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ICO announces new vision and aging center, appointment of president as medical adviser

September 11, 2012

The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) announced the founding of the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging, a new facility devoted to the vision care needs of the aging population.

The center, located within the Illinois Eye Institute on the ICO campus, will ultimately have four essential functions: to promote optometry students’ and practitioners’ increased knowledge and understanding of the inter-relatedness of aging and vision care; to provide vision care, counseling and support services for older adults and underserved communities in and around Chicago; to develop ongoing relationships with selected geriatric care facilities in the Chicago area for education and patient care services; and to sponsor vision-related geriatric research.

The center honors Alfred Rosenbloom, O.D., DOS, and his wife, Sarah. Dr. Rosenbloom served as dean of ICO from 1955 to 1972, president from 1972 to 1982, and remains a distinguished professor emeritus. He was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2010 and continues to be a leader in the optometric profession.

ICO President Arol Augsburger, O.D., said the Rosenbloom Center is an exciting addition to the school.

“To have a prominent ICO alumnus and his wife – and a former president of ICO – make such a significant leadership gift to ICO is transforming for the institution,” he said. “ICO will soon be the only optometric institution with a Center on Vision and Aging. This will emphasize and highlight our leadership position in optometry.”

ICO also announced the appointment of Dr. Augsburger to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG). The Under Secretary for Health Robert Petzel, M.D., made the appointment. Dr. Augsburger was nominated for the committee last fall by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, in consultation with the AOA.

“Dr. Augsburger is joining very elite company,” said former ICO president and past director of the VA’s Optometry Service Charles Mullen, O.D.

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