Regional Campus Laredo to hold ‘vision as we age’ event April 6

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LAREDO (April 1, 2019) ― The community is invited to learn about vision changes that occur in aging at a free event Saturday, April 6, at the UT Health San Antonio’s Regional Campus Laredo.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., more than 15 community partners will offer general health information, tips for healthy living and hands-on demonstrations. Activities include information on good oral hygiene, free pulmonary function tests, free glucose and cholesterol tests, and a demonstration of Tai Chi.

Low-vision optometrist and occupational therapist to speak

At 10:30 a.m., Regional Dean Gladys Keene, M.D., will welcome guest speakers Jacqueline Y. Chan, O.D., FAAO, and Melva Perez Andrews, M.B.A., OT, CLVT, from UT Health San Antonio. They will give a presentation on “How to adjust to vision changes as we age.”

Jacqueline Y. Chan, O.D., FAAO
Jacqueline Y. Chan, O.D., FAAO, is an optometrist and low-vision expert at UT Health San Antonio.

Dr. Chan is an optometrist and low-vision expert. In addition to offering comprehensive eye exams at the Ophthalmology Clinic of UT Health San Antonio, she is director of the Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of Texas. The center is located on the UT Health San Antonio campus at 8403 Floyd Curl Drive. With experience in hospitals and private practice, Dr. Chan has expertise in low vision, vision therapy, eye diseases and routine eye care.

Dr. Chan also is a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology and holds the Nancy Smith Hurd Endowed Chair for Low Vision Research at UT Health San Antonio. She teaches clinical practice and vision rehabilitation to ophthalmology residents, medical residents and medical students. She became a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry in 2016.

Melva Perez Andrews, M.B.A., OT, CLVT
Melva Perez Andrews, M.B.A., OT, CLVT, is a low-vision occupational therapist at UT Health San Antonio.

Andrews is an occupational therapist and certified low-vision therapist who also works at the Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of Texas. The adjunct clinical assistant professor has more than 25 years’ experience assessing and treating patients with neurological impairments and has worked for 15 years with older adults with low vision. Her teaching focus is on low vision and vision rehabilitation.

This seminar in is part of the free annual “Stay Healthier Longer” series presented each spring by the Regional Campus Laredo.

For more information, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/agingc2019, call (956) 523-7400 or email laredocampus@uthscsa.edu.

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