College of Optometry

College News

October 2018

10/2/18 Tuesday

All are invited to hear from Jeffrey Walline, OD, PhD, Board Member of the American Academy of Optometry! 12:00pm in HEC Classroom B. Lunch provided only to those who register by Monday, October 1st by noon. Click here to register now.

10/8/18 Monday

University Closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10/12/18 Friday

Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) presents Dine in the Dark! Come enjoy a nice dinner and fun activities as we raise funds and awareness for World Sight Day. 5:30pm in HEC Recital Hall. Contact sVOSHClub@westernu.edu  Click here for event details.

10/20/18 Saturday

Insan Health Fair Community Vision Screening Time needed: Shift B: 12:00pm – 4:30pm Location: 805 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766 (near City Hall) Sign up here.

10/20/18 Saturday

The Annual Western Regional Conference is being held at the University of California at Berkeley College of Optometry. Come out for informative lecturers, networking events, and enjoy a night out with colleagues! All-inclusive tickets are only $30! Last day to buy is October 9th 2018. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-regional-conference-tickets-50083489064

10/23/18 Tuesday

OCOS October CE event The event is scheduled from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Dave & Busters in Orange. Topic: “The Other Glaucomas & Hereditary Fundus Conditions.” Interested in attending and volunteering please email ocos.wuco@gmail.com (Food will be provided)


11/9/18 Friday

Join your fellow WUCO alumni, students, faculty, and staff at the WesternU Reception during AAO Academy 2018. Friday, November 9th from 7:15pm – 9:15 pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas. RSVP online by November 5th.

Save the Date April 10, 2019 – California Optometric Association Legislative Day. Cafeteria 15L, Sacramento, CA. Registration and Details forthcoming.


Drs. Bennett McAllister and Frank Spors had their article, Physiologic Analogues to the Slide Rule with Applications in Predictive Analysis and Assessment of Human Vision published in the most recent edition of the Journal of the Oughtred Society, a journal dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments. In the article, Drs. McAllister and Spors presented the concept of logarithmic response of human vision to changes in stimulus, the development of rational LogMAR visual acuity charts such as Bailey-Lovie and ETDRS and the leveraging of those charts’ design in predicting visual performance improvements with changes in lens power, working distance and telescope power.

Message to Students: Any WesternU students who went to any mission trip involving the provision of eye care to underserved communities this past summer and interested in getting reimbursement please email ocos.wuco@gmail.com. 

Dr. Elaine Ramos and Dr. John Tassinari both contributed cases to the new textbook, Clinical Cases in Eye Care. The name of Dr. Tassinari’s case is, A Complex Case of Accommodative Insufficiency. The name of Dr. Ramos’ case is, Intermittent Exotropia, Divergence Excess Type. 

On Saturday, September 29th 2018, Dr. Bennett McAllister and ten interns from WUCO 2022 performed blindness certifications on 46 patients at the Blind Center of Nevada (https://www.blindcenter.org/). Among the many ocular conditions seen were traumatic brain injury, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma (both angle closure and open angle), retinitis pigmentosa, aniridia, optic nerve hypoplasia, myopic degeneration, complication of meningitis, stroke, child abuse, cone dystrophy, optic neuritis, gunshot to head, retinopathy of prematurity, retinoblastoma, medication side effect, anophthalmia and infantile glaucoma.

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 hour courses please click here.  


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