Optometry (OD)

February 2013    

Class of 2014

By: Helena Tzou

OD 2014 is busy getting ready for the boards examination in March. The third years also started Low Vision and Systemic Disease this month. At the end of February, OD 2014 chose electives that they will take from April until the end of the school year. Many students will also perform research with the optometry faculty in numerous exciting fields. KMK Educational Services returned to WUCO for the fourth and final time on February 2 and 3 for a packed weekend of Geometric Optics, Physiological Optics, Visual Perception, Ocular Motility, Binocular Vision, Neuroscience, and Glaucoma. The third years played a big role in the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) site visit from February 3-6. Student leaders met with the ACOE site team for dinner on February 4 while the entire optometry student body met with the team for lunch on February 5.

The third years have also supported various optometry events, such as Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) Mexico Barbecue and Boba Fundraiser on February 1 and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Samosa Fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project on February 20. OD 2014 also volunteered as graders for the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society’s mock proficiency for OD 2016 on February 20. The third years attended the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)’s “Expand Your Vision Training Practice with Sports Vision Enhancement” with Dr. Arnold Sherman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD on February 25.

OD 2014 has also been involved with legislative optometry. Students attended the California Optometric Association (COA) House of Delegates on February 8 and 9 to learn more about the latest issues in optometry. Numerous students attended the COA Grassroots Advocacy Training on February 19. Kara Corches, COA Grassroots and Fundraising Manager, and COA President Dr. Fred Dubick, OD, MBA, FAAO led an interactive meeting for students to learn how to be an effective representative for optometry, have a successful meeting with a legislator and legislative staff members, and how to write influential letters to lawmakers. Students and faculty of WesternU and of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) as well as optometrists in local optometric societies attended. On February 27, third years attended COA Legislative Day in Sacramento to meet with senators and assemblymembers. OD 2014 shared how optometry students are capable and ready to provide care for the influx of patients who will enter the healthcare system due to the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Students also met numerous optometrists practicing throughout the state of California as well as optometry students from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and SCCO. On March 19 and 20, OD 2014 will be taking the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I Applied Basic Science. Please send your best wishes to the third year optometry students!


Picture 1 Caption: 

Aaron Lam, Diane Lee, Thomas Wong, Helena Tzou, Julia Chu, and Dr. Paul Dobies at COA Legislative Day in Sacramento, California

Picture 2 Caption:

Kate Allen, Justine Simon, Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman, Dr. Donald Studt, Dr. Arnold Sherman, Dr. Albert Chun, and Kenneth Nguyen at COVD Expand Your Vision Training Practice with Sports Vision Enhancement at WesternU


Class of 2014

by: Helena Tzou

Happy New Year from OD 2014! The third years have been hitting the books to prepare for the national optometric boards in March. However, we still manage to have some fun! OD 2014 attended SGA OD 2016’s WUCO Spring Mixer Casino Golden Eye Night on January 9. Students were treated to a taco bar dinner, casino games, and prizes, including two Kindle Fires! Raffle proceeds were donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. SGA OD 2014 held the third boards study session on January 10. KMK Educational Services returned to WUCO for the third time on January 13 and 14 for a hardy dose of Ocular Anatomy, Ocular Physiology, and Ocular Disease.

The optometry clubs organized multiple events in January. On January 10, the WUCO Liaisons for the California Optometric Association (COA), Thomas Wong (OD 2014) and Diane Lee (OD 2015), invited Dr. Robert Gordon, former COA President, to share his experiences in the legislative area of optometry. Students were also briefed about upcoming COA events, such as House of Delegates and Legislative Day. On January 10, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) held a meeting focusing on gait analysis led by physical therapy student Lindsey Liggan (DPT 2013). Vision and gait are interlinked emphasizing the need for optometrists and physical therapists to work together in order to provide the best patient care. On January 10, Optometric Extension Program Liaison Judy Cao (OD 2014) organized an interactive presentation with guest speakers Dr. Derek Tong, Dr. Kauser Sharieff, Dr. Lori Nishida-Eugenio, and Dr. Jessica Fang. The panel answered questions of how to incorporate vision therapy and neuro-optometry into private practice. On January 16, NORA invited Ms. Nikki Coulas as a guest speaker. Ms. Coulas is a traumatic brain injury patient who shared her story of undergoing neuro-rehabiliation with her healthcare team, including her optometrists, physical therapist, physiatrist, and neuro-psychologist. On January 17, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) Annual Tour de Optometry speaker was Dr. Robin Price. Dr. Price shared his experiences working in a full-scope optometric office specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation in Utah. His message was that vision therapy can enhance students’ opportunities as new graduates.

The College of Optometry administration held a Town Hall Meeting on January 16 to update students about upcoming events and also to give students a chance to voice issues and concerns. On January 17, Dr. Maryke Neiberg gave a presentation called “Time Management” so students can do well in school as well as have time for the important things in life. On January 23, Dr. Chris Chase gave a presentation called “Getting Things Done.” 2013 is off to a great start for OD 2014! Until next time!

Class 2015

by Po-Yi Lee

OD2015 Picture 1

WesternU College of Optometry at COA Legitative Day 2013. Left: Aaron Lam, Diane Lee, Thomas Wong, Helena Tzou, Julia Chu & Dr. Dobbies.

Representing optometry and educate legislators on the scope of practice of optometry. 

Class of 2015

by: Po-Yi Lee

Happy New Year!

In January, the Holiday Eyeglasses Drive initiated by SGA OD2015 came to an end and it was a success! Over 300 pairs of glasses were collected and will be donated to Lion’s Club to be used in future screenings.

On January 10, 2013, Optometric Extension Program (OEP) hosted a panel presentation on “How to get into Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometry in Private Practice Settings in California”.  Guest speakers include Dr. Derek Tong OD FAAO FCOVD FNORA, Dr. Jane Liang OD FCOVD, Dr. Kauser Sharieff OD FCOVD FNORA and Dr. Jessica Fang OD.

On January 16, 2013, Neruo-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), invited Nikki Coulas, member of RNOA and a TBI survivor, to give a presentation on “My Traumatic Brain Injury and Recovery”.

On January 17, 2013, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) invited Dr. Robin Price OD FCOVD to speak to WUCO students on “How Vision Therapy Can Enhance Your opportunities as a New Graduate”. 

Class of 2016

By Doanh Pye Nguyen

I can’t believe it’s already February!  Time flies when you’re busy studying, but that didn’t stop us from putting on the annual mid-year celebration.  This year, SGA 2016 hosted the Casino Golden Eye Night for the College of Optometry with a delicious taco bar, cakes, and lots of games!  Students from all the classes were able to mingle with the faculty playing roulette, craps, and some blackjack for raffle tickets of course.  There were also gift cards and hot prizes such as the Kindle Fire HD.  All proceeds benefited the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for a total of $444!   Thank you to all who attended and hope to see you again at future events!

In other news, our class started clerkships this month.  Hopefully those vision screenings last semester are coming in handy now!  We’re almost done with IDIT, hang in there!