College of Optometry

College News

February 2019

2/5/19 Tuesday

sVOSH will be selling Chinese food next Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 12pm to 1pm on the HEC Esplanade. We will be serving noodles, orange chicken, and veggie egg rolls! Click here for details. 

2/11/19 Monday

The next Orange County Optometric Society (OCOS) CE meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 11th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at Darya Restaurant in Santa Ana. The topic is retinal glaucoma and low vision rehabilitation. We are looking for 2 volunteer students to help with registration. If interested please email OCOS.WUCO@gmail.com before Tuesday, February 5th. 

2/14/19 Thursday

Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (sVOSH) will be selling chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day! Pre-order is available until 5:00pm on Monday, 2/11/19. You may order individual, half dozen, and one dozen strawberries (please see flyer for more details). All proceeds will support the sVOSH clinic trip to Peru this summer! Individual strawberries sold the day-of will be limited. Thank you very much for your support! Click here to place your order by Monday, 2/11/19. 

2/18/19 Monday

University closed in observance of President’s Day.


Save the Date April 10, 2019

California Optometric Association Legislative Day. Cafeteria 15L, Sacramento, CA. Registration and Details forthcoming.

5/20/19 Monday & 5/21/19 Tuesday

OD2019 Capstone Event – Pomona, CA 

5/21/19 Tuesday

OD2019 Dinner Dance – Pomona, CA 

5/23/19 Thursday

OD2019 Commencement – Pasadena, CA


The 34th CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference will be held in Anaheim this year from March 11-15, 2019. The exhibit halls offer free attendance and will have many devices and technologies for the visually impaired. Follow this link for more information: http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/2019/sessions/index.php/public/website_pages/view/5 

At this year’s Global Specialty Lens Symposium, the largest specialty contact lens conference in the US, College of Optometry faculty Drs. Frank Spors, Jie Shen, Dorcas Tsang, and Lance McNaughton received an award for their poster ‘A Comparison of Manual Keratometry and Simulated Keratometry When Determining Central K-Readings’. In addition, 4th year optometry student Ilya Volk received a student poster award for his poster ‘The Benefit of a Scleral Lens in the Treatment of a Post-Corneal Transplant Epithelial Defect’.

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Dr. Bennett McAllister attended The 7th Annual Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Conference at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), to present on the profession of Optometry. CSUSB is an excellent local undergraduate university that has proven a good source of candidates for WUCO.

Dr. John Tassinari will present a lecture, “Practical Pediatric Optometry” at the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society Clinical Optometry Symposium on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia.

Save the dates & come to volunteer in your community – Care Harbor Event on Saturday, 4/27/19 & Sunday, 4/28/19 at the Pomona Fairplex. Online volunteer registration will be opening soon http://www.careharbor.org/fairplex/ 

Western University of Health Sciences is hosting the next Envision Conference October 5-6, 2019! Envision Conference is the premier interprofessional conference for low vision rehabilitation. You’ll have a chance to interact and network with other practitioners, researchers, occupational therapists, vision rehabilitation therapists (VRT), teachers of visually impaired (TVI), orientation and mobility specialists (O&M), assistive technology specialists, and others. You’ll learn the latest advances in research and treatment as well as see exhibitors showcasing brand new technology that allow people to thrive and remain independent. http://www.cvent.com/events/envision-conference-west-2019/event-summary-273784431cb8420b93cfb8532eb00a85.aspx

Continuing Education Online Courses – for a list of 1 and 2 hours courses please click here.  


Please see our Campus Events page for more information. 


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