Posted: Fullerton, CA, October 5, 2012
"In the Eyes of a Child," a presentation on children's vision will highlight the second annual Applebaum Symposium to be held at the Southern California College of Optometry on, Friday, October 19. The free symposium, sponsored by the College and VSP Global, will be presented by SCCO Professor Susan A. Cotter, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. The event will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m., at SCCO, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA. A reception will immediately follow.
"In the Eyes of a Child" will explore emerging developments in amblyopia, the most common cause of preventable vision loss in children. The program will include a discussion on:
- The role of vision screenings and eye examinations
- The partnering of optometry and ophthalmology in finding the most effective treatments
- Highlights of recent government funded research
- New developments and treatment strategies
- Innovative treatment modalities on the horizon
- Effect of age on treatment
The Applebaum Symposium's featured speaker, Dr. Susan Cotter teaches in SCCO's classroom and its Eye Care Center, and is active in clinical research. She's Vice Chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a clinical research network funded by the National Eye Institute to perform clinical investigations related to pediatric eye disease. Dr. Cotter presently serves on the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health and the American Optometric Association's Council on Research.
About the Southern California College of Optometry
Established in 1904, SCCO is a private, non-profit, educational institution dedicated to educating today's minds to provide tomorrow's eye, vision and health care. SCCO grants a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS). In August 2011, the College announced plans to start a Physician Assistant program – the first in Orange County – via a two-year graduate degree. The first Physician Assistant classes are anticipated to begin Fall 2014, pending provisional accreditation.
The College's superior clinical education program provides patient care experiences in community optometric clinics; exposure to the delivery of optometric care in multi-disciplinary settings; and experiences in practices serving a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic patient groups. SCCO owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers¬ – the Eye Care Center located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles located in south-central LA.
A special component of SCCO's educational program is community service. Annually, SCCO faculty and optometric interns provide eye and vision care to thousands of uninsured or underinsured children and adults in our local communities through collaborations with other nonprofit organizations.
About VSP Global
VSP Global is a complimentary group of leading companies, working together to meet and exceed the needs of eyecare professionals, clients, and more than 57 million members. Combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, VSP Global provides benefits, services, products, and solutions that are unparalleled in the optical industry.
VSP believes in making good on their long-time commitment to get involved and support the community. They invest time, money, and care into many charitable programs, including creating opportunities to educate people about the value of regular eyecare to overall health.
To date, through VSP community outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes and Sight for Students, and through relationships including those with the American Red Cross and Prevent Blindness America, VSP has invested more than $147 million in free eyecare and eyewear for close to 780,000 adults and children in need throughout the United States.
About the Applebaum Symposium
The Southern California College of Optometry received an endowment pledge of $200,000 from Dr. Morris and Arleen Applebaum. The gift pledge supports the Dr. Morris and Arleen Applebaum Lectureship Endowment and named an on-campus Pre-Clinic Lab in their honor.