Highlighting the Value of Vision

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

Improving Diversity of Optometric Careers (I-DOC) 2014

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.


Optometry in Ethiopia

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.

Melissa Bailey's Big Idea for Health

Melissa D Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO, an associate professor and alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, was the winner of a $10,000 prize in the Big Ideas for Health competition that was hosted by the IDEA Studio for Healthcare and Design at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on May 30, 2014. Finalists from four previous rounds of competition presented new healthcare products, services, or companies. Over the course of a year, 90+ ideas were considered by the panel for the competition. Dr.

Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony

The College of Optometry celebrated its 13th Annual White Coat Ceremony this past Saturday, May 17th. The event is held every year to mark the event at which first year students receive their official white clinic coats in preparation for seeing patients. This year’s ceremony had the highest attendance to date, with 500 attendees. The ceremony was held in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union with the incoming Dean, Dr. Karla Zadnik, presiding as emcee. The honorees were presented with some advice from several notable speakers at the ceremony.

Convocation 2014

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.

Mutti Receives Ohio State Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching

During a surprise visit to Fry Hall, Dr. Joe Alutto, Interim President of Ohio State, and Archie Griffin, CEO of Ohio State’s Alumni Association, interrupted Vision Science 6520, Optics of the Eye, to present Professor Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, with a 2013-14 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor Mutti has been teaching Optics of the Eye since 2001 in the College of Optometry’s professional program. He also teaches Optometry 6560, Ophthalmic Optics, and advises graduate students in the Graduate Program in Vision Science.


There are big changes at the College of Optometry! The Class of 2016 is now using the brand new 2nd floor Fry Hall Pre-Clinic area. Many alumni remember practicing procedures and learning to run exams in the cramped, mirrored, half lanes with vinyl sliding doors that were fashionable back in the 60s. Those have been the status quo for Ohio State optometry students for over 50 years, but not anymore - they have all disappeared.

Toppled Top Update

Friday a week ago (9/14/12), the Guardians of the Toppled Top returned to the College of Optometry for Alumni Weekend. Everyone had dinner at the Longaberger Alumni House, where the Toppled Top was passed around the table and admired by all. The next morning, at the Optometry Alumni Tailgate, Dean Melvin Shipp explained to everyone the history of the Top and what the College hopes to accomplish with it. Then the Guardians presented it to him to put on display at the College.

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