University of Houston, College of Optometry

University of Houston, College of Optometry

Welcome to the University of Houston College of Optometry, the only public optometry training program in the state of Texas. Our campus is located in the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest city in the nation, also home to the largest medical center in the world. We prepare students for modern clinical practice as primary eyecare providers in five different community clinic settings located in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. We also provide advanced training in medical and surgical eye care through our on-site ambulatory surgical center and in partnership with our network of training facilities around the nation. Our research and graduate training programs prepare students for future careers in biomedical research.

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Tips for communicating with legislators

What is communication? It is a two-way process of sending and receiving ideas, opinions and information. For your message to be received by your legislator, you need to follow a few guidelines to help you communicate effectively. Methods to communicate First consider the method of communication you would like to use. Your choice should be …

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Aesthetic Medicine and Optometry

Aesthetic medicine is an umbrella term for all specialties that focus their efforts on improving the cosmetic appearance of patients. This can include treating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, excess fat, unwanted hair, scars, etc. Currently most medical fields have a cosmetic component to them. These specialties include dermatologists, plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, cosmetic chiropractors and medical aestheticians …

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Doctor in Focus: Sheila Morrison, OD, MS

John: Hi Dr. Morrison, it has been awhile since OS.com has checked in with you! The last time you were interviewed for OptometryStudents.com was back in 2014. At that time, you were a third year at Pacific University of College of Optometry (PUCO) and were involved in things like contact lens research, the sports vision club, a master’s program, …

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Putting Patient Care at Risk? Federal Trade Commission Proposes Changes to Contact Lens Rule

Late in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The revisions would require contact lens prescribers (of which the majority are optometrists) to obtain a signed acknowledgment form after giving a patient their contact lens prescription. Furthermore, if the proposed rule were enacted, prescribers would have to maintain these acknowledgments for at …

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It’s Time to Talk about Diabetes

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the incidence of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus has increased by 90 percent in the last 10 years.¹ However, it is more alarming that 46 percent of diabetic patients are unaware that they are affected and 42 percent are not confident in managing their diabetes.² Rates …

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Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief

Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by the unprecedented destruction delivered by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including optometry students, staff, and faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR)and Nova Southeastern University (Nova). In response to the disasters, the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the …

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SVOSH trip to Mexico – University of Houston College of Optometry

In March, I went on a Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) trip with eight other University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) students to the VOSH Guerrero clinic, which has been helping the indigenous population in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico for over three decades. We joined a group composed of two students from …

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Meet the OS.com Team: Bryan Williams, Executive Journalist

Bryan Williams is a 4th year optometry student at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) and the next subject of our Meet the OS.com Team series! He grew up in Dallas and is a good ol’ Texan boy through and through! He is a huge sports fan (especially Texas Tech), but more importantly, …

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Cataract Awareness Part 2: Treatment and Considerations

Surgical removal of the lens is currently the only method of treating a cataracts, and there are a variety of different ways it can be done. The most common modern surgery is called phacoemulsification, and it involves using ultrasonic waves to break up the lens while it’s still in the eye, then essentially using a …

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