Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates 3/17/2020

A message from Michael V. Drake, MD, President, The Ohio State University 

Dear Ohio State Community:

I write to share important new information about requirements that employees work from home and building closures, including recreational sports indoor facilities and university libraries.

Optometry Services Will Be Closed Until Further Notice

An important message for our valued patients.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, OSU Optometry Services will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding of our efforts to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of our patients, faculty, staff, students, and community. We will call to reschedule your appointment once we re-open.

Suspension of optometry clinical rotations and labs


New COVID-19 information emerges almost by the minute. Ohio has been described as a leader in the public health efforts to limit its spread, to “flatten the curve” so that the number of cases stays below the capacity of our healthcare system. That will ensure that you and your loved ones, particularly those at risk, have the healthcare you need.


Optometry Coursework Will Resume Online March 16

Email will be the primary form of communication for the latest COVID-19 updates pertinent to College of Optometry students, faculty and staff. Please check your email accounts often. Messages will address academic, clinic, research and human resources concerns.


COVID-19: A Message from Dean Karla Zadnik

The message below from Dean Karla Zadnik about COVID-19 was emailed to Ohio State Optometry students, faculty and staff today. 



I trust that you have had a chance to review the email that was sent last night from President Drake about the university’s response to the COVID-19 global outbreak. I want to underscore the President’s sentiments about the importance of the health and safety of our entire campus community.


2020 CLMA Award Winners

Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Jeffrey Walline, OD, MS, PhD, of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, were among the prestigious group of specialty lens leaders recognized in January by the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA).

Dean Zadnik received the Dr. Josef Dallos Award for outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the contact lens industry and for service to humanity.

Kelly Morgan receives AJ Fortuna Scholarship

Kelly Morgan, OD, MS
Kelly Morgan, OD, MS

Kelly Morgan OD, MS, has been selected as this year's recipient of the AJ Fortuna Scholarship.

The Dr. Allen James Fortuna Memorial Scholarship was established to support students at The Ohio State University College of Optometry who are studying pediatric optometry.

Kelsy Steele awarded Barr Stiegemeier Contact Lens Research Grant

Kelsy Steele, OD, MS
Kelsy Steele, OD, MS

Kelsy Steele OD, MS, a student in the vision science graduate program at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, has been named as this year's recipient of the Barr Stiegemeier Award for the Advancement of Cornea and Contact Lens Education in the College of Optometry.

Four health sciences colleges lauded for diversity efforts

Ohio State is the only academic institution in the country to have four colleges receive the 2019 Health Professions HEED award

Four health sciences graduate programs at The Ohio State University have received an award distinguishing colleges and universities for their diversity and inclusion efforts.

Lydia Pickrell Wins Class of 1953 Scholarship

Lydia Pickrell, of The Ohio State University College of Optometry's Class of 2020, has been named the 2019 winner of the Class of 1953 Scholarship. This scholarship was created by Dr. Burton Berk and members of the Class of 1953 to support and honor academic excellence among the optometry student body.

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