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Southern College of Optometry

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Memphis, TN, United States

Southern College of Optometry is a college of optometry in the United States. It is located in Memphis, Tennessee and is dedicated to the study of optometry, the field of medicine that includes not only the performance of refractive eye examinations and the fitting of necessary corrective lenses or vision therapy, but also the diagnosis and treatment of numerous ocular diseases. After completing a 4-year graduate program, students at SCO receive the degree of Doctor of Optometry .SCO has often been distinguished for its high National Board passage rates. The college has consistently surpassed the average National Passage Rate, and currently holds passage rates of 92%, 98%, and 99% on Part I, Part II, and Part III respectively of the most recent National Board Examinations. Wikipedia.

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News Article | July 26, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern College of Optometry opened FocalPoint, the first facility of its kind in the United States to offer completely paperless telemedicine via EyecareLiveTM. FocalPoint’s 8,000-square-foot clinic has four doctors and offers several technological advances for eye health and exclusive new eyewear lines. The clinic also provides additional clinical instruction space for the college’s students. “FocalPoint brings to life the vision for a hybrid clinic delivering ‘Care Anywhere,’” said Dr. Moshe Mendelson, co-founder and chief medical officer of EyecareLive. “The paperless facility allows patients to digitally check in, manage their records and follow up with doctors on the telemedicine platform.” In addition to transforming patient access, FocalPoint is among just 12 locations in the U.S. to offer customizable eyewear through HOYA’s Yuniku system. Using 3-D scanning, parametric design automation and 3-D printing, the platform creates eyewear to uniquely fit individual facial characteristics. FocalPoint also shares space with Church Health Eye Care. The walls-down facility integrates care to serve patients across varying demographics and socioeconomic profiles. “Having several health care disciplines under one roof allows Southern College of Optometry to better integrate patient care and education,” said Dr. James Venable, vice president of clinical programs at SCO. “The concept of interprofessional health care education is spreading, and SCO is at the forefront of this movement.” Providing integrated care in a first-of-its-kind telehealth platform makes patients active participants in their care with higher levels of personal attention. It also raises SCO’s profile among peers, as its students now have unparalleled access to technologies expected to revolutionize private optometric practice. “FocalPoint is part of SCO’s commitment to quality health services and high-end products,” said Dr. Lewis Reich, president of SCO. “Offering the latest technologies improves patient experiences and better prepares our graduates to thrive.” About Southern College of Optometry Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1932. The independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education has more than 500 students and residents from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 60,000 patients annually, making it one of the nation’s top for clinical optometric education. SCO’s Community Outreach Program provides vision screenings to more than 12,000 children annually in Shelby County’s public, private and charter schools. For more information on SCO, please visit http://sco.edu.


News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SHERIDAN, Wyo., May 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- . – May is Healthy Vision Month, and in recognition of the importance of healthy eyes, WyoVision Associates, Inc. has released several tips for maintaining good eyesight. Following these suggestions can help prevent vision damage in multiple ways, and together, provide plenty of protection. Implementing them as soon as possible is recommended for the best eye health. One of the best ways to protect healthy vision is to get a yearly eye exam. This allows optometrists to spot any emerging eye diseases or other problems long before they cause noticeable changes to vision. In many cases, problems can be halted or slowed before they cause such changes, but only if they're spotted in time. Eye exams also provide the opportunity to fine-tune any corrective lens prescriptions so that glasses and contacts continue to work their best. Some eye care practices have only become standard recently. For example, eye doctors now recommend wearing special lenses to block blue light as well as UV rays. The blue light spectrum is commonly emitted by monitors, flat-screen TVs, smartphone screens, and LED lights – all things that people are exposed to now more than ever. Even those who don't need prescriptions should wear blue-light-blocking glasses if they look at any sort of screen or LED lighting for more than a couple of hours per day. "While there are new threats to vision health, it's important to remember that old threats are still present. People should protect their eyes from UV light as well as watch out for crude threats like wood chips and other projectiles. It's important to wear safety glasses while using power tools in the yard as well as in the factory, avoid looking at the sun and other overly-bright light, and take other standard precautions against eye injury," said Dr. Joseph Katschke of WyoVision Associates, Inc. WyoVision Associates, Inc. recommends eye exams on a yearly basis. Some vision problems can crop up quickly, and yearly exams allow problems to be treated in fairly short order. Changes in the eye can also herald serious body-wide (systemic) diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Early treatment of these diseases can prevent many other serious problems. WyoVision Associates, Inc. has two office locations: one in Sheridan and one in Gillette. The teams at both offices are led by Dr. Katschke, who graduated from the Southern College of Optometry with honors in 2007. Find out more about their hours, services, and locations by visiting their website at http://wyovision.com/.


