He came from humble beginnings. An early life filled with days of hard work, odd jobs and an uncertain future. However, a meeting with the late Dr. Chester Pheiffer, University of Houston College of Optometry Dean (1961-1979), changed the course of his life.
Not your typical student, Dr. Shea was already 26-years-old, with a family to support, no job or scholarships lined up, and lacked the usual prerequisites for admission to the optometry program at UHCO. Nonetheless, Dr. Pheiffer took a chance on Dr. Shea, giving him the opportunity to pursue his goal of becoming an optometrist. He encouraged him to focus on his studies, assisted him with scholarships and offered part-time work opportunities in the Clinic, something Dr. Shea has never forgotten. Shortly after graduating in 1968, Dr. Shea opened his private practice in Wichita, Kansas, and later grew it into one of the largest independent optometry practices in the state. After owning the practice for over four decades, he sold it to his associates and has since retired.
October 15, 2019
North Texas Community Clinics Provide Eye Care to 355 Children
The University of Houston College of Optometry’s (UHCO) North Texas Community Clinics recently provided eye care to 355 children from kindergarten through high school in Dallas.
“One in three children accessed eye care for the first time in their lives and 30 were referred for additional care due to amblyopia, strabismus and other vision care issues,” said Dr. Jennifer Deakins, Asst. Clinical Professor at UHCO.
Faculty, residents and externs from UHCO’s Cedar Springs Clinic and Community Eye Care in Fort Worth took part in the Kids Vision for Life event organized by the Essilor Vision Foundation.
The University of Houston is looking for optometrists with clinical expertise in the areas of Ocular Disease, Contact Lenses, Primary Care, and Pediatrics to join our faculty. This is a chance to shape the future of the profession while working in an environment that allows you to personally grow and develop as part of a dynamic faculty while practicing at the highest level.
If you have ever considered a career in academia and clinical teaching, click on the link below for more information and to apply.
Zanna Kruoch, OD, FAAO, Clinical Faculty at the Cedar Springs Eye Clinic has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Funding from this generous endowment will be used to support professional development activities critical to the enrichment and enhancement of her career growth at UHCO. Dr. Kruoch will use the funds to support training on methods to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses— the gold-standard for addressing clinical questions and defining evidence-based clinical practices.
October 3, 2019
MacuLogix® donation to help prevent vision loss and teach UHCO students
MacuLogix® recently donated the AdaptDx®, a device that enables early detection of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of adult blindness in developed countries.
The AdaptDx® donated to UHCO is a simple, fully automated dark adaptometer that has the power to identify impaired dark adaptation—one of the earliest warning signs of AMD. The AdaptDx® automatically measures the number of minutes it takes for the eye to adapt from bright light to darkness—the Rod Intercept™ (RI). With this technology, students in the UHCO clinics can better screen patients with symptoms such as trouble seeing at night or with signs of early AMD such as retinal drusen.
“This donation will allow students and faculty to have a deeper understanding of age-related macular degeneration, and to treat and manage it more effectively” said Dr. Amanda Lee, Sr. Director, Professional Relations at MacuLogix®.
“AdaptDx® provides a unique learning experience for our students and faculty and ultimately will have a bigger impact in the lives of our patients. We are so grateful to MacuLogix® for their generosity,” said Dr. Wendy Harrison, Associate Professor, UHCO.
Earl Smith, OD, ‘72, PhD, ‘78, was honored at the 17th International Myopia Conference in Tokyo, Japan, to present The Chew Sek-Jin Memorial Lecture. The Chew Sek-Jin Memorial Lecture represents a tradition in the International Myopia Conference series and one of 2 keynote presentations. By tradition, it is given by a senior myopia researcher whose work has made a significant impact on the myopia research field. The awardee was selected by an awards committee, whose members were also responsible for identifying suitable candidates based on their myopia-related research achievements; the final selection was based on anonymous votes by committee members.