Partnership will Open Doors to Adopt-a-PatientSM Program
CooperVision, Inc. has announced that it is collaborating with the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) to raise awareness of the company’s Adopt-a-Patient SM program. The initiative is focused on optometry students across the United States, giving them an opportunity to develop clinical experience while helping people who need vision correction and care in communities near participating “We share a fundamental interest in ensuring that optometry students have the best opportunities to learn,” said Devin Sasser of the University of Missouri -St. Louis College of Optometry, who becomes AOSA president later this month. “The possibilities that stem from CooperVision’s Adopt-a-Patient program are invaluable and instrumental in growing future “With AOSA stepping forward, together we can continue to enhance optometry students’ education in a clinical environment,” said Mark Andre, F.A.A.O., director of academic affairs for CooperVision. “The collaboration supports our goal to reach more students and inform them about the Adopt-a-Patient program. It will give the practitioners of tomorrow new, real-world clinical opportunities, working with patients who otherwise couldn’t afford vision correction and AOSA will create a featured page regarding the Adopt-a-Patient program on its website, will publish an article featuring the program in its national magazine, Foresight, give the program presence on its Facebook page, and offer program administrative support.
The Adopt-a-Patient program, which started in 2007, allows primarily third- and fourth-year optometry students to gain clinical experience by examining and fitting eligible patients in CooperVision’s contact lenses, and providing them with follow up care. Patients receive a complimentary year’s supply of their prescribed lenses from CooperVision. Vision Service Plan According to students, the program is much more than free contact lenses; it’s about improving lives. They have found participants who are struggling in school, or feel restricted in their ability to play sports because of the limitations of glasses, or even have been teased for wearing glasses. The students’ ability to enhance lives by providing contact lenses not only reinforces clinical principles, but also helps them see the life-changing power of the profession.
Optometry school students and faculty who want to take part can email Mark Andre (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.