Vision First

“Vision First”, that was the theme for World Sight Day 2019. Taking place on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is a global event that shines a light on blindness and vision impairment. Every year, Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) plans one of the largest events to raise funds for this foundation.

The event, titled “Dining in the Dark” takes the challenge of vision impairment and serves it on a dinner plate, literally. It is a unique sensory awareness experience that gives guests a first-hand glimpse into the lives of those with low vision. Guests are invited to attend a formal dinner where the entire culinary experience will be in the dark. As dinner is served, guests put on blindfolds and the lights are turned off in order to experience navigating a simple meal with no vision.

The event takes place in the top floor of the Rosenberg Sky Room located at the University of the Incarnate Word Broadway campus. Before putting their blindfold on, guests can enjoy the magnificent skyline view of Downtown San Antonio, listen to live music, and participate in a silent auction.

This opportunity is open to RSO students, faculty, family, and the public. The servers for the night consist of optometry students; this year, I was one of them. After I helped serve the dinner, which consisted of a side salad, lasagna, and garlic bread, I walked around the tables I was assigned to and assisted with anything the guests needed. Some requests included helping someone find their water, or their fork. My personal favorite task, however, was confirming to one guest that he did, in fact, finish all his food.

The event had live music, brought to you by “The Spectacles,” a band made up of RSO faculty and family, a silent auction, and a raffle. Over 150 tickets were sold with 100% of ticket proceeds being donated to Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

This year, SVOSH raised over over $5,000 for OGS.

Carolyn Smith, 2019 SVOSH President, shares:

“With a mission designed to inspire the development of ’caring and compassionate health care providers’, I believe we here at RSO have a unique niche. Dining in the Dark is not just a fundraiser, but an opportunity to bring the RSO community together in recognition of World Sight Day- a day dedicated to raising awareness for the blind and visually impaired”.

There is no better example of community and service than Dining in the Dark and those who helped make it possible.

A huge congratulations goes to the SVOSH team for the impact they have made in many lives. We are so proud to play a part in the progress being made.

“Restoring sight can turn a life of poverty, into a life of opportunity. For many people, that’s vision for life.”

-Optometry Giving Sight

Students prepare to serve blindfolded guests

Dr. Narges Kasraie Certified as Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry

The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) is pleased to announce that Dr. Narges Kasraie has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

Kasraie is an assistant professor at UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry. She provides patient care as an attending optometrist at the UIW Eye and Vision Care Clinic and also teaches lectures and laboratories in various optometric fields. Kasraie earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry and also completed her Residency in primary care optometry at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

“As a member of the UIW community I am so proud to be the first doctor at UIWRSO to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. The board certification process is meant to enable optometrists to stay current with the most recent changes in the profession enabling us to continue to provide an excellent quality care to our patients and education to our interns at UIWRSO,” said Kasraie.

Board certification is a rigorous process including graduation from a school or college of Optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, having an active license to practice therapeutic optometry in a state, District of Columbia, U.S. commonwealth or territory, and adherence to principles of the Optometric Oath. Additionally, the process involves the completion of the exam application requirements, which include the completion of 150 points of post-graduate requirements and evidence of three years of active licensure and clinical practice or completion of an ACOE-Approved Residency.

The UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry matriculated its first class in 2009 after receiving approval by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. The UIW School of Optometry is the only faith-based school of optometry in the U.S. Optometrists provide comprehensive eye and vision care which includes refraction and dispensing, detection, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of the conditions of the visual system.

Dr. Denise Doyle Recognized by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Dr. Denise Doyle, Chancellor of UIW, was recently recognized by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for her extraordinary efforts in the creation and advancement of UIW’s new optometric education program – the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO).

Dr. Doyle has brought a level of leadership and professional expertise to the establishment of UIWRSO that has resulted in its profile as a well-defined, excellence-oriented health professions institution guided by a mission of preparing future leaders in optometry through excellence in education, patient care and vision research in an environment committed to personal growth in a context of faith, human dignity and social justice.

In a statement by the Board of Directors of ASCO it formally lauds the work of Dr. Doyle in the establishment of the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry, “which has brought great credit to the School, the University and the optometric profession.”

Founded in 1941, ASCO is a non-profit education association representing the interests of optometric education. ASCO’s membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico. ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member schools prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry.

Congratulations Dr. Doyle.  We are privileged and honored to work alongside you.