The New Jersey Academy of Optometry’s (NJAO) chapter dinner meeting on November 8 included two notable events for the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). Not only did chief of the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Erin Kenny, present a continuing education seminar, but PCO was also presented with a $10,000 scholarship check.
Dr. Melissa Trego, PCO dean, on behalf of the University, accepted the check, which will support scholarships for students in the University’s Optometry program who hail from the Garden State. To date, the NJAO has provided more than $170,000 to support PCO students who are New Jersey residents.
“Salus PCO is incredibly thankful and appreciative of the continued support from the New Jersey Academy of Optometry,” Dr. Trego said.
In her continuing education lecture, Dr. Kenny presented about the past, present and future of retinal implants and vision rehabilitation. This past summer, the Feinbloom Center, which is housed within the optometry program’s clinical facility The Eye Institute worked with its first implant patient
. The patient has been working with an interdisciplinary team at the Feinbloom Center, which includes an optometrist, occupational therapist and orientation and mobility specialist.
Dr. Kenny believes more optometrists should be aware of the new technology and how vision rehabilitation plays a significant role in the patient’s continual adjustment to the surgical implant.
“We had our first retinal implant patient come through the Feinbloom Center
, and I learned a lot about not only the implant, but also the rehabilitation process associated with it,” she said. “I think it’s important for providers to know more in-depth about the implant.”