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    What you missed at AOA 2017


    Students from Illinois College of Optometry Celebrate Winning the 2017 Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (Photo courtesy of Essilor)


    ICO earns bragging rights in Essilor Optometry Student Bowl

    Dallas—Students from 24 schools and colleges of optometry answered optometry-related questions while their classmates cheered them on while wearing war paint and school colors and displaying banners during the 26th annual Optometry Student Bowl, sponsored by Essilor.

    In addition to bragging rights, the winning school, Illinois College of Optometry, took home $1,000 and a crystal trophy, renamed the “Ventura Cup” last year to honor Danne Ventura, FAAO, one of the event’s founders.

    Related: In the pipeline: What’s new and what’s coming in optometry technology

    The winning question: You are performing retinoscopy on a baby’s aphakic eye using loose trial lenses at a working distance of 40 cm. Your result is +22.50 DS at a vertex distance of 10 mm. What soft contact lens power should be ordered?

    Answer: +25.00 D, provided by Taylor Harris, ICO class of 2018. Stephen Shawler, Dr. Howard Purcell, Dr. Janelle Routhie, Danne Ventura & Dr. Ryan Parker celebrate with the first, second and third place winners of the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (photo courtesy of Essilor)

    Second-place winner Fernando Elias from the New England College of Optometry, received $750, and third-place winner Brennen Yaquinto from The Ohio State University received $500. 

    Each Student Bowl contestant received a Volk Pan Retinal 2.2 blue ringed lens.

    Additional awards included: 

    · Spirit Award: University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL), which will create next year’s rules video 

    · Virtual Spirit Award: tie between: Kentucky College of Optometry and Northeastern State University at Oklahoma 

    · American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) T-shirt design: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS) 

    Up next: AOA launches health policy institute to advance profession 


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