UHCO faculty, staff and students came to support the 4th Annual Arthritis Foundation bingo fundraiser last week. This event raised a record $1,900 for the charity whose mission is to provide the arthritis community with life-changing information and resources as they battle arthritis. UHCO alum and faculty member Amber Gaume, OD, started the event because her oldest daughter battles arthritis and has serious vision-related complications, due to arthritis, from the age of 2. The event continues to grow each year raising awareness for the Arthritis Foundation as well as community amongst UHCO.
Philanthropy Awareness Day is focused on celebrating contributions to UH and its Colleges. Every year UH depends on the generosity of donors who help support scholarships, programs and spaces for innovative learning opportunities. UHCO would like to say thank you to all UHCO alumni and friends who help make our mission a reality!
Congratulations to the See to Succeed team as they completed their 10,000th eye exam, this academic year. The partnership between UHCO, the Houston Department of Health and Human Service, Berkley Eye Center, Essilor Foundation, Essilor Corporation, Eye Care for Kids, Kids Vision for Life, San Jacinto Community College, and Wal-Mart Corporation, began seeing kids in fall 2012. In four short years, they have seen over 44,000 kids in the Houston community. We salute this huge milestone as they continue to move ahead to provide the best eye care for all.
University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Optometry II student, Christopher Lopez recently received fantastic news that he would become the Student American Academy of Optometry (SAAO) National Liaison for the 2016-2017 academic year. Each year the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) searches for an AOSA National Liaison. This position receives numerous applications each year from students in over 20 optometry school across the country.
Lopez lives his life driven to enrich the lives and health of others. He has shown leadership though the years by serving as president of his high school student body, senior class president in college, and most recently, elected vice-president of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) at UHCO.
Roxana Hemmati, O.D.'15 and Maria Walker, O.D., M.S., received first place in the scientific poster category at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS). The poster was selected from over 100 displayed at the symposium held January 21-24 in Las Vegas, NV. The poster was titled, Scleral Lens Tear Film Reservoir Analysis: Protein Lipid Concentrations in Midday Fogging. Congratulations to both Roxana and Maria on their achievement.(Image L-R: Roxana Hemmati, O.D.; Maria Walker, O.D., M.S.; Bruce Morgan, O.D., FAAO and Beth Kinoshita, O.D., FAAO)
UHCO hosted the 2nd Annual Research Poster Showcase on Friday, January 22, 2016. There were over 35 presenters making this a wonderful display of UHCO and UH collaborative research. Thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to showcasing the talents and research efforts at next years event.
Dr. Currie (pediatric O.D. specializing in vision and learning) attends the Garden Villas Health and Science Event at the Garden Villas Elementary School. An estimated 50 children accompanied by their parents attended this event. “…spatial awareness is one evaluation we perform, which helps your childmentally‘see’how information is organized and connected. This helpschildren in the areas of arithmetic and writing, and in futurecareers in the STEM fields such as engineering or architecture.” says Dr. Currie.
Dr. Knowles (Director of UEI family practice) welcomes new students to the University of Houston and conveys the importance of eye care. 244 international students from 25 countries attended this year’s UH International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) spring orientation. “ I know they are far from home and miss their families. I just want our students to know that we are here for them; and the UEI provides a wide–range of eye care for all our UH students.” expresses Dr. Knowles.
The University Eye Institute (UEI) visited the CT church in southeast Houston this past weekend. Providing over 145 people and their families information and resource material about the importance of eye care. "Annual comprehensive eye examinations, early detection, and timely treatment is very important", said Dr. Knowles; as she reminds us that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.
photo: Christian Loayza, Dr. Julianne Knowles, and Azaneth Bazan
At the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Swati C. Modi, OD, FAAO ’98 and Ana M. Perez, OD. FAAO, were awarded Diplomate status in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry. Approximately 7% of Fellows of the AAO have achieved the distinction of being a Diplomate. Both doctors are faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry in the Center for Sight Enhancement. This service area provides multidisciplinary service, training and resources in low vision rehabilitation to help people of all ages with vision loss lead independent and productive lives.