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Students work and learn at eye care center

Students work and learn at eye care center

Student interns get hands-on learning while attending to local residents.

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) recently dedicated $8 million to open Bowden Eye Care and Health Center, a 30,000 square foot facility located on San Antonio’s East Side (East Commerce and Walters).

The center is offering much-needed services to residents in the area. To date, Bowden Eye Care and Health Center has offered service to over 500 residents, who pay on a sliding income-based scale. Patients who qualify may even receive eye glasses for less than $50.

The University of the Incarnate Word plans to partner with St. Phillip’s College (which is located almost one block away) and offer educational learning opportunities for its students at the same facility. The university even plans to hire staff members from the East Side.

For students interested in the optometry program, UIW offers both a bachelor’s degree in vision science and a four-year doctor of optometry program and allows both interns and optometrists to offer eye care services at their new facility.

Read more about this story at mysanantonio.com.
Learn more about UIW’s Vision Science program.
Learn more about St. Philip’s College.

Submitted by: Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Student Ambassador

Photo Courtesy: Helen L. Montoya / San Antonio Express-News