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OCOS Spotlight: Danny Ngo shows why he is a COA Young OD of the Year!

The COA Young Optometrist of the Year is awarded to doctors who show remarkable leadership skills when serving their profession, patients, and their community. Our very own OCOS doctor and board member, Danny Ngo, was recently awarded this prestigious honor. Dr. Ngo is currently serving as the Chief of Service at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park. He is a past president of the OCOS and currently serves on the OCOS board as part of the public relations committee. He is also dedicated to giving back to the community through volunteer optometry with One Sight Optometry Clinic and the Lions Club. Dr. Ngo is an active advocate for the profession of optometry and participates in COA House of Delegates as well as COA Legislative Day. Here, Dr. Ngo speaks on his involvement in the local and state associations, as well as his passion for myopia control.


Why do you think it is important to get involved in your local/state association?

Optometry is changing rapidly and it is important to stay involved to protect the profession. There is strength in numbers and you risk the demise of optometry if you sit idle on the sidelines. Organized optometry has seen a tremendous change in scope in the last 15 years including the ability to treat glaucoma and perform non-invasive procedures. I believe that optometrists are the primary gate-keepers and will continue to provide more and more medical exams. Patients should only be referred to ophthalmology for ocular surgery. Who knows, we might even perform surgical procedures in the future as the need for eye care continues to rise. Optometry is in a very exciting place so join your local society and be involved in the fun!

Can you provide us with a memorable patient?

I have recently developed a passion for myopia control. Pathological myopia is truly an epidemic and needs our immediate attention. In China and Korea, over 90% of children are myopic. In America, we are approaching 50%. Currently at Kaiser, we are prescribing atropine, bifocals, and/or ortho-k lenses. It is a relatively new service for us and I am starting to see returning patients. My most memorable patient so far is a child who wears CRT lenses nightly. He showed myopia progression of -0.50 to -1.00 diopters every year until his first full year of CRT use. He was excited to be able to see clearly throughout the day without any correction, played sports, and had a huge smile on his face. His mom was also happy that we stopped his myopia progression. In fact his mom was so happy with his outcome that she decided to get ortho K herself!

Check out Dr. Ngo’s contribution to educating parents on the importance of pediatric eye exams at http://www.dadswhodiaper.com/2015/08/8-simple-ways-to-protect-your-childrens-eyesight/.




Sarah Blackwelder, OD

OCOS Public Relations

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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 students, general support staff (intake, runners, chart holders) to help us on this day.
Please see flyer above for more details.
Lastly, we ask that you please pass this post along to any colleagues or friends who may be interested in helping us.
Thank you for your continued support,
Sapphira Ha and Sam Hahn
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Community Service: 2016 Central-West County Health Expo



EVENT:  Central-West County Health Expo will provide free eye exams and new prescription glasses to over 500 homeless and low income patients. Need volunteer help from optometrists, opticians & students

DATE:  Saturday October 29th & Sunday October 30th

LOCATION:  Concorde Career College

TIMES:  Morning, afternoon and all day shifts (see flyer for times)

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Sam Hahn – vision@ifhomeless.org


Community Service: Central-West County Vision Expo


Volunteer eye care specialists are needed for the Central-West County Vision Expo in OC.

This event will be hosted by Senator Janet Nguyen and the Central County & Illumination Foundation.

Click Here to View the Official PDF Flyer 

DATE:  Saturday, October 24th

LOCATION:  Concorde College 12951 Euclid St Garden Grove, CA 92840

TIMES:  8:30 – 12:30 OR 12:00 – 4:00

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  centralcountyexpo@gmail.com or (714) 741 – 1034

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Optometrist Needed: Kids Vision Fest in Santa Ana (Compensation Available)

Kids Vision for Life strives to accomplish the mission of eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. They are looking for awesome optometrists who would be willing to work at their next local event.

EVENT:  Kids Vision Fest in Santa Ana.  There is funding to pay optometrists to work that day. The rate is $55/ hour. 

