Optometry Giving Sight provides support to Houston's See To Succeed program
The Houston Health Foundation welcomed Optometry Giving Sight today as a new partner in the See to Succeed program. Optometry Giving Sight, an organization devoted to mobilizing support for avoidable blindness and vision impairment worldwide, donated $15,800 to support Houston school-aged children. The See to Succeed program provides free eye exams and glasses each year to more than 11,000 children enrolled in Houston-area school districts with support from community partners.
Earl Smith, OD, '72, PhD, '78 and David Berntsen, OD, '02, PhD, were recently featured in an NEI myopia feature.
Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades. Otherwise known as nearsightedness, myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. Instead of focusing images on the retina—the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye—images are focused at a point in front of the retina. As a result, people with myopia have good near vision but poor distance vision.
Congratulations to Rose Y. Reins, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Ocular Surface Institute, UHCO. She was the 2017-2018 recipient of the Allergan Research Grant for her project, “Evaluation of Vitamin D Treatment for Dry Eye-induced Ocular Surface Inflammation." Rachel Redfern, OD, PhD, FAAO, Assistant Professor at The Ocular Surface Institute, UHCO, is the co-investigator on this project.
UHCO's hosted the 2nd Annual Vendor Expo, Tuesday, Sept. 26. The event was a great success with 19 companies in attendance visiting with students, faculty, residents, and alumni. Thank you to all our corporate partners for their support of UHCO. A speacial thanks goes out to our Industry Leader corporate partners: IMG Financial Group and Xite Realty for their support of the program. Additional corporate partners include: Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, CooperVision, Europa Eyewear, EyeCare Express, FERV, Johnson &Johnson, Luxottica, Marchon, Maui Jim, Metro Optics, nJoy Vision, Ocular Instruments, OCuSOFT, Optovue, UHCO Surgery Center, and Zeiss.
The American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation have announced the 2017 Student and Resident Travel Fellowships Awards. Eleven UHCO students and residents are recipients allowing them to attend Academy 2017 in Chicago, October 11-14. Recipients will be honored at various receptions and luncheons during Academy.
For a full list of student and resident travel fellowship awards, with UHCO recipients bolded, click read more.
Rachel Reed, OPT III and President of SVOSH, recently traveled to Hyderbad, India for the 2nd World Congress of Optometry (WCO). Rachel serves as the 2017-2018 American Optometry Student Association (ASOA) National Liaison to the World Council of Optometry. Her amazing journey is captured in a daily blog where she shares a student perspective on the WCO, the global optometry, and exploring India. To read of her travels and the happenings at World Congress of Optometry, visit her blog!
Jesus Gabriel Martinez, OD, former cornea and contact lens fellow at UHCO, was chosen by a committee of members in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Bert C. & Lydia M. Corwin Residency Award.
The eighth annual FERV (The Foundation for Education and Research in Vision) fundraising concert at Anderson Fair, benefitting UHCO Class Scholarship Endowments, was helf Saturday, September 9. Anderson Fair is a small unique, volunteer run, singer-songwriter, music venue that is now considered the oldest such place in the US in continuous operation. Over the last 46 years, many now successful singer-songwriters first performed and learned their craft at Anderson Fair. This year's muscial perforamces performance featured Trish Hinojosa with Matt Harlan as the opening act.
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.