Southern College of Optometry Eye Health and Vision Clinic Opens at University of Memphis


, Tenn.— Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has opened a full-service vision clinic at the University of Memphis (U of M). The clinic, named University Eye Care, will offer comprehensive pediatric and adult primary eyecare to U of M students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

University Eye Care will be staffed by five optometric physicians with additional support from student interns. Services will include eye examinations, contact lens fitting and ocular disease management, along with designer eyewear and contact lens dispensing. Most major medical insurance plans will be accepted, SCO said.

SCO has also created the Tiger Eye Care Program which will offer affordable vision care to students and their families who do not have vision coverage. Packages are available for both eyecare services and optical materials and range from $35 to $169.

“This has been in the works for more than three years,” said Dr. James Venable, vice president for clinical programs at SCO. “We have worked closely with the medical director and staff at U of M Student Health Services to facilitate referrals of urgent eye health conditions, and our goal was to expand those services to include primary care. We have realized that goal with University Eye Care.”

Dr. Richard Phillips, president of SCO, said, “This is a wonderful partnership. We look forward to bringing top-notch eyecare to the U of M community.”