During 2020, instead of celebrating the year of vision, 20/20, we spent the year reinventing the UAB School of Optometry experience in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The year challenged all of us in ways we could never have imagined. However, our UABSO family and the UAB community demonstrated extraordinary resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, and kindness throughout it all.


 

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The impact of COVID-19: rapid change and innovation

The impact of COVID-19: rapid change and innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be challenging for the UAB School of Optometry. Because this was an unprecedented situation, the school experienced rapid change and disruptions that affected our students, faculty, staff, residents, and patients. The silver lining is that the necessary change ushered in new approaches to classroom education, clinical education and patient care.

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UABSO welcomes largest class in its history

UABSO welcomes largest class in its history

With 60 new students and two returning students, the UAB School of Optometry’s class of 2024 is the largest class in the school’s 51-year history.

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Vision Science student sets her sights on outer space

Vision Science student sets her sights on outer space

Jessica Jasien, PhD, a summer graduate from the Vision Science Graduate Program, set her sights high after graduation.

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Pate named 2020 AOA Optometric Educator of the Year

Pate named 2020 AOA Optometric Educator of the Year

A UAB School of Optometry faculty member was named the American Optometric Association (AOA) Optometric Educator of the Year for the third time in less than five years. Caroline Pate, OD, FAAO, was the 2020 recipient of the award.

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A mother’s journey: Diagnosed as blind, baby receives thorough care, hopeful future

A mother’s journey: Diagnosed as blind, baby receives thorough care, hopeful future

Twin sisters Mary and Emily are fighters! The girls were born at 36 weeks and contracted a brain infection caused by parechovirus at three weeks old. When the girls were six months old their mother, Tara Monk, noticed her babies weren’t hitting their vision development milestones at the same time.

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Dr. Jason Nichols honored for COVID-19 Papers

Dr. Jason Nichols honored for COVID-19 Papers

The American Public Health Association (APHA) recognized Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, UAB associate vice president for research and professor at the UAB School of Optometry, with its 2020 Vision Care Section (VCS) Outstanding Scientific Paper Award.

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