Recently, a few members of ICO’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Club took a trip up to the Loop for a tour of Second Sense. Second Sense is an organization centered around working with those who are visually impaired. Located in the heart of the city and easily accessible for patients, this organization serves as an excellent source of continuity of care for low vision rehabilitation patients outside the clinic. #PCP #IllinoisCollegeofOptometry #chicago #ico #lowvision #optometry
As another academic year comes to a close, schedules for the first quarter of third year have been emailed out. Unlike the summer between first and second years, when students have the luxury of going home or taking exotic vacations, this summer will be a working one. My classmates and I will be attending class and we’ll also have three shifts in clinic, a continuation of the Patient Care Program we began this year. Our two Primary Care shifts will be similar to our experienc
Once classes resumed last month, my fellow second years and I began working in the IEI as student clinicians. Whereas last year we were flies on a wall, observing and admiring the skills of the upperclassmen, we’re now endeavoring to provide care in the PCP program ourselves. At the end of first year, we learned how to complete a gamut of entrance and problem-based tests, evaluate the posterior pole with direct ophthalmoscopy, and determine a patient’s distance prescription.
The vision screening took place on the campus of ICO’s neighbor, IIT, at the 10th annual Health, Fitness and Fun Fair, hosted by Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter. While we provided free vision screenings, other organizations provided health and wellness screenings, massages and haircuts. There was plenty of entertainment at the fair including dancing, a hula hoop contest and performances by the South Shore Drill Team and the Jesse White Tumblers. A balloon launch to salut
I have my practical in a week from now on performing BIO (binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy), three-mirror gonioscopy, Goldmann tonometry, and 78/90D (biomicroscopic indirect ophthalmoscopy). So like anyone else who has their practical this coming week (half the class), I had to go and sit as a patient, as well as make time to practice on other students. This awesome Monday, I had a pharmacology exam that I had to pull yet another all-nighter to study for (there were about 10