Over 1,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees have been provided eye care in shelters across Houston, Dallas and in Austin through the efforts of UHCO faculty, alumni, residents, clinical fellow, staff and students. Immediately after the tragedy struck, UHCO’s Pat Segu, OD, ’92, and Nancy George, OD, ’81 worked with Prevent Blindness Texas, the City of Houston Health Department and Harris County Health Department to mobilize eye care clinics at the George R Brown (GRB) Convention Center and the NRG Stadium.
New Jersey native, Emma Stellingwerf (8) might be our youngest fundraiser yet. Her lemonade stand raised over $450 to provide eye and vision care to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. “She’s pretty excited about helping people in Houston,” says aunt and UHCO faculty member, Kathryn Richdale, OD. The proceeds will be used to conduct vision exams and provide glasses for individuals in need at storm shelters.
After Hurricane Harvey's paralyzing grip on the Houston community, UHCO optometrists and ophthalmologists banded together, enhancing vision for life, at the George R Brown convention center. #HoustonStrong
Over 40 UHCO students and staff participated in the second annual 'Day of Service', this past Satruday, August 19, at the Houston Food Bank. The group helped prepare 11,460 meals for the Houston community. This event is part of the larger Week of Welcome activities and orientation the Class of 2021 experiences prior to their first days of class. This event will foster new memories and connections for the incoming students with the Greater Houston community, in which they live and serve.
A Day of Service is in honor of the late Dr. J. Davis Armistead, our building’s namesake. Armistead was involved with the food bank since its inception over 30 years ago, helping create policies and procedures for the food bank as well as working in the field. Armistead, who lived through the Great Depression era and served in World War II, pointed to the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self” as his motivation for his philanthropic spirit.
Congratulations to Mrs. Chi Nguyen, on receiving the 2017 UH President’s Excellence Award. Chi is instrumental in the UHCO Visual Optics Institute (VOI) where the research focus is to design and implement customized optical corrections in the form of spectacles and contact lenses for some of the clinic’s most optically challenging patients. Chi has been with the State of Texas since 1998 and with at the University of Houston, College of Optometry, VOI since 2006.
Earl Smith, OD, '72 PhD, '78, recently honored the North Texas Study Group for their longstanding contributions to optometry at an event held in Dallas, TX. Jerry Jacobs, OD, '65, has led the 19-member group for close to four decades. Dean Smith also gave a talk on "Treatment strategies in myopia." Pictured above are members of the study group at the dinner sponsored by Cooper Vision.
July is dry eye disease awareness month and the UHCO Dry Eye Center taking the opportunity to educate the public. This week, Drs. Amber Gaume Giannoni and Anita Ticak, Co-Founders of the UHCO Dry Eye Center, were featured on KHOU Channel 11 News and Fox 26 News. For more information on dry eye and to make an appointment, visit the UHCO Dry Eye Center website.