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A group of 36 SCO students, nine staff doctors and several alumni recently participated in the Special Olympics "Opening Eyes" Vision Screening at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The group provided vision screenings to 190 athletes.
The program, which began 14 years ago at the Special Olympics Tennessee state games, is now a part of Special Olympics International. To date, clinicians from the profession have staffed more than 33,000 such clinics worldwide!
"Of all the service opportunities available to optometry students, the 'Opening Eyes' Vision Screening program is not only one of the most organized, but also one of the most rewarding," said Nora Lee Cothran, '13, ssTAOP President.
"Thank you very much to all of the student volunteers who participated," said Dr. Mike Dorkowski, who assisted at the event.
"This was by far the strongest participation in the 14 years that the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians has been involved in the program. The vast majority of the evaluations were performed by the students who worked exceptionally hard. If you see someone wearing a Special Olympics pin, please thank them for their immense efforts. I was exceptionally proud to be a small part of the program, and was humbled by your efforts. Thanks for all of your hard work."