Response to COVID-19
Berkeley Optometry’s clinic is open and providing eye care services. Our 3rd and 4th year students have returned to on-site clinical training; our research faculty continue to lead efforts to mobilize scientists around the globe in an urgent quest to find innovative ways to test and treat COVID-19; and we have developed detailed safety measures to keep our patients and our school community safe.
Keeping Our School Community Safe
Berkeley Optometry has taken measures to keep our patients, students, faculty, and staff healthy.
Clinic is Open for Eye Care Services
Our campus eye care clinic is ramping up from urgent, emergent and on call essential care to include routine care with in person as well as Telehealth appointments.
Message from the Dean
Message from Dean Flanagan regarding the return of 3rd and 4th year students to clinical learning, and resumption of the full spectrum of eye care services.
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From Our Faculty
Professor Fleiszig Receives Grant for COVID Research
Dr. Fleiszig has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, “Relationship between COVID-19 and the Eye.” Her collaborative team of co-investigators include Eva Harris, PhD; University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and Abby Kroken, PhD; University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.
COVID-19 and the Eye
Dr. Suzanne Fleiszig, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at UC Berkeley, presents a lecture on COVID-19 and the Eye. The lecture is part of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry’s Online Continuing Education program.
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Fighting Back Against Coronavirus Misinformation
UC Berkeley Professor of Vision Science Hany Farid is launching a major survey of people in United States and Western Europe to determine how far COVID-19 misinformation has penetrated the population.
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Mobilizing Scientists to Combat COVID-19
Berkeley Optometry’s Dr. Suzanne Fleiszig is leading efforts to mobilize scientists around the globe in an urgent quest to find innovative ways to test and treat COVID-19.
Optometry Global Break Room
Berkeley Optometry Assistant Clinical Professor Sarah Kochik has set up an Optometry Global Break Room on Zoom. The idea is that optometric educators and researchers of the world can join in anytime to talk about eyes, vision, remote teaching, or bits of #covidkindness from your community.
Optometry Global Break Room
Protecting Your Eyes from COVID-19
Recommendations from Berkeley Wellness and Kenneth A. Polse, OD, a professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.
Berkeley Wellness Tip
Eye Care Clinic
Ramping Up Telehealth
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Berkeley Optometry is now offering Telehealth video appointments. Within two weeks of the first shelter-in-place order, we were able to offer our first Telehealth appointment. So far, we have been able to consult with patients in our low vision, dry eye, and contact lens clinics; provide ocular disease care, sports vision, vision therapy and binocular vision evaluation; and provide urgent care triage.
Class of 2020 to purchase PPE for Clinic Colleagues
In a gesture that demonstrates the admiration, respect, and concern felt for their colleagues, the class of 2020 will direct their $5,000 year-end gift to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for attending doctors, residents, eyewear specialists, and clinic staff.
Keeping Colleagues Healthy
COVID-19 Resources for Alumni
The impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic are being keenly felt by small businesses across the country. No more so than with optometrists. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a short list of resources that we hope will be helpful for our alums during this difficult time.