One guest exclaims as she looks in the mirror at her newly gemstone green eyes. Another is having difficulty choosing whether light blue or gray would work best with his complexion and hair color. From an outsider’s point of view, the evening may look like a high-end product showcase, but in reality, it was an extracurricular activity for Optometry students to refine their contact lens fitting skills.
Jamie (Roden) Pucci ’18OD has been named the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence for achieving the highest score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I Basic Science Examination.
The Virtual Reality Simulation Lab includes eight stations for indirect ophthalmoscopy and four for direct ophthalmoscopy. Each station is equipped with a touch-screen monitor, a model patient head, and the tools needed for either direct or indirect ophthalmoscopy. The indirect ophthalmoscopy stations also include a wearable headset with a display monitor.
Faculty and students from the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and the department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS), participated in the inaugural Junior Summer Academy, a unique program for middle school students who are visually impaired.
After more than two years of planning and five months of construction, equipment delivery and assembly, the revamped Optometry Clinical Procedures Lab is now open and filled with students finessing their screening and examination techniques.