Pacific University optometry students continue to help provide eye care to the underserved, using the EyeVan and working in tandem with partners like OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute and the Oregon Lions Foundation.
While myopia is a common and treatable condition, researchers are concerned about how many more people are nearsighted today than in relatively recent years.
Any parent who learns about the growth of myopia cases, and of their possible effects, has a simple, urgent question: How can I tell if my child has myopia?
Prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most common treatment for myopia.
People are diagnosed with myopia every day. But the implications of that diagnosis may vary widely. In most cases, the condition is easily treated, as with a pair of prescription eyeglasses. But other cases, if allowed to progress, may be more alarming.
The human eye is a marvel of precision biology. And like any finely tuned device, or organ, it can get out of tune. When the eyeball works perfectly, light enters through the pupil and cornea and is focused on the back wall of the eyeball, known as the retina. The retina, sensitive to light, conveys the image to the brain for processing.
An innovative gift to Pacific helped link outreach efforts in optometry and dental hygiene, creating interprofessional care opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience while meeting the critical needs of our communities.
Pacific University College of Optometry Professor Tad Buckingham '92, OD '94, also the college's clinical attending doctor and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Division Chief, has spent several wildfire seasons on the front lines, both battling blazes and helping those experiencing vision problems resulting from smoke exposure.
Pacific's new EyeSmile program partners the colleges of optometry and health professions, allowing students to practice their skills while taking their care into local communities with brand new mobile eye care and dental care clinics.
Pacific University EyeClinics encourage anyone experiencing eye discomfort or noticeable vision changes in the days and even weeks following Monday's eclipse to seek care.