Optometry

Texas State Optical Elects Peña as Chairman and Five New Board Members

Dr. Benny Peña.​ HOUSTON—Texas State Optical (TSO), a member-owned cooperative consisting of more than 120 optical locations across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, has announced the results of its recent election of directors and board officers. Dr. Benny Peña of Fredericksburg, Texas, was elected chairman of the TSO board, according to the announcement earlier this week. Other newly elected board members are: Dr. Alexander Chen of Houston, Dr. Jon House of Bryan, Texas; Dr. Reid Robertson of Allen, Texas, and Dr. Jonathan Sher of McKinney, Texas. In addition, Dr. Mark Wright, president of Pathways to Success and professional editor of Review…


COPE’s Continuing Education Accreditation System Earns High Rating Following ACCME Review

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The continuing education, or CE, accreditation system used by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education, or COPE, has been deemed as “substantially equivalent” to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) CME accreditation system following an intensive voluntary review process by ACCME, according to an announcement by COPE earlier this week. The ACCME “substantially equivalent” rating is “on par with ACCME’s gold standard,” a COPE official told VMail in a telephone interview. COPE was established in 1993 by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) to accredit continuing education on behalf of optometric licensing boards for the…


British Columbia Optometrist Elected President of Canadian Association of Optometrists

Michael Dennis, OD.​ OTTAWA, Ontario—The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recently elected Michael Dennis, OD, as the new president of the association. Dennis served on the board of the College of Optometrists and is a past president of the British Columbia Doctors of Optometry, according to the CAO. He also was the British Columbia provincial representative to the CAO Council, and spent four years on CAO Council prior to becoming president. A graduate of McMaster University, where he obtained his BSc in biology, Dennis was accepted to the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry, and graduated with his OD in…


Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation to Award Student Scholarships and Grants

ST. LOUIS— Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation announced recently that it is now accepting applications for five scholarship opportunities for optometry student members of the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association. The value of the scholarships available for 2017-18 total more than $30,000, according to AOA. The scholarships and their value are: • Vision West Inc. scholarship for InfantSEE – First-place: $7,500 for a third-year student, runner-up: $3,000 for a third-year student. There is an essay and video requirement. Vision West Inc., a leading national eyecare group purchasing organization (GPO) offering optometric business services to its…


University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry Names Karpecki to Faculty

Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO.​ PIKEVILLE, Ky.—The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) announced this week that Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO, has joined the faculty as an assistant clinical professor. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery in Kansas City in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University). He previously served as the director of corneal services for The Advanced Ocular Surface Disease Center and Research at Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington, Ky., as well as the ocular surface disease clinic for…