DATES:  Thursday April 30th 2015 & Friday May 1st 2015

LOCATION:  Lincoln Elementary School in Santa Ana

TIMES:  8:00am to 3:00pm

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:   Sam Hahn, Area Program Leader of Kids Vision for Life OC at kidsvisionforlifeoc@gmail.com or phone (949) 338-9340 

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Community Service: South County Outreach Vision Screening

EVENT:  South County Outreach vision screening for the low income and homeless. Looking for either 3 optometrists to volunteer the full day or 6 optometrists to volunteer for half of the day.

DATE:  Saturday, May 16, 2015

LOCATION:  South County Outreach Center – 7 Whatney, Irvine, CA 92618 

TIMES:  8:30 am until 4:00 pm

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Bev Miller, OD - millrose13@gmail.com

Learn about the California Vision Foundation (CVF)

The California Vision Foundation (CVF) is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income and uninsured families throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and low cost glasses.

One in five non elderly Californians – approximately 6.3 million children and adults – lack health insurance.

California’s own Los Angeles County has some of the worst rates of  uninsured in the nation with a total of 2.2 million people lacking health care coverage.

Originally it was Vision USA and was a part of the AOA.  But after changing to the California Vision Foundation, COA took control of operations and started to provide examinations year-round.

Thanh Mai, OD


Community Service: Vision Volunteers Needed for Central County Health Expo

Volunteer eye care specialists (eye doctors, technicians, opticians & support staff) are needed for the Central County Health Expo serving the homeless & low-income families in OC.

We need 10-15 Optometrists. If we can’t get volunteers, we will have to turn away thousands of seniors, adults and children. We need your HELP !!

EVENT:  The 5th Annual Health Expo and Senior Resource Fair

DATE:  Saturday, October 11th

LOCATION:  Concorde College 12951 Euclid St Garden Grove, CA 92840

TIMES:  8am-4pm (various volunteer shift times available)

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Jackie Lim: JLim@ifhomeless.org (949) 273-0555 ext 402

Scott Weimer : scott@weimerandassociates.com


Optometrist Needed: Vision Screening Event @ Fort Irwin (Compensation Available)

Military children do not have glasses benefits. Come help Kids Vision for Life and VSP give back to families of those who serve our country!

EVENT:  Kids Vision for Life and VSP sponsored vision clinic.  There is funding to pay optometrists to work that day. The rate is $55/ hour plus reimbursement for mileage

DATES:  Saturday, October 25, 2014

LOCATION:  Fort Irwin Military Base

TIMES:  10:00 am until 4:00 pm

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:   Sam Hahn, Area Program Leader of Kids Vision for Life OC at kidsvisionforlifeoc@gmail.com or phone his cellphone (949) 338-9340 

For More Information: Click here



Community Service: Veteran’s Stand Down Event – Sept 26-27

Hello OCOS Members! Feel like giving back to those in need in your community?

Part of the OCOS public relations mission is to promote charitable events to help those in need. We are looking for volunteer Optometrists to serve.  Due to the security measures required for the Army Reserve Center, this screening  has a deadline of  August 29th for participant commitments.  We use the Lions District Sight and Hearing Van which is equipped with a slit lamp, auto refractor, tonometer, as well as an ophthalmoscope and retina scope.

There is an expectation that at least 250 Veterans will go through Health and Vision screenings during this event.  The sponsors are the members of the Harbor Mesa Lions Club with the Lions District 4L4 Sight and Hearing Van.

EVENT:  The 4th Annual Veterans Stand Down, complete information can be found on their website, OCStandDown.org

DATES:  Friday and Saturday, September 26th- 27th

LOCATION:  The Tustin Army Reserve Center located at the intersection of Jamboree and Barranca next to The District Shopping Center.

TIMES:  8:00 am until 4:00 pm with Volunteers doing 3 hour shifts of either 8:00 am – 11:00 am,  or 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, or1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Lion Joan Parks: joanrparks@hotmail.com or 949-422-4133

They are really in need of doctors for Friday and for Saturday morning, but any help you can offer would be appreciated!

Thank you,
Thanh Mai OD

OCOS Public Relations