To further support the advancement of the education of students at the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) at Ferris State University, CooperVision has donated funds to The Ferris Foundation to provide scholarships and training for those with an interest in myopia management.
The five-year financial commitment is an expansion of CooperVision’s long-standing collaboration with MCO, which spans many years. For nearly a decade, CooperVision has offered contact lens education and fitting experiences to students through Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education (STAPLE) workshops and other educational events on campus, and MCO has been an active partner in CooperVision’s Adopt-A-Patient program, which enables students to gift an annual supply of contact lenses to a well-deserving, low-income patient in their community.
CooperVision’s financial contribution will be used to fund student scholarships to benefit several recipients each year who have shown interest in and firmly embraced myopia management. In addition, CooperVision has committed funding for one of the classrooms in the Michigan College of Optometry building. This comprehensive approach further enables contact lens education, with a focus on providing opportunities for students to learn how to treat patients with myopia, as well as myopia management for children.
“We take great pride in the educational opportunities we have helped make available to MCO students over the years, as this helps them to better prepare for their future careers as practitioners,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President of Professional & Government Affairs, Americas, CooperVision. “As the prevalence of childhood myopia continues to rise, it is imperative that today’s optometry students enter the field with knowledge on how to effectively treat and manage the condition.”