Entries by OCOS (Official)

May is Healthy Vision Month!

Every May, the National Eye Institute (NEI) encourages Americans to make their eye health a priority and informs them about steps they can take to protect their vision. As optometrists, we help the NEI spread the word about steps patients can take to make their vision last a lifetime during each exam! Some of the […]

OCOS Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Reena Patel

One of our very own, Dr. Reena Patel, was recently featured in articles by the American Optometric Association and California Optometric Association highlighting her passion for pediatric eye care and her involvement in the promotion of comprehensive pediatric eye examinations in the California legislature. Dr. Patel was also awarded the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. […]

June 13- International Albinism Awareness Day

Albinism is a group of genetic disorders resulting in little or no pigment (melanin) in the skin, hair and eyes. As a result, individuals with albinism are at an increased risk for skin cancer and vision problems. Through a review of statistics, it was found that 40% of all persons with albinism require refractive correction […]

Volunteers Needed @ Courtyard Homeless Shelter Vision Clinic

  We are writing to let you know that Illumination Foundation, Kids Vision for Life, and VSP are holding a free vision clinic for homeless on June 2-4, 2017 at The Courtyard Homeless Shelter in Santa Ana. We expect to provide free eye exams and new prescription glasses. We are looking for volunteer ophthalmologists, optometrists, technicians, opticians, nurses, optometry […]

Getting to Know Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes excessive dryness throughout the body.  It affects nearly four million Americans, with nine out of 10 Sjogren’s patients being female.  Common symptoms include dry eye, dry mouth, fatigue and joint pain.  These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to functional debilitation.  In the most serious cases, Sjogren’s […]

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a disease that affects the central part of vision (i.e., the macula) resulting in blurriness, distortion, changes in color/light perception and, ultimately, loss of vision. Peripheral vision is not affected. Vision loss often goes undetected, as these changes are usually gradual and affect […]

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Clinical Study

Name of Project:  Proposal for a Follow-on Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Clinical Study. Dr. Ridder, Dr. Comer, Dr. Oquindo and Dr. Yoshinaga are currently recruiting normal and age related macular degeneration volunteers for a study at the Southern California College of Optometry/Ketchum Health, Marshall B. Ketchum University. Inclusion Criteria for Normal subjects: Approximate age: 65+ Vision close to […]

Tribute to Dr. Harue Marsden

With a heavy heart, we want to inform all OCOS members that Dr. Harue Marsden passed away after an extended fight against cancer on Thursday Feb 2. She passed away in the comfort of her own home. There will be a memorial service next Friday, February 10. For those wish to attend it will be […]

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Many of the tests in a standard eye exam are designed to detect glaucoma, a collection of disorders involving progressive damage to structures at the back of the eye (including the optic nerve head and retinal nerve fiber layer) and resulting vision loss. Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma with nearly half unaware that they […]