The Optometric Profession Loses an Icon; The College of Optometry Loses a Beloved “Relative”

When I first arrived in St. Louis in 1982, this city was nicknamed the “Contact Lens Capital of the U.S.”  There were five very good reasons for this: Jack Hartstein, OD, MD (likely the only ophthalmologist to author multiple books on contact lenses and a scleral lens fitter at age 90), Jim Gordon, MD (an … Continue reading The Optometric Profession Loses an Icon; The College of Optometry Loses a Beloved “Relative”

Persistence and Love: The Story of Patrick Stifter

In our lifetime we all will achieve numerous accomplishments, often improving the quality of life of others through vision.  However, what about receiving a full-ride scholarship to a very prestigious southern university which has won five NCAA Division I football championships in the last nine years?  Or better yet, saving the lives of no less … Continue reading Persistence and Love: The Story of Patrick Stifter

A Leader in Iraq and Korea, Jeff Stewart (’22) Begins His Optometric Journey at UMSL

His story is very compelling and uplifting.  He grew up poor in rural California.  He had to repeat third grade as the result of an undiagnosed vision problem which also resulted in his reading at only a 6thgrade level when he entered high school. He then proceeded to drop out of high school to support himself … Continue reading A Leader in Iraq and Korea, Jeff Stewart (’22) Begins His Optometric Journey at UMSL

Welcome (back) to UMSL: New Faculty Member Dr. Coral Pucci

The College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Coral Pucci (’17) as Assistant Clinical Professor. For Dr. Pucci, what started as a desire to go into marine biology and marine veterinary medicine evolved into specializing in disease as an OD. In her undergraduate studies, she had to learn about large, agricultural animals and didn’t … Continue reading Welcome (back) to UMSL: New Faculty Member Dr. Coral Pucci