Join us on Thursday, August 27, 2015 between 4:30 and 6:30 pm to learn more. We will be highlighting our children’s vision services to include our low vision specialists, our agency partners, and Springfield’s new pediatric ophthalmologist! We look forward to seeing you there.
Douglas has a 40 year business career yielding experience in almost every aspect, and at every level, of the healthcare technology product design and product commercialization processes. In 1990, his then five- year-old son, Leif, went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. Routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. Douglas was concerned by the limited capability of diagnostic tools available to clinicians. Over the coming years he built a dedicated research team to look into the problem which in turn led to the formation of Optos plc. Optos developed the world’s first ophthalmic device capable of producing a single, high-resolution, ultra-widefield image of the retina. The new method of examining the retina, optomap®, is now offered by over 7000 eyecare professionals who have conducted over 46 million optomap retinal exams, worldwide.
Optos is dedicated to providing the only clinically validated retinal imaging technologies which enable eyecare professionals to see more, diagnose more, and treat more diseases earlier thus saving sight and saving lives. Our vision is to become the Retina Company.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists presents Dining In the Dark, Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at University Plaza Hotel
VRCO is excited to bring a new dining experience to the Springfield community. The goal of this unique evening, Dining in the Dark, is to raise awareness of the visually impaired. This evening event is a unique sensory awareness experience that gives an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of those with vision impairment. The event includes a cocktail hour, a masked dinner and an afterglow program with a live auction.
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On 10/22/2013 The Springfield, MO Alumnae Association Delta Gamma hosted a Bunco fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks Children’s Vision Services. Delta Gamma raised over $2000.00! Thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to Delta Gamma!!!
On 10/30/2013 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Aundrayah Shermer and Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blind Skills Specialist for Missouri State University, will be presenting on Techniques for Conducting Vision Screening with Student who have Disabilities. The training will be held at Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks, 1661 W. Elfindale ST, Springfield. This informational workshop will focus on the unique needs of students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Participants will gain knowledge regarding common visual impairments in children and the impact of vision loss on learning. In addition, a discussion of the unique needs of students with low vision and cortical visual impairment will be described. Some students with additional disabilities do not benefit from traditional vision screening techniques. Strategies to conduct vision screening in both distance and near will be described and practiced during this presentation. This training was made possible by a Sight First Grant from Lions Club International.
The VRCO’s 2nd Annual Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet was a huge success! More than 180 people were in attendance to celebrate the people whose lives have been touched by the services at VRCO. Jennifer Rothschild, local author and inspirational speaker, shared her own story about how the “heroes” in her life helped her along the way. One of her heroes was VRCO’s own board member, Randy Custer. He was able to connect her with services so that she could learn to use “talk to text” technology to be able to write her books! VRCO wants to continue to be the “hero” for future “Jennifers!”
VRCO and the Queens City Lions Club hosted their 12th Annual Sight Saving Scramble at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club on 10/25/2013. Proceeds from the Sight Saving Scramble benefited the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks to purchase low vision devices such as magnifiers, telescopes, canes, readers, etc. for people without financial resources to purchase these independent living aids. Congratulations to our winners:
First Place Team: James Huff, Jason Cruse, Levi Patterson, and Steven Guai, sponsored by Great Southern Bank
Longest Putt Made: Kim Pilkington 18’4”
Longest Drive: Scott Leven
Closest to Pin: Scott Leven 13’
2013 Winning team
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