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VOTE for the next SVOS Board at the January General Meeting

Attend the January 20, 2015 General Meeting and  VOTE for the next SVOS Board

View the ballot by clicking this link: BOARD BALLOT 2015

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SVOS November General Meeting

SVOS November General Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Courtyard Marriott Cal Expo 1782 Tribute Road


The November general meeting will begin at 6:00 PM with with a reception and exhibits followed by dinner at 6:45 PM and a CE program led by SVOS President, Matt Earhart, OD


CE Program

 SPEAKER:      Vincent J Cainci, OD


COURSE TITLE:   Tales from the “Motrin Files”


CE:      Two (2) Hours – TPA

Vincent J Cianci, OD Biography


Dr. Cianci received his Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology with an emphasis in Human Anatomy from the University of California, Davis in 1997. He furthered his education at The University of Chicago and Illinois College of Optometry, where he received another Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and then his Doctor of Optometry in 2001.


Dr Cianci focuses now on Pediatric Optometry and full scope Ocular Disease management by working for Kaiser Permanente’s Dept of Pediatric Eye Services, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Binocular Vision and Strabismus. He has helped educate the public on various topics through appearances on Fox 40 News in the Morning, Sacramento Magazine and CNet Magazine. He resides in Sacramento, CA with his girlfriend and enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests. In his own words…..

“Stuff you don’t care about…

I’ve been a Practicing Optometrist for 4,885 days (13 years, 4 months and 14 days). Focus is Ocular Disease, Pediatric Optometry, Neuro Ophthalmology, Binocular Vision and Strabismus.

Favorite aspect is Amblyopia Therapy; it’s my passion.

Practicing for a medical group allows me to engage in full scope, integrated and multidisciplinary care.”


Tales from the “Motrin Files”   is my topic for the SVOS November 18th General Meeting. It is about the


The Gift That Keeps On Giving

D.G., 69 y.o. Caucasian Male “My vision has gotten worse and I have a gritty sensation and light sensitivity from time to time…”Visit 1 (Oh, yes, there will be many more…)


Join us and find out more. The lecture has been approved for 2 continuing education units in the TPA category.


                 RSVP to by November 12, 5:00 PM with your meal choices. (look for your RSVP email with your choices) Non-Members are also welcome to attend the SVOS general meetings. The non-member cost is $45.

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Upcoming SVOS Meeting Dates

Hello members,

We will be meeting over the next several months at the Courtyard Marriott at CalExpo:

To clarify there is to be No SVOS September Meeting

Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Meeting Dates
Meeting Location:  Courtyard Marriott CalExpo

Meeting Dates:

October 21, 2014
November 18, 2014

January 20, 2015

February 17, 2015

April 21, 2015

May 19, 2015

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UC Berkeley Hosted CE Events

January 17-19, 2015, April 24-26, 2015, and June 14, 2015

Click any event below for more information:

Berkeley Practicum: January 17-19

Morgan Symposium: April 24-26, 2015

Resident Forum: June 14, 2015

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Specialty Contact Lens 5 Hr CE Event in San Diego – May 18th

Presented by the San Diego County Optometric Society  at the Handlery Hotel

Course attendees will learn about specialty contacts and will leave with the confidence that they can immediately start fitting the lenses in their practices. The meeting will have 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of hands-on workshop. A basic understanding of fitting options, patient selection, and billing/coding will also be reviewed.

Schedule of events

7:00 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast Buffet

7:40 – 8:00 Introductions by SDCOS President Dr. Erin Swift 8:00 – 9:15 “Corneal Reshaping and Myopia Control”

-Dr. Kevin Reeder (1.5 hours)

9:15 – 9:25 Sponsor break (Vision West)
9:25 – 10:15 “Scleral GP Lenses: the basics, patient selection & how to get started”

-Dr. Lori Bende (1 hour)

10:15 – 10:35 Sponsor break (Essilor Lenses & CooperVision) 10:35