OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION BLOG

Keeping an Eye on Children’s Vision Health in the New School Year

08/20/2019

written by Theresa Maher ASCO intern For parents of a new child, the list of concerns is endless—limiting germ exposure, diaper rash, formula versus breastfeeding. As children get older, the list of worries change, but it doesn’t get shorter. Least of these concerns, for many parents, is a child’s optometric health. Maybe a child’s optometric […]

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Small Maine Family Practice Serves Big Purpose

08/06/2019

written by Theresa Maher ASCO intern Aroostook County, Maine is a large geographic area that borders Canada.  However, it is home to a small, tight-knit community with a variety of eye care needs. Family Eye Care and Mavor Optical is a private, family-run practice that is four generations in the making. The Doctors of Optometry […]

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How to Start an Eye Care Practice from Scratch

07/11/2019

  Why Start Your Own Practice, Choosing Your Location with Care, and Finding the Funds An interview with Courtney Dryer, OD, Autarchic Spec Shop, Charlotte, NC Dr. Courtney Dryer shares her step-by-step approach to a successful cold start. Dr. Courtney Dryer began her independent practice, Autarchic Spec Shop, six years ago in Charlotte, NC after […]

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Meet Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, ASCO President

06/28/2019

A Short Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, ASCO President Each July, ASCO swears in a new President to serve for the year. This year’s President, Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, sat down with ASCO’s Director of Communications, Kimberly O’Sullivan to talk about the next twelve months. Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe is a proud alumna of Ferris State University […]

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A Trip to the Eye Doctor Changes a Life

05/30/2019

written by Theresa Maher, ASCO intern It was a typical day in May in Waldorf, Maryland. Dr. Shahab Motamedi was seeing his last patient of the day one Saturday afternoon, and the patient asked if Motamedi could perform a comprehensive eye exam on his wife. He said he could, and when his patient brought his […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Drinking in School

03/29/2019

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) founded Alcohol Awareness Month in April 1987 to provide education, resources, and reduce the stigma that is so often associated with alcoholism. NCADD continues to sponsor Alcohol Awareness Month each April by encouraging the public to speak out about the dangers of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and […]

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Dear Pre-Optometry Students,

03/19/2019

Dear Pre-Optometry Students, It is hard to believe that I am almost done with my second year of optometry school at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). It seems like just yesterday I was a student at Central Michigan University, playing trivia at Hunter’s Ale House on Tuesdays, performing with The 6th Man Band at basketball […]

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What I Learned in Optometry School (Besides Optometry)

03/05/2019

written by Sherene Vazhappilly 4th year optometry student University of Waterloo School of Optometry It’s not until you reach the summit that you realize how high you’ve climbed. — Unknown Through my final phases of transformation to an exemplary Doctor of Optometry, I cannot help but to reflect and reminisce on the past few formative […]

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A Breakdown of Canadian vs American Optometry Board Exams

02/14/2019

written by Sherene Vazhappilly, Canadian Optometry Student If you’re a Canadian wanting to practice or do a residency in the United States, a Canadian at an American optometry institution or an American with ties to the “True North” – you may be thinking about taking both board exams. The Canadian board exam consist of two […]

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In Optometry School, Balance is Key

12/11/2018

written by Shanae Scott Maintaining a healthy and balanced life is crucial for everyone, especially if you are pursuing higher education. I have found this especially true when in optometry school. Many students, including myself, can over work themselves and lose sleep which can lead to increased stress and anxiety. However, as important it is […]

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