Despite what many parents may think, kids who spend a lot of time reading or squinting at tiny electronic screens don’t have a greater risk of becoming nearsighted than kids who don’t . However, how children spend their time is important: that risk is only reduced if the child spends plenty of quality time outside.
Training program for both eyes counters common patching protocol
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people — including adults — with a lazy eye and poor depth perception.
Tatevik Movsisyan (’16) and Lindsay Dunbar (’15) have been awarded the 2014 Ohio State Student Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry Travel Fellowship to attend the academy’s annual meeting in Denver, November 12-15. This award was created to encourage and enable Ohio State Optometry students to attend the academy meeting and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.
Cari Gallagher (’15) and Andrew Steele (’15) have been awarded the 2014 VSP and AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship was created to recognize two fourth-year optometry students at each institution who are committed to enter the independent practice of optometry and have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and clinic.
Ohio State University College of Optometry Dean Karla Zadnik was part of a distinguished panel Sept. 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and discussed the results of a new poll on the value of vision. The results are summarized in the media release below.
New Public Opinion Poll Reveals a Significant Number of Americans Rate Losing Eyesight as Having Greatest Impact on their Lives Compared to Other Conditions
Dr. Barbara Fink, associate professor of optometry and vision science and chair of the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, received the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award.
Underrepresented undergraduate students from across the nation participated in the Improving Diversity of Optometric Careers (I-DOC) program June 15-19. Students traveled from as far as Hawaii to attend the program, as well as from New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Oregon, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, Louisiana, Washington—and even five students from Ohio. The students participated in three days of intense activity to learn more about optometry.
Dr. Ooi joins us from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2002 and a full professor since 2007. She received her optometry training at the University of New South Wales and her PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Jeffrey Walline, associate professor, just returned from a week in Ethiopia. He was at the University of Gondar, teaching in Ohio State’s Health Sciences summer institute. “Optometry in Ethiopia is practiced at a very basic level. They learn optometry according to the British style, as undergraduates in an optometry program. They prescribe glasses for refractive error, dilate the pupils for diagnostic purposes, and can check the intraocular pressure, but they don't do much beyond that.
Karla Zadnik, OD PhD and the Glenn A. Fry Professor in Optometry and Physiological Optics became The Ohio State University College of Optometry’s first female dean on June 1, 2014. Dr. Zadnik received her academic degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.
The Class of 2014 Convocation took place in the Thurber Theater at the Drake Conference and Events Center on The Ohio State University campus on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 4 p.m. Sixty-one students received their Doctor of Optometry degree; five received a combined OD/Master’s degree, and three received a Master’s degree, having completed an Advanced Practice Fellowship.