2014 Alumni Reunion - Friday, June 27, 2014 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Jenny Myung Shin
Mary Ann Skirpan
Pamela De Annis
In the fall the University announced the establishment of the John Whitener Family Scholarship, to be awarded annually to an outstanding optometry student or optometrist who is completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Salus.
James Deom, Salus University PCO Class of 2014, is the first recipient of the scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship was established by John C. Whitener, OD, MPH, in memory of his parents.
A former Salus PCO adjunct faculty member and member of the advisory board that helped to create the MPH program at Salus, Dr. Whitener worked in the AOA (American Optometric Association) Washington, DC office for many years, interacting with government agencies and optometric organizations on behalf of the profession. In addition to his service with the AOA, Dr. Whitener has also been actively involved in the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Whitener was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in 2011.
Hafter Center Is Seven
October 13 was the official birthday of the Hafter Student Community Center, named in honor of PCO alumnus the late Martin Hafter, OD and his wife, Florence. Formally opened on that date in 2006, the Center has become much more than a fitness and sports center and student meeting place.
The most common clinical measurement of visual function is visual acuity, measured by means of a Snellen chart. Recently, its use has been expanded not only to measure visual acuity, but also to measure the progress of disease or the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. In a test-retest mode however, the main difficulty with a Snellen chart is the lack of a precise scoring system. Traditional line-by-line scoring typically requires only that 50-80% of the letters in a line be identified correctly in order to score a successful reading of the entire line. Thus, the variability in line-by-line scoring is inherently high. When letter-by-letter scoring (which inherently has a lower variability) is used, test-retest visual acuity measurements are known to be - up to a factor of two - more precise.
We have developed a unique method of scoring Snellen chart responses through the use of LogMAR transformations that account for each letter read. The final, cumulative letter-by-letter LogMAR value is converted into an effective Snellen fraction. The mathematical processes are embedded in an EXCEL-based tool and are transparent to the practicing clinician. This letter-by-letter, LogMAR-based, scoring tool is available from this web site. In addition, the tool has a similar ETDRS spread sheet for those who use ETDRS charts.
We have designed this tool for clinicians, who are untrained in LogMAR use, so that they can: 1) apply these visual acuity data as a refined diagnostic tool, 2) assess progression of eye disease, or 3) quantify the efficacy of treatment of certain pathological eye conditions with greater precision. Potentially, this tool has broad applications for clinicians who, for a variety of reasons, have been hesitant to incorporate LogMAR principles into their clinical patient databases. Moreover, this tool has possible beneficial medico-legal implications. It could protect clinicians who are struggling to quantify visual performance in a manner that is: a) subtle enough to have scientific credibility, b) sufficiently established to supply a defensible metric acceptable to scientists worldwide, and c) robust enough to stand up in courts of law.
Snellen Chart Scoring Aid
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