Community service has long been a core value for UTMB Health Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences doctors and staff. They live this value by volunteering to provide vision-saving medical services to the uninsured, participating in fund-raising events for organizations like the American Diabetes Association and sharing health information at health fairs and other events.
St. Vincent's House Eye Clinic
For more than a decade OVS eye specialists have volunteered their time to staff St. Vincent's House Eye Clinic, the only free eye specialty clinic for the uninsured in Galveston County.
Over the years, OVS faculty and residents have provided vision-saving eye care to hundreds of patients of all ages, according to Dr. Gibran Khurshid, the eye clinic's medical director.
World Glaucoma Week
OVS doctors raise awareness about glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, by providing free basic glaucoma screenings and information during World Glaucoma Week each March. Glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness, can be controlled with early diagnosis and treatment.
Spearheaded by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association, World Glaucoma Week is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness of glaucoma, a disease that affects 3-4 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide.
OVS doctors are available to speak on a wide range of eye health optics, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diseases of the retina and more. Call OVS Administration, (409) 747-5413, to schedule a speaker.
Walking to Stop Diabetes
OVS doctors and staff team up with other UTMB Health specialties to raise awareness and funds for organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
In November 2010, a team of almost 100 UTMB Health volunteers raised more than $2,100 in the ADA Step Out 3K walk in Seabrook. UTMB Health volunteers also manned a booth at the event to provide diabetes information and screenings.