VISION CARE, GLASSES AVAILABLE FROM
UH FOR HURRICANE EVACUEES
College of Optometry Sees Need to Expand Services to Storm Victims
HOUSTON, Sept. 9, 2005 – From replacement glasses to critical
eye care, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO)
is extending services to Louisiana and Mississippi evacuees displaced
by Hurricane Katrina.
The University Eye Institute (UEI) is asking those in need of eye
and vision care to contact them as soon as possible to make an appointment.
“With the generosity of our corporate and philanthropic partners,
we are now in a position to deliver virtually every service at our
disposal at no charge,” said Earl L. Smith, dean of UHCO.
“During the past week, the UEI has set up a presence at both
Reliant Park and the George R. Brown Convention center. However,
these facilities are designed to serve only people who are residents
of those facilities,” said Nick Holdeman, UEI executive director
and chief of medical services. “To ensure we are in a position
to serve everyone impacted by this storm, we felt it necessary to
make sure all evacuees knew there was a place they could go to receive
high-quality eye and vision care.”
To take advantage of this offer, patients only need to provide
a valid ID from either Louisiana or Mississippi to be eligible.
“We know there are people out there who need eye and vision
care at this time,” said Smith. “Some may only need
a replacement set of glasses while others may need more critical
eye care. In either case, we are here to help and will do whatever
we can to work with those in need.”
To take advantage of this offer, patients are encouraged to contact
the UEI, located on the UH campus in the J. Armistead building,
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research
and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers
and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate,
civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university
in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and
service with more than 35,000 students.
About the UH College of Optometry
For more than 50 years, the University of Houston College of Optometry
(UHCO) has trained optometrists to provide the highest quality vision
and eye care. One of only 17 optometry schools in the United States,
the UHCO offers a variety of degree programs, including Doctor of
Optometry (O.D.), a combined Doctor of Optometry/Doctor of Philosophy
(O.D./Ph.D.), Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.). Located at the University of Houston, the UHCO consists
of 50 full-time faculty, 508 adjunct faculty and 76 full-time staff.
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