News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SHERIDAN, Wyo., May 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- . – May is Healthy Vision Month, and in recognition of the importance of healthy eyes, WyoVision Associates, Inc. has released several tips for maintaining good eyesight. Following these suggestions can help prevent vision damage in multiple ways, and together, provide plenty of protection. Implementing them as soon as possible is recommended for the best eye health. One of the best ways to protect healthy vision is to get a yearly eye exam. This allows optometrists to spot any emerging eye diseases or other problems long before they cause noticeable changes to vision. In many cases, problems can be halted or slowed before they cause such changes, but only if they're spotted in time. Eye exams also provide the opportunity to fine-tune any corrective lens prescriptions so that glasses and contacts continue to work their best. Some eye care practices have only become standard recently. For example, eye doctors now recommend wearing special lenses to block blue light as well as UV rays. The blue light spectrum is commonly emitted by monitors, flat-screen TVs, smartphone screens, and LED lights – all things that people are exposed to now more than ever. Even those who don't need prescriptions should wear blue-light-blocking glasses if they look at any sort of screen or LED lighting for more than a couple of hours per day. "While there are new threats to vision health, it's important to remember that old threats are still present. People should protect their eyes from UV light as well as watch out for crude threats like wood chips and other projectiles. It's important to wear safety glasses while using power tools in the yard as well as in the factory, avoid looking at the sun and other overly-bright light, and take other standard precautions against eye injury," said Dr. Joseph Katschke of WyoVision Associates, Inc. WyoVision Associates, Inc. recommends eye exams on a yearly basis. Some vision problems can crop up quickly, and yearly exams allow problems to be treated in fairly short order. Changes in the eye can also herald serious body-wide (systemic) diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Early treatment of these diseases can prevent many other serious problems. WyoVision Associates, Inc. has two office locations: one in Sheridan and one in Gillette. The teams at both offices are led by Dr. Katschke, who graduated from the Southern College of Optometry with honors in 2007. Find out more about their hours, services, and locations by visiting their website at http://wyovision.com/.


News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SHERIDAN, Wyo., May 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- . – May is Healthy Vision Month, and in recognition of the importance of healthy eyes, WyoVision Associates, Inc. has released several tips for maintaining good eyesight. Following these suggestions can help prevent vision damage in multiple ways, and together, provide plenty of protection. Implementing them as soon as possible is recommended for the best eye health. One of the best ways to protect healthy vision is to get a yearly eye exam. This allows optometrists to spot any emerging eye diseases or other problems long before they cause noticeable changes to vision. In many cases, problems can be halted or slowed before they cause such changes, but only if they're spotted in time. Eye exams also provide the opportunity to fine-tune any corrective lens prescriptions so that glasses and contacts continue to work their best. Some eye care practices have only become standard recently. For example, eye doctors now recommend wearing special lenses to block blue light as well as UV rays. The blue light spectrum is commonly emitted by monitors, flat-screen TVs, smartphone screens, and LED lights – all things that people are exposed to now more than ever. Even those who don't need prescriptions should wear blue-light-blocking glasses if they look at any sort of screen or LED lighting for more than a couple of hours per day. "While there are new threats to vision health, it's important to remember that old threats are still present. People should protect their eyes from UV light as well as watch out for crude threats like wood chips and other projectiles. It's important to wear safety glasses while using power tools in the yard as well as in the factory, avoid looking at the sun and other overly-bright light, and take other standard precautions against eye injury," said Dr. Joseph Katschke of WyoVision Associates, Inc. WyoVision Associates, Inc. recommends eye exams on a yearly basis. Some vision problems can crop up quickly, and yearly exams allow problems to be treated in fairly short order. Changes in the eye can also herald serious body-wide (systemic) diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Early treatment of these diseases can prevent many other serious problems. WyoVision Associates, Inc. has two office locations: one in Sheridan and one in Gillette. The teams at both offices are led by Dr. Katschke, who graduated from the Southern College of Optometry with honors in 2007. Find out more about their hours, services, and locations by visiting their website at http://wyovision.com/.


