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Over 1,000 get eye care in shelters, thanks to UHCO partnerships

By: Posted On: 09/11/2017

Drs. Segu and George along with Prevent Blindness Texas board members communicated with leaders of disaster recovery teams at both GRB and NRG Stadium shelters to offer UHCO’s support in providing eye care with a clinical team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, certified vision screeners, optometric assistants, volunteers and other staff. Together, the clinical eye care teams provided eye exams and eyeglasses to over 1,000 individuals at both GRB and NRG shelters since September 2nd, 2017. The core leaders of the project, besides Drs. Segu and George, also included Amy Coburn, MD, and Ann Stout, MD. The following clinical faculty members served as clinical team leads for the project: Susana Moreno, OD, ’14, Rebekah Montes, OD, ’15, and Swati Modi, OD, ’98. Over 40 UHCO faculty, residents, clinical fellow, alumni and students have stepped up to help Houston see better alongside the City of Houston Health Department, Harris County Health Department, Prevent Blindness Texas, local optometrists, ophthalmologists, and volunteers.   
In Dallas, our community outreach efforts were coordinated by Zanna Kruoch, OD, ’05, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The convention center referred patients to seek care at UHCO’s Cedar Springs Eye Clinic. UHCO teams also assisted in recovery efforts in Austin and North Texas. In Austin, Joe DeLoach, OD, ’81 worked at the MetCenter to address a shortage of doctor support for evacuees.
Together, UHCO is Enhancing Vision for Life, across the state of Texas to provide vision care to those in need.