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.

Ohio State University College of Optometry Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The College of Optometry at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment. Applicants at all career levels with a PhD or equivalent are encouraged to apply. Depending on qualifications, an appointment may be made at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. Research and teaching interests may be in any aspect of vision science in the broadest sense, whether basic, clinical, or translational in approach.

Investing in the Future

Ohio State optometrist is first recipient of AAO Career Development Award

Recognizing that it can take years for talented, young optometric investigators to acquire federal research funding, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) launched its Career Development Award this year to direct pilot money toward innovative research. Dean VanNasdale, assistant professor of optometry at The Ohio State University, is the first recipient of this prestigious award.

Scientists study effects of sunlight to reduce number of nearsighted kids

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.


Ohio State optometry students win fellowship to attend national conference

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.

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.
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