Optometry School is already difficult; now imagine attending school where you have depleted resources due to a fire. That is just the case at the Malawi School of Optometry Program, in Africa. Their School at Mzuzu University suffered a fire in the library, damaging all the resources and materials students had access too. The college is in a developing country in South-East Africa where accessing new equipment and supplies presents a challenge.
Dr. Suraj Upadhyaya, former Lecturer at the Malawi College of Health Science Optometry Dept., and current UHCO Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Vallabh Das, along with the Physiological Optics Graduate Student Association (POGSA) at UHCO, rushed into action. They sought out the faculty within UHCO to donate books and reference materials for Malawi. Together, with UHCO library, they collected 500 books to be sent. After discussion with Optometry schools in Malawi the top 219 books were prioritized. Through a partnership with Essilor of America and Optometry Giving Sight, the materials where shipped to the Mzuzu University Optometry Dept. and Malawi College of Health Science Optometry Dept., in Africa. The students were elated to have replacement books thanks to UHCO and Dr. Upadhyaya.
The researchers at UHCO are Enhancing Vision for Life through their global outreach and support of the optometric community.
Mylan Nguyen, OPT III, was recently selected as the American Optometric Student Association (ASOA) - American Public Health Association's National Liaison for 2017-2018 academic year. There were many strong candidates, but Mylan's experience, work ethic, goals and passion were a few of aspects that led the group to selecting her in representing this AOA affiliate organization on a national level. Congratulations, Mylan!
Rachel Reed, OPT II, has been selected as the AOSA National Liaison for the World Council of Optometry. Rachel will use her passion for global health development to educate her colleagues of global developments in optometry. As a president of SVOSH, Rachel has strong communication and leadership skills and will apply these skills on a national level. She will be working to help the World Council of Optometry further promote eye health and vision care across the globe.
Lorenzo Anderson, OPT I, was selected as the AOSA National Liaison for the American Academy of Optometry for the 2017-2018 academic year. National Liaisons communicate directly between the organization and the AOSA President. This role works with Optometry schools across the country to develop a dialog about the current issues and goals of the organization. Lorenzo’s involvement within the UHCO community and greater Houston community has prepared him for his new role as AOSA-AAO National Liaison.
Congratulations, to both Rachel and Lorenzo on their appointments.
At the 2017 Global Specialty Lens Symposium, UHCO's own Anna-Kaye Logan, OD, and Judy Perrigin, OD, '77, received 2nd place for their research poster titled, Microbial Growth after Cleaning Scleral DMV Device. The Global Specialty Lens Symposium is a meeting sponsored by Contact Lens Spectrum focusing on the successful management of ocular conditions using today's specialty contact lenses. Congratulations, to Drs. Logan and Perrigin! To see their poster presentation and others, click here!
Eyesight is invaluable for everyday tasks like walking through a doorway or driving a car and also for watching a sunset, reading a book or a viewing a film. "We want to help patients achieve their best vision on a day-to-day basis," says Teri Geist, communication chair of the American Optometric Association and a practicing optometrist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the profession will grow by about 27 percent, or 11,000 new jobs, from 2014 to 2024.
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The UHCO Class of 2019 recently celebrated receiving their prestigious White Coats. This ceremony signifies the next step in their optometric journey. Students receive these coats and now enter into the University Eye Institute providing patient care. Congratulations, to the Class of 2019!
UHCO's own, Kaleb Abbott, Opt III, is the recipient of the Best Student Scientific Presentations of the 2016 American Academy and Optometry (AAO) annual meeting. Abbott’s presentation entitled, "Relationship between Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells and Refractive Error, Light Exposure, and Melatonin", was selected as one of the two best science presentations. Abbott will be recognized for his efforts at the 2017 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Baltimore. Congratulations, and we look forward to more amazing research!
UHCO won the inaugural Custom Stable Cup at the AAO meeting in Anaheim. The CS Cup was an event held on the trade show room floor and co-sponsored by Optovue and Contamac and promoted exclusively by the AOSA. The points were earned by wearing a Custom Stable Scleral lens, then utilizing the Optovue OCT and dynamic scleral lens software to analyze the lens on eye.
UHCO overwhelmed the competition, with 132 points and over 40 students participating. The Trophy will be inscribed with the winners and be displayed at the College until the 2017 AAO Meeting. In addition, AOSA won 2 travel grants for 2 AOSA members/UHCO students for the 2017 Academy meeting!
The 6th Annual Eye Stroll for Vision, hosted by Prevent Blindness Texas, honored Dr. Pat Segu on November 19, for her tireless community service efforts. This fun-filled, family-friendly event allows folks to watch the animals in the zoo wake up as you stroll through the Houston Zoo. It offers a 5K course and a 1 mile course, so there's something for everyone. All proceeds from this event benefit Prevent Blindness Texas's sight-saving programs!
Jennifer Deakins, OD,’10, Susana Moreno, OD, ’14, Dan Powell, OD, MS, PhD, and Pat Segu, OD, ’92, presented posters at the American Public Health Association-Vision Care Section (APHA) at the Annual Vision Care Section Eye Opener & Award Ceremony this November. The APHA-Vision Care was established to promote health and well-being with an emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The Section serves as an advocate to ensure equality in and access to vision and eye health care as well as to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy.