Public invited to grand opening celebration in The Round at Beaverton Central on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
The public is invited to join Pacific University’s College of Optometry and local dignitaries in Beaverton at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Beaverton Round to celebrate the grand opening of the College’s newest vision services center, one that features the world’s first 3D performance clinic.
Pacific EyeClinic Beaverton, located in The Round at Beaverton Central (12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 130), opened earlier this month and is the sixth full-service vision care clinic operated by the University. The grand opening celebration will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Pacific University President Lesley Hallick and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, as well as guided tours of the facility.
“The 3D Performance Eye Clinic at Beaverton is the first-ever clinic that specializes in diagnosing and managing the eye and health-related symptoms related to viewing 3D electronic displays,” said Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of Pacific’s Vision Performance Institute (VPI), a research arm of the College of Optometry.
Housed inside Pacific EyeClinic Beaverton, the 3D Performance Eye Clinic is equipped to diagnose and treat eye coordination problems that affect 3D vision. It employs state-of-the-art technology, including a movie theater for one, to measure the performance of binocular vision performance (both eyes working together).
“The virtual 3D environment provides many unique challenges to the visual system, including vision and vertigo-related symptoms,” said Sheedy said. “There is much yet to be known about the interaction between the human visual system and the virtual 3D environment created by 3D displays.”
Sheedy added, “The clinic offers treatment, including prismatic and 3D polarized prescriptions, which allow patients with 3D difficulties to comfortably view 3D as they never could before.”
In addition to Hallick and Doyle, other scheduled speakers include:
•American Optometric Association (AOA) President, Dr. Dori Carlson
•THX Ltd. Senior Vice President and 3D@Home Consortium Chair Rick Dean
•Intel Director of User Experience Philip Corriveau
•AOA Associate Director of Health Sciences and Policy, Dr. Michael Duenas
•Nike’s Global Research Director for Vision Science, Dr. Alan Reichow
•Pacific Optometry Dean, Dr. Jennifer Smythe
Dr. Sheedy said the VPI has worked closely with the AOA and the 3D@Home Consortium – a group of audio-video industry leaders – to explore public health issues associated with viewing 3D and to develop policies to ensure both the health and enjoyment of end users.
In addition to 3D vision treatment, Pacific EyeClinic Beaverton provides comprehensive eye services to patients, including primary care, contact lens fitting, treatment of eye infections, glaucoma and cataract management, visual field testing, retinal photography and imaging, and emergency eye care services.
Eye examinations are performed by University optometry students under the careful supervision of licensed optometrists who are also faculty members.
“The 3D Performance Eye Clinic is the first-ever clinic that specializes in diagnosing and managing the eye and health-related symptoms related to viewing 3D electronic displays,” said Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of Pacific’s Vision Performance Institute (VPI), a research arm of the College of Optometry.