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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.
Student working in the Dental Hygiene Van
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.
The Pacific University College of Optometry has been named the 2018 School of the Year by the National Optometric Association for its ongoing commitment to providing vision care to underserved populations. The NOA announced the honor at its annual convention, held July 13-15 in San Antonio. 
Practicing professional optometry students in the eye smile van.
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.
Dental Hygiene Students
Annual Give Kids A Smile event held Feb. 3 provided much-needed health services to area children.
Paula Kutzner smiling
Paula Kutzner OD '18 developed a school-based vision therapy program as part of her thesis for the Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning program. The innovative service was so successful that it will continue even though she's graduated.
Students working in the mobile EyeVan at Pacific
Pacific thanks supporters of ambitious effort to develop a new state-of-the-art vision care outreach vehicle at dedication ceremony on March 9.
Students working in the mobile EyeVan at Pacific
The Pacific University College of Optometry will dedicate its new EyeVan at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Parking Lot C. RSVP by email.
The grants support a scholarship for undergraduate students, as well as the replacement and expansion of the College of Optometry's mobile eye care unit.
A $50,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund will help the Pacific University College of Optometry expand its mobile services with a new EyeVan.