More than a Health Fair

The Catholic Charities Wellness and Resource Fair is put on by the Catholic Charities, Archdioses of San Antonio, Inc. The UIWRSO vision screening took place during the fair on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9am-1pm. Free services included: eye exams, Diabetes, blood, and cholesterol screenings, kidney health screenings, mammography screenings, drug consultation, and ask a doctor/nurse. All the volunteers loaded…

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Transitions Optical World Headquarters

Last fall semester, I applied for the 2013 Transitions Students of Vision Scholarship by submitting a short story about volunteering optometric services to the “Share Your Impact” contest through the Transitions Students of Vision Scholarship Facebook App.  I was notified at the beginning of this spring semester that I was one of ten grand prize winners from more than forty-five…

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Final Clinical Proficiency

At UIWRSO second year interns must pass the “final clinical proficiency” at the end of the second semester, in order to move on to clinic and see patients. This almost 2 hour long test per intern has been one of the most stressful events in optometry school. I can bet that my fellow classmates have poured in about a hundred…

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Vision Screening at Catholic Charities Wellness and Resource Fair

Last weekend, six other students and I volunteered at the Catholic Charities Wellness and Resource Fair to provide vision screenings to attendees.  Student volunteers were recruited by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) school chapter. The fair also had volunteers from the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy.  The pharmacists provided helpful items to organize…

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Accreditation Celebration – Slideshow

Last week, RSO faculty, staff, and students celebrated the school’s accreditation with dinner, drinks, and a champagne toast.  The school’s inaugural class was admitted in fall 2009 and graduated in May 2013.  The event allowed us to celebrate and share our accomplishments over the past five years, and everyone is looking forward to celebrating more successes in the future. Accreditation…

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Drinking Fluorescein

Chuggin’ Fluorescein in Lab!

On Wednesday, April 4th, 2014, UIWRSO had their very first Fluorescein Angiography (FA) lab. What is Fluorescein Angiography? It is a test that optometrists can perform by taking advantage of the fact that Fluorescein glows! Fluorescence is caused by the emission of light by a substance following absorption of electromagnetic radiation (light). Emitted light has a longer wavelength than the…

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Vision Screenings – An Inside Look.

  UIWRSO is all about helping the community, especially with vision screenings. Our school gives us the opportunity to start any event with approval from our student affairs office. I have participated in multiple vision screenings and even led a couple myself. Yes, there was paperwork involved, but the documentation ensures the interns’ safety and legitimacy of every event that…

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Online Resources for Optometry Students

There are many optometry-related online resources that I have used throughout optometry school.  A few of the ones that I have found most helpful and have used the most are below. AOA Compass AOA Compass is a resource available to AOA/AOSA members.  It provides a step-by-step guide for optometry students and new practitioners to help them complete necessary steps before…

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Residency Day

Dr. Richard Trevino, OD, FAAO, the Director of Residency Programs invites students to Residency Day every year! He puts on this program so that students can see what other options are available besides working after graduation. The purpose of this program is to provide students with some general information about optometric residency education. We also learned about residency programs available…

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Scholarship Awarded to UIWRSO Student

Intern Linh Phan has been selected for the 2013 Transitions Students of Vision Scholarship.  This scholarship was open to optometry and opticianry students.  In order to apply, students had to submit an entry to the “Share Your Impact” contest. An entry could be a video, short story, photograph, poster, drawing, or illustration that demonstrated how the student will use (or have used)…

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