MCPHS Names Dean

MCPHS Names Dean

MCPHS University School of Optometry promoted Dr. Shilpa Register to the position of Dean. Dr. Register joined MCPHS in 2012 as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Optometry, and she had been serving as Interim Dean of Optometry since January of this year. Prior to her appointment at MCPHS, she served on […]

Grads Illustrate Success of ICO Diversity Program

Grads Illustrate Success of ICO Diversity Program

  Now entering its sixth year, the Illinois College of Optometry’s (ICO) week-long Focus on Your Future program has had remarkable success in attracting under-represented minority community college, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to the profession of optometry. Three participants from the inaugural program graduated as part of ICO’s Class of 2013: Drs. Agen Herring, Candace […]

Three Schools, All Accredited, Graduate Inaugural Classes

Three Schools, All Accredited, Graduate Inaugural Classes

Two colleges and one school of optometry that began educating students in September 2009 graduated their first classes this spring. In addition, all three institutions — University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry (WUCO), and Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) — are […]

$1 Million Grant Supports InfantSEE

$1 Million Grant Supports InfantSEE

  The Allergan Foundation is marking the halfway point of a $1 million grant disbursed over four years to support InfantSEE, a public health program developed by Optometry Cares – the AOA Foundation to provide free professional eye care for infants nationwide. Through InfantSEE, optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their […]

Eye Saw Good Campaign Begins

Eye Saw Good Campaign Begins

Alcon launched the Eye Saw Good campaign, a charitable initiative that highlights the important role that good eye health and clear vision play in allowing people to see the world around them and live life to the fullest. Actress and mother Jennie Garth is the spokesperson for the campaign, which benefits Kids Vision for Life, […]

Company Pursues Two Acquisitions

Company Pursues Two Acquisitions

Abbott announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase OptiMedica Corporation, a privately held, Silicon Valley-based ophthalmic device company. OptiMedica developed the Catalys Precision Laser System, which is designed to allow surgeons to replace some of the technically demanding manual steps in cataract surgery with a precise, computer-guided, femtosecond laser technology. The acquisition would […]

Marketing Optometry with Fresh Concepts

Marketing Optometry with Fresh Concepts

Two new marketing tools have been created for ASCO this year: a printed booklet and a redesigned Web site. The new materials were developed as part of an effort to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the Doctor of Optometry applicant. The colorful and engaging True Stories booklet conveys to prospective students true stories […]

ASCO Establishes Partnership Endowment

ASCO Establishes Partnership Endowment

Since its establishment in 1996, the Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education served as a genuine “partnership” through which the optometric community could invest in the future of the profession. Despite this unique distinction, the Partnership’s Board of Directors had deliberated over the past year about the future direction of the organization. The combined challenges of […]

Report from the Annual Meeting

Report from the Annual Meeting

ASCO Installs New Officers, Establishes Partnership Endowment The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) held its annual meeting June 25-26 in San Diego. Highlights from the two-day meeting include: Outgoing President Dr. David Heath looked back on his term, noting the progress the organization made, particularly in the […]

Project Foresight Winners Announced

Project Foresight Winners Announced

Walmart & Sam’s Club Health and Wellness announced the 2012-2013 winners of its optometry scholarship competition, Project Foresight, during a dessert reception in San Diego in June, which more than 200 people attended. Three awards were presented during the reception. Blake Dornstauder and Rhea Butchey, NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry, were the first-place winners […]