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) his/her professional expertise to impact the lives of others.

Finalists were selected based on their answers to two questions:

(1) How did, or will you, use your professional expertise to make a difference in the lives of others?

(2) What impact did, or will, it have in their lives?

Entries were judged based on creativity and their ability to communicate answers to the two questions above.  Intern Phan submitted a short story about volunteering for optometric services, and was one of ten grand prize winners, from more than forty-five applicants.  As a grand prize winner, she will receive a $500 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Transitions Optical headquarters near Tampa, Florida​.

Faculty Achieve Professional Milestone at Academy

The UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry reached another milestone this October at the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in Seattle, WA.  It was announced that three faculty members at RSO were accepted as Fellows into the Academy.  The three new Academy fellows were announced as: Dr. Chandra Mickles, Dr. Kyle Sandberg, and Dr. Matt Valdes.

Dr. Chandra Mickles, O.D., M.S.
Dr. Chandra Mickles, O.D., M.S.
Dr. Kyle Sandberg O.D.
Dr. Kyle Sandberg O.D.
Dr. Matt Sin Valdes O.D.
Dr. Matt Sin Valdes O.D.








These individuals successfully completed the rigorous process of obtaining Academy Fellowship by preparing Patient Case Reports that each doctor has personally examined and treated.  “I had to prepare 2 case studies (one paper and 1 poster).  I also presented a poster on a pediatric vision screening study that I conducted.  The Academy requires that a total of 50 points are accumulated in order to be eligible for Fellowship.  In my case, I received 20 for completing a residency, 10 for each case report and 10 for the study poster,” Dr. Kyle Sandberg explained.

These reports are peer reviewed by the Admissions Committee for quality and standard of care.  If the doctor passes this portion of the examination process, they are invited to the annual meeting where they undergo a comprehensive oral examination.

As Dr. Sandra Mickles describes, “I qualified to sit for the oral examination through submitting one case report, two scientific posters based on my research, and my residency credentials.  There was a panel of the three optometrists that examined me orally, based on my credentials and written work submitted for earning the fellowship.”

Drs. Mickles, Sandberg and Valdes have reflected great credit upon themselves and the entire University of the Incarnate Word community.  “Fellowship means a great deal to me, personally and professionally.  Working in a teaching institution, it is imperative our students and patients know we strive to provide the highest level of patient care.  Despite the time and effort required for fellowship, it’s encouraging to know I’m helping support RSO’s culture of excellence,” said Dr. Matt Valdes.

They have achieved a professional milestone which only a small number of the optometrists around the world have succeeded at doing.  We congratulate them and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the profession.

UIW Faculty Accept Check To Promote East Side Development

walmart gift(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Dr. Tina Lopez. assistant professor, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager; Ivy Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2; Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College; and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of FSOP; accept a check for $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the UIW Health Fair held at St. Philip’s College School of Health Professions. The grant will help fund health fairs, promote interprofessional education and to serve the Eastside community of San Antonio. The interprofessional education includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).

source The Word E-News

UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry teams with NISD to provide Eye Examinations to Students

NISD students get help picking out their new glasses from UIW RSO staff.
NISD students get help picking out their new glasses from UIW RSO staff.

San Antonio – On Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1, UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) teamed up with Northside Independent School District (NISD) to provide free eye exams to 60 pre-selected students between the ages of 5 and 9 years who failed their school vision screenings.  These children either did not have vision insurance or the ability to pay for comprehensive eye care. UIWRSO optometry students, under the direction of UIWRSO clinic faculty, provided free eye examinations and the Essilor Vision Foundation provided free frames and lenses.

The students arrived in two groups and quickly made their way through the examination process.  The students were just a little nervous as this was the first eye exam for many of them.  Once they completed the exam they were able to pick out their new glasses.

“This affiliation between the UIWRSO, the NISD, and the Essilor Vision Foundation has made a significant impact in the quality of life of 120 children living in San Antonio. We look forward to conducting examination days at least one day a month in the future. I expect that these examination days to provide the underserved children of San Antonio well over $100,000 worth of free eye care, spectacles, and other forms of treatment annually. Not only does this improve the quality of life of the children receiving the care, we hope that the resultant clear and comfortable vision will improve their performance in school which ultimately provides dividends to the entire community. The UIWRSO is committed to serving the San Antonio community and it is an important value that we instill in all of our students and interns,” said Dr. James Chapman, UIWRSO clinic director.

UIWRSO, NISD, and the Essilor Vision Foundation have formed an affiliation to identify NISD students who require vision care, provide the professional examinations, and then to provide treatment through glasses or whatever modality that is best for the patient.

The UIW Eye Institute is one of seven patient care clinics operated by the Rosenberg School of Optometry. It provides specialty care in its Adult Care, Contact Lens, Ocular Disease, Pediatric, Low Vision, and Vision Therapy Services.  UIWRSO administers a four-year graduate program following a four-year undergraduate degree leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree.


Margaret Garcia
Associate Director of Public Relations
University of the Incarnate Word
Office: (210) 805-3689


Slide Show of East Side Clinic From Start to Finish

Recently I had a chance to visit our newest facility, the Bowden Eye Care & Health Center, on the East side of San Antonio and was able to take some photos.  Check out the slide show chronicling the start of the process all the way to the completion.  There is still a little ways to go, but the health center should be seeing patients as early as the end of May.


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