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Isabel Deakins Receives Johnson & Johnson Vision Award
April 14, 2021
Isabel Deakins Receives Johnson & Johnson Vision Award

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced that Isabel Deakins, Class of 2021 is the recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care.

April 7, 2021
Dr. Earl Smith gets the highest faculty award at the University of Houston
Dr. Earl Smith

Dr. Earl L. Smith III, Greeman-Petty Professor in Vision Development in the University of Houston College of Optometry, as the 2021 Esther Farfel Award recipient. Dr. Smith’s outstanding accomplishments in vision research, professional and graduate teaching, and service to his college, the university, and the profession have earned him this recognition.

March 12, 2021
Optometry practice doubles profits developing people
Dr. Danny Clarke '95

A decade after taking over his dad’s practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. Danny Clarke ’95 has doubled profits, doubled his staff strength and revamped culture.

March 9, 2021
UHCO ranked number 2 for research impact in US
UH Optometry Research

Clinical and Experimental Optometry, the peer-reviewed optometric journal in Australia has ranked the University of Houston College of Optometry # 2 among all US schools and colleges of optometry for research impact from its top researchers.

December 15, 2020
Passion for business turns optometrist into a winemaker
Dr. Duchman and her husband

On the first Tuesday of September 2011, Dr. Lisa Duchman ’97 and her husband looked at each other and said: "Well, we gave it all we could and obviously we are not meant to have this business." 

December 4, 2020
Susan DeBlack, OD, '92  Appointed to Arkansas State Board of Optometry
Susan DeBlack, OD

Susan DeBlack, OD, was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Optometry in November 2020 by Governor Asa Hutchinson

November 17, 2020
50 Years in Optometry
Dr. Morris Brennan '70

I was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After graduating from High School, I decided to study optometry, following in the footsteps of my father who ran a successful practice. At the time, the optometry school in Johannesburg offered the only program on the continent of Africa.

November 13, 2020
Obstacles Make Me Stronger
Dr. Blackburn

With his last obstacle to clear, Joe Blackburn, O.D.,'64, fell down a steep hill, wound up in a ditch filled with muddy water up to his neck, and got out fully soaked from a treacherous 4.2 mile run across muddy trails up one hill and down another with 20 obstacles to navigate. This longtime optometrist was testing the endurance of his lifetime.

November 5, 2020
Dr. Makler and the joy of helping people
Dr. Makler

During the early days of the pandemic, healthcare professionals were desperately trying to purchase face masks. However, Dallas-based Dr. Edward Makler ’72 and his daughter, Amy, were already at the forefront trying to bring much-needed face masks and thermometers for hundreds of optometrists, ophthalmologists and allied healthcare professionals. One of their close contacts, an importer, had access to large quantities of masks, thermometers and other PPE.

October 1, 2020
Dr. Anna-Kaye Logan receives Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award
Dr. Anna-Kaye Logan

Anna-Kaye Logan, OD, FAAO, FSLS has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award. 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.