Halloween is coming and there is always plenty of scary goings on for eye care practitioners. One of the scariest is decorative or “circle” contact lenses. This time of year, they pop up like pumpkins in costume stores and online, and you don’t need a prescription to buy them - your credit card will do. A quick Google search for “Halloween contact lenses” yielded three costume shops and an online seller in my area on the first of 19 pages of results. I started the purchasing process online for one of the shops and the online seller, and in both cases, got all the way to the checkout without having to verify my prescription. Terrifying!
Building an optician program at the college level is multi-faceted. The Vision Care Technology (VCT) program at Goodwin College in Connecticut has graduated three cohorts of students. In the scheme of things, we are still a new program. Before I entered academia, cohort was not part of my lexicon. I have always been interested in words and their origin. I recall looking up the word “cohort” when I started because I wasn’t 100% certain of what it meant. When hired, I was told that we would be accepting a new cohort of students each fall semester. A cohort is a group of people banded together. The word is originally derived from Roman military.