BLINK Study Recruitment Complete

On June 20, 2016, the BLINK Study accomplished its recruitment goal of 294 subjects total at The Ohio State University and the University of Houston.

The BLINK Study is a National Eye Institute-funded randomized clinical trial to determine whether soft bifocal contact lenses slow the progression of myopia in children.

Ohio State Optometry Graduate Student Receives Arene T. Wray Award

The Ohio State University College of Optometry Research and Graduate Studies Committee annually presents the Arene T. Wray Award to a top PhD student who exhibits dedication to advancing vision research. The 2016 recipient of this honor is Dr. Tamara Oechslin.

The award was established in 1972 to incentivize promising graduate students to conduct meaningful research that ultimately will affect how optometrists treat patients and improve their quality of life.

Farsighted kids’ reading skills fall behind before they start first grade

Study finds moderate vision deficits, which often go uncorrected, lead to lower literacy

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kids with uncorrected farsightedness lose ground on reading skills before they ever start first grade, a new study has found.

The research, led by Marjean Taylor Kulp of The Ohio State University, uncovers evidence that moderately farsighted preschoolers and kindergarten students perform worse in early literacy than children with normal vision.

Holden legacy will live on

The Ohio State Optometry family mourns the loss of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, who passed away on July 27 in Sydney, Australia at the age of 73.

2015 Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) program

Thirty students from thirteen states participated in the 2015 Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) program. This four-day residential program provided underrepresented minority undergraduate college students with the opportunity to learn more about optometry through hands-on activities, presentations, tours, field trips, examinations, panel discussions, and social activities with faculty, staff, and students from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Prevent Blindness Elects Dr. Dean VanNasdale to the Board of Directors

Columbus, OH - The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, the state’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight, elected Columbus resident Dr. Dean VanNasdale, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Member of the Ohio Optometric Association to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting on May 18, 2015 for a three year term.

Ohio State Optometry students, recent grads win scholarships, recognition

Janet Harawa (Class of 2016) has been named the 2015 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. As such, the award is designated to recognize the top student with the best academic performance at the end of third year. As the winner, Janet will receive a certificate and a monetary scholarship.

OSU graduate reflects on Buckeye experience

For the better part of a decade, Megan Rutledge has identified herself as a Buckeye. On May 10, when she joined 10,000 other graduates for the pomp and circumstance that is an Ohio State graduation in the Ohio Stadium, this connection she has to the state's No. 1 public university in the state only strengthened.

One test can predict which kids will become nearsighted

20 years of research counters notion that near work causes myopia

A study of 4,500 U.S. children over 20 years has identified a single test that can predict which kids will become nearsighted by the eighth grade: a measure of their current refractive error.

The refractive error, or eyeglasses prescription, results from mismatches in the size and optical power of the eye that lead to blurry vision.

Dr. Vondolee Delgado-Nixon receives the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer

Dr. Vondolee Delgado-Nixon (“Dr. VDN” to her students) received the “Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer” during a surprise visit to her Class of 2018 classroom on February 18, 2015 by Ohio State President Michael Drake and Vice Provost Mike Boehm. Only three lecturers university-wide receive this award each year. The presenters snuck up on her in class, and Dr. Drake praised her achievements. Her husband, Dr.

Ohio State Optometry Graduate Students Receive Arene T. Wray Award

The Ohio State University College of Optometry PhD students Dr. Erin Rueff and Dr. Phillip Yuhas will continue to advance vision research, thanks to the Arene T. Wray Award.

The award was established in 1972 to incentivize promising graduate students to conduct meaningful research that ultimately will affect how optometrists treat patients and improve their quality of life.

Alumnus Dr. LaMar Zigler Appointed to Ohio State Board of Optometry

Dr. LaMar Zigler (OD, MS’81) has been appointed to the Ohio State Board of Optometry, for a term beginning December 15, 2014 and ending September 24, 2019. He joins fellow Ohio State Optometry alumni Cheryl Archer, Jeffrey Fogt and Thomas Nye on the board.

Dr. Zigler, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, leads two private practices in Columbus.

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