Gayle Karanges, OD, '85, is a born entrepreneur. As a young girl, she started out making money teaching horseback riding lessons to kids in her neighborhood. After earning her optometry degree in 1985, she fearlessly ventured to start her own practice. Learn Dr. Karanges’s philosophy of running a private practice and how to thrive as an entrepreneur.
UHCO's community clinics have been established since the 1980's providing over 23,000 Texans a year comprehensive eye care. Thanks to the efforts, through the years, of Pat Segu, OD, '92; Joe DeLoach, OD, '81; Marcus Gonzales, OD, '06; Jennifer Deakins, OD, '10; Zanna Krouch, OD, '09; Susana Moreno, OD, '14; Nancy George, OD, '81; Lloyd Pate, OD, '86; and Jennifer Garza, OD, '13; our community clinics have allowed UHCO to increase the number of externs, the number of patients seen annually, and engaged more with communities for a healthier tomorrow. Our community clinics are carrying out our mission which is Enhancing Vision for Life.
To better serve the diverse population of Houston, UHCO created a unique partnership, in 2014, with the Asian American Health Coalition, dba HOPE Clinic, to provide eye care to Houston's growing Asian community.
Roger L Boltz, OD, ’72, PhD, ’78, FAAO recently received the 2018 UHCO Alumnus of the Year award at the college’s graduation ceremony held on May 12, 2018. In his brief address to graduates, Dr. Boltz said as they enter the profession, patients will view them as being knowledgeable, skilled and competent.
“And, people who know you will think of you as an optometrist who is intelligent, trustworthy and ethical. I wish you all a happy life.” he said.
UHCO held commencement on May 12, 2018 for the Class of 2018. Congratulations to the new 101 graduates on achieving their dream of becoming Doctors of Optometry. UHCO is proud to call them alumni and honored to have been part of the journey.
With the completion of the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II (HBSB), the University Eye Institute patient parking lot has relocated. Formerly, the patient parking lot was located in the Welcome Center Garage across the street on the other side of Calhoun Drive.
Parking in the new lot will still be validated and free for all UEI patients.
While we acknowledge that changing parking lots may be an inconvenience for you, we are excited for our new parking lot because it will be closer and safer for all. You will no longer need to cross Calhoun Road and can now access the building entrance directly from the new lot.
The American Board of Optometry (ABO) has launched a new school Ambassador program, tapping the expertise of its own Diplomates to educate students, residents and faculty ODs about the organization’s voluntary Board Certification program. UHCO is pleased to announce that Dr. Pat Segu has been selected as Ambassador for our institution.
UHCO’s - University Eye Institute’s Center for Sight Enhancement (CSE) and the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN) recently hosted the seventh-annual vision expo. The 2018 Insight Exp offered exhibits, programming and workshops on maintaining independence for Houston’s visually impaired and blind community. This year's theme was "Preparing for the Seasons," a broadly applied concept for adjusting to life with vision loss and issues associated with the seasons. For images of the event click here!
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, close to 100 undergraduates, high school students, parents, and guests visited the University of Houston College of Optometry for our annual UHCOpen House event. Over 20 UHCO students, faculty, and staff members guided guests on tours of the College, shared demos in our labs and clinics, and led a student informational panel to share advice and tips with future applicants about Optometry school life, the application process, studying for the OAT, and much more. For additional information on UHCOpen House click here.