Light the Way at University of the Incarnate Word

This past weekend, a few classmates and I volunteered at the reception tables for Light the Way on main campus.  Along with physical therapy and pre-pharmacy students, we passed out hot chocolate and cookies to hundreds of attendees at the event toward the end of the night.

The night consisted of live musical entertainment and fireworks, but my favorite part was when the switches were flipped, and millions of lights illuminated the campus.

It was a fun night, and the hot chocolate and cookies were delicious, too!

What is happening lately…

As part of my Contact Lens (CL) Society officer duties, I got to organize a Multifocal Contact Lens Fitting Workshop about 2 weeks ago. As a future practitioner, my goal is to get my hands on different types of contact lens fittings. This event made me realize how much I already knew about CL’s and provided me with lots of confidence about CL’s.

Overall, the event was made successful by all the CL officers, CL manufacturer & sponsors, such as the STAPLE (Soft Toric And Presbyopic Lens Education) program, all society members and lastly patients. The event was planned and patients were requested to come in months in advance. All the patients were very supportive and encouraging to the student body. Dr. Long Tran came as a guest speaker and gave us some inside tips about Multifocal Contact Lenses.

I got to work with two different patients on that day in the exact same way as patients are seen in an actual clinic for fitting their lenses. STAPLE’s organizers made it more fun by taking a personal interest to diversify this experience and divided patients in terms of their refractive errors. If patients like their fit, they got to try it for free. This way, it benefited patients and students at the same time. A few of RSO’s own faculty members came in to support the 3rd and 4th years participating on the weekend. The event ended with a delicious lunch from Panera Bread, courtesy of CL manufacturers!

 

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On the same day, I got to work with the Student Volunteers for Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) organized screening at a BAPS temple. The BAPS charities health fair was a huge event and benefited more than 300 people overall. The screenings provided were multidisciplinary in a way that there were pharmacist, MDs, ODs and technicians. I got to socialize with other healthcare professionals and got to know how different professions function together.

Since the screening was open to all age groups, it was quite a diversified experience. I got the opportunity to examine quite a few eye conditions even though it was just a screening such as PVD, Asteroid Hyalosis. I earned the satisfaction of helping people and provide education & guidance as needed. As I was among a very few bilingual interns for that day and it was a great experience overall. I must say that the organizers welcomed us with all their hearts and so much respect. The organizers distributed volunteer certificates to all of us and provided the authentic Indian food towards the end.