and when it is possible to put our student externs back out into the community working with each of you.

Academic Training
At this time, the University has ceased all in-person instructional activities on the UH campus for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. Optometry students will not report for on-campus classes, laboratories, externships or clinics until further notice. In response to this declaration, we moved all of our academic instruction online on the unprecedented time-scale of one week! This was accomplished thanks to an enormous effort by the faculty, staff, and administration, but it has gone very well.
I am touched by the dedication to our students shown by each and every member of our community. This call to come together has really shown what we can do when we are unified. We continue to work on innovative solutions to provide meaningful substitutes for direct patient care learning experiences.

Numerous college events have been cancelled, rescheduled or postponed because of the pandemic, including: The Donor Appreciation Brunch, continuing education meetings, faculty retreats and, even, graduation. For the complete list of events, please check out the “College Events” section under College Announcements on our website. We will keep you informed as we make plans for future events.

If you would like to read the current University of Houston’s coronavirus advisory, click this link: https://www.uh.edu/internal-alerts/coronavirus/

If there is any way we can be helpful to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. All of us at the UH College of Optometry are here for you.

Be well and be mindful, 

Michael Twa, O.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
Humana Endowed Dean’s Chair in Optometry
College of Optometry
University of Houston
www.opt.uh.edu | 713-743-9967 | mdtwa@uh.edu