The Vision Care Institute

Earlier this week, I was able to attend the Specialty Contact Lens Training Seminar at The Vision Care Institute (TVCI) in Jacksonville, FL.  The cost of the entire trip—transportation, hotel accommodation, and LOTS of food—was all sponsored by TVCI.  I went with seven other classmates, and we all learned valuable information and enjoyed the trip immensely.

The seminar was a two-day event that included a behavior/personality assessment review, manufacturing tour, and live patient interaction and feedback, among many other things.  There were also students from other optometry schools and colleges, and I was able to mingle with new people and even catch up with old friends.

Each optometry school or college gets to set the requirements for attending the seminar, and the only requirement for RSO students to attend is to be a Contact Lens Society member.

I would recommend attending the seminar either as a third-year or fourth-year student so that you will already have clinical experience and have taken the series of contact lens courses and labs.  This background of knowledge and skills will come in handy when fitting actual patients with contact lenses as part of the training seminar.

At the end of the seminar, every attendee received a plaque.  It was a great souvenir for a great trip!

Lighting the Way 5K/10K Race

The Low Vision and Rehabilitation Club at RSO formed a team of 60 participants to walk/run in the 4th Annual Weston Wright Lighting the Way 5K/10K Race on September 29.  Although it was storming the previous night, many students, faculty, and staff members still braved the weather and were present in the early morning for the race.

It was a very fun event.  We were able to raise over $900 for the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, and there were many team members that were top winners in each age category and overall.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) chapter at RSO celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with great food from a local Mexican restaurant and several games of bingo.

San Antonio’s population is about 63% Hispanic.  This event was a great opportunity to learn more about Hispanic culture and prominent Latinos in America and to enjoy the company of fellow classmates, faculty, and staff members.

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.