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.
UHCO alumnus, Simon Yeung, OD, ’81, has established the Yeung Family Scholarship Endowment, a $30,000 gift that will provide scholarship opportunities for students. “The college and its professors have given me so much, I sincerely want to give back. The professors are leaving a legacy of charitable giving, I am learning to follow their footsteps,” he said. He and his wife, Mrs. Constance Yeung, said they hope the endowment will give an opportunity for students to further their careers in optometry.
The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Student Travel Fellowship Awards. The travel fellowships, supported by Johnson & Johnson, The Vision Care Institute, will allow five students to present their research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2018 annual meeting. The UHCO 2018 recipients are:
• Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO, University of Houston,College of Optometry
• Hannah Burfield, OPT III, University of Houston College of Optometry
The 57th Annual UHCO Spring Awards Banquet honors students, faculty and staff for their scholastic and service accolades. This year's banquet theme of Night at the Oscar's brought out all the glitz and glamour. The evening would not have been possible without the support from The Doctors of TSO, Luxottica, Metro Optics, Vision Source-Kingwood, CooperVision, and nJoy Vision.
Last Friday, in honor of National Public Health Week, members of the Student Public Health Vision Care Association (SPHViCA) at UHCO passed out breakfast snacks to their peers. As students grabbed something to munch on they were asked to jot down their thoughts on a post-it note in response to the question, “Why is healthy vision important to you and your patients?” SPHViCA had a great turn out and managed to fill up a message board with many heartwarming and fun responses.
Yearly eye exams are important and allow for a good quality of life as they can help prevent and detect many systemic and ocular diseases.
Nimesh Patel, OD, PhD, '12, was recently featured for his work enhancing the vision of NASA Astronauts.
Astronauts who spend time aboard the International Space Station return to Earth with changes to the structure of their eyes which could impact their vision. NASA has studied the phenomenon, known as space flight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS), for several years, and now with UHCO's help, Dr. Patel has quantified some of the changes using optical coherence tomography imaging.
UHCO is proud to announce Bryan Rogoff, OD, MBA, CPHM, as the 2017- 2018 Benedict Professorship in Practice Management and Administration. Dr. Rogoff has a unique background in areas of holistic eye care, business management and healthcare reform. Congratulations, Dr. Rogoff, and we look forward to having him lecture to UHCO students, faculty and alumni throughout the year.