News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SHERIDAN, Wyo., May 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- . – May is Healthy Vision Month, and in recognition of the importance of healthy eyes, WyoVision Associates, Inc. has released several tips for maintaining good eyesight. Following these suggestions can help prevent vision damage in multiple ways, and together, provide plenty of protection. Implementing them as soon as possible is recommended for the best eye health. One of the best ways to protect healthy vision is to get a yearly eye exam. This allows optometrists to spot any emerging eye diseases or other problems long before they cause noticeable changes to vision. In many cases, problems can be halted or slowed before they cause such changes, but only if they're spotted in time. Eye exams also provide the opportunity to fine-tune any corrective lens prescriptions so that glasses and contacts continue to work their best. Some eye care practices have only become standard recently. For example, eye doctors now recommend wearing special lenses to block blue light as well as UV rays. The blue light spectrum is commonly emitted by monitors, flat-screen TVs, smartphone screens, and LED lights – all things that people are exposed to now more than ever. Even those who don't need prescriptions should wear blue-light-blocking glasses if they look at any sort of screen or LED lighting for more than a couple of hours per day. "While there are new threats to vision health, it's important to remember that old threats are still present. People should protect their eyes from UV light as well as watch out for crude threats like wood chips and other projectiles. It's important to wear safety glasses while using power tools in the yard as well as in the factory, avoid looking at the sun and other overly-bright light, and take other standard precautions against eye injury," said Dr. Joseph Katschke of WyoVision Associates, Inc. WyoVision Associates, Inc. recommends eye exams on a yearly basis. Some vision problems can crop up quickly, and yearly exams allow problems to be treated in fairly short order. Changes in the eye can also herald serious body-wide (systemic) diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Early treatment of these diseases can prevent many other serious problems. WyoVision Associates, Inc. has two office locations: one in Sheridan and one in Gillette. The teams at both offices are led by Dr. Katschke, who graduated from the Southern College of Optometry with honors in 2007. Find out more about their hours, services, and locations by visiting their website at http://wyovision.com/.


Patent
Southern College of Optometry and University of Memphis | Date: 2012-10-02

One aspect of the invention provides a method for training a classification algorithm to detect a retinal pathology. The method includes: for a plurality of pseudo two-dimensional data sets of one-dimensional data points, each pseudo two-dimensional data point representing RNFL thickness values for a subject and corresponding index values for the data points: performing fractal analysis on the data set to calculate a plurality of fractal dimensions and calculating a plurality of slopes between each fractal dimension; combining the plurality of slopes for subjects labeled as pathologic into a pathologic data set; combining the plurality of slopes for subjects labeled as healthy into a healthy data set; and applying a linear discriminant function the pathologic data set and the healthy data set; thereby training a classification algorithm to detect the retinal pathology.


Fuller D.G.,Southern College of Optometry | Alperin D.,Case Western Reserve University
Optometry and Vision Science | Year: 2013

PURPOSE: To search for differences in corneal asphericity on the basis of ethnicity between African-American and white populations. METHODS: A prospective cohort design was used to analyze corneal asphericity (Q value) data obtained by Pentacam HR (Oculus, Wetzlar, Germany) on right eyes from African-American (n = 80) and white (n = 80). Subjects were stratified by ethnicity, age, and spherical equivalent (SE) refractive error. Q values were obtained from each quadrant (superior, nasal, inferior, and temporal) and two meridians (horizontal and vertical). RESULTS: The mean Q values were African-Americans -0.26 ± 0.19 and whites -0.20 ± 0.12, indicating that the eyes of African-Americans were significantly more prolate (p = 0.003) than those of whites. There was a significant difference between mean Q values for ethnic groups only in the 30- to 39-year olds (p = 0.01) and there was a lack of correlation with age in both ethnic groups. Q value contrasts by gender were only significant between males (p = 0.01). There was a lack of correlation between Q value and SE for either ethnic group. Age group contrasts between ethnic groups found significant differences for those with SE greater than 0.00 D to -3.00 D (p = 0.05) and greater than 0.00 D to +3.00 D (p = 0.05). Comparison of mean Q values in opposing meridians within and across ethnic groups were significant, although neither group showed significant differences between horizontal and vertical meridians. CONCLUSIONS: Corneal asphericity as represented by mean Q value varies significantly between African-Americans and whites. The greatest differences are evident in opposing quadrants and appear to be little influenced by age, gender, or SE. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Optometry.


Fuller D.G.,Southern College of Optometry
Optometry and Vision Science | Year: 2016

PURPOSE: This study examines the accuracy of neophyte clinicians’ assessments of central corneal clearance (CCC) of a corneoscleral lens using lens center thickness (CT) as a biometric scale. METHODS: A normal participant was fit with a corneoscleral lens on both eyes. Observers (n = 34) from the final semester of their fourth year in optometric clinical training were instructed to estimate the amount of CCC through the approximate geometrical center of the lens using a standardized script which included a photograph identifying various zones. Observer estimates were then compared against anterior segment-OCT (AS-OCT) values obtained during calibration. RESULTS: Mean observer estimates of central corneal clearances were OD 220.5 ± 121.microns (range 50 to 480 microns) and OS 398.0 ± 159.1 microns (range 140 to 800 microns). The mean AS-OCT values were OD 105.5 ± 11.microns (range 84 to 121 microns) and OS 340.8 ± 15.2 microns (range 315 to 362 microns). Mann-Whitney test was statistically significant for comparison of median values OD (177.0; p = 0.001) and OS (260.0; p = 0.012). CONCLUSIONS: Neophyte clinicians in the final semester of their fourth year of optometric clinical training tend to significantly overestimate the amount of CCC in a normal subject with declining accuracy as the amount of clearance diminishes. © 2016 American Academy of Optometry


Lievens C.W.,Southern College of Optometry
Optometry and Vision Science | Year: 2016

PURPOSE: To assess changes in lid papillae and symptoms after use of a hydrogen peroxide–containing solution (H2O2) for 3 months by symptomatic contact lens wearers. METHODS: This randomized, controlled, investigator-masked, parallel group study enrolled symptomatic lens wearers with at least mild lid papillae who habitually used a biguanide-preserved multipurpose solution (BMPS). Subjects were randomized to habitual BMPS or H2O2 for 3 months to care for their lenses. Lid papillae severity (0–4) was graded in four zones of each eye at baseline and at 30, 60, and 90 days. Subjects rated frequency and intensity of symptoms and completed the Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire (CLDEQ-8) at the same time points. Lens cases used for 1 month were collected from subjects in the H2O2 group, and residual peroxide concentration was analyzed at disinfection time. RESULTS: In all, 131 subjects were randomized to H2O2 (n = 64) or BMPS (n = 67) and underwent post-baseline assessment. The H2O2 group showed significantly greater improvements in lid papillae from baseline to day 90 than the BMPS group (H2O2, least square mean [LSM] difference [baseline–day 90] in maximum score 0.904 [95% CI 0.744–1.064]; BMPS, LSM difference 0.423 [95% CI 0.271–0.576]; p < 0.001). Frequency and intensity of symptoms, including grittiness, end-of-day dryness, irritation, burning/stinging, itchiness, and blurry vision, were significantly lower for H2O2 than for BMPS at days 30, 60, and 90 (all p ≤ 0.045), as were mean CLDEQ-8 scores (3-mo scores 10.6 ± 6.30 vs.15.0 ± 7.29, p < 0.001). Residual peroxide concentration in 61 used lens cases ranged from 6 to 55 ppm (mean, 15 ± 8 ppm) and 95% of cases had residual peroxide less than 30 ppm. CONCLUSIONS: Symptomatic contact lens wearers using the H2O2 solution showed greater reductions in lid papillae and symptoms at 90 days than did subjects using BMPS. Cases used for 1 month neutralized peroxide at disinfection time to levels below those detectable by ocular tissues. © 2016 American Academy of Optometry


Edrington T.B.,Southern College of Optometry
Contact Lens and Anterior Eye | Year: 2011

Toric soft contact lenses have been in the marketplace for more than 30. years. Over this period of time, substantial improvements have been made in the areas of lens reproducibility, lens material permeability, frequency of lens replacement, and availability of lens design and parameter options. This article will review the methods used to stabilize lens rotation and their effectiveness as reported in the literature. © 2011.

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