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Optometry Ranked High in US News & World Report
February 10, 2017
Optometry Ranked High in US News & World Report
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.

Optometrists are ranked:
#9 in Best Health Care Jobs
#11 in The 100 Best Jobs
#22 in Best Paying Jobs

Read full article here!
Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony
January 27, 2017
Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony
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!
2016 Best AAO Student Presentation to UHCO
November 23, 2016
2016 Best AAO Student Presentation to UHCO
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 Wins Custom Stable Cup
November 22, 2016
UHCO Wins Custom Stable Cup
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!
Prevent Blindness Texas honors Dr. Pat Segu
November 21, 2016
Prevent Blindness Texas honors Dr. Pat Segu
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! 

View photo gallery from walk here!
UHCO presents at APHA
November 2, 2016
UHCO presents at APHA
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.

 
UHCO student receives APHA VCS 2016 award
November 1, 2016
UHCO student receives APHA VCS 2016 award
Mylan Nguyen, Class of 2018, was awarded the Morton W. Silverman Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Public Health Association-Vision Care Section at the annual Vision Care Section Eye Opener & Award Ceremony this November.

The Morton W. Silverman Outstanding Student-Paper (Project) Award, sponsored by HOYA Vision Care, recognizes a student or group of students that has contributed significantly to the advancement of eye/vision care in the public health field from the perspective of a student in optometry, medicine, public health or related health professions programs. The contribution may be a paper previously published, suitable for publication or a detailed written description of a project. The paper or project must represent work that has occurred while the student(s) is/are enrolled in a professional program, although the award may be conferred after graduation. Congratulations, Mylan!

For a list of winners and information on the American Public Health Association click here
 
BrightFocus Foundation to visit UHCO
October 25, 2016
BrightFocus Foundation to visit UHCO
UHCO welcomes the BrightFocus Foundation on Friday, October 28, 2016. The BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research and provides public education on brain and eye diseases. The Foundation is touring Drs. Deborah Otteson and Vijay Krishna Raghunathan’s research labs and will meet with other Houston area researchers that the foundation has funded in the fields of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dr. Jan Bergmanson featured in 'Top 30 in Contact Lenses'
October 13, 2016
Dr. Jan Bergmanson featured in 'Top 30 in Contact Lenses'
Jan Bergmanson, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, was featured in the September 2016 issue of Contact Lens Spectrum as one of the Top 30 in Contact Lenses. Click here to read full article and few other honorees.  

As a clinician anatomist and pathologist with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Bergmanson has had the privilege to inform clinicians and physiologists of the exact structure that a contact lens is placed upon and the consequences of the contact lens presence on the eye. Occasionally, he has had to correct flawed anatomical assumptions when interpreting a clinical manifestation, as was the case with polymegethism.
James Dienst, OD, '89, promoted to Brigadier General
October 10, 2016
James Dienst, OD, '89, promoted to Brigadier General
Brigadier General James H. Dienst, OD, '89, is the first general officer in U.S. Air Force Optometry history. He is one of the U.S. Air Force’s most accomplished leaders in military healthcare, Dienst has served in a broad range of leadership, clinic, and staff positions over the past 21 years. Highlighting the rarity of Dienst’s promotion to one-star, only one colonel was chosen out of hundreds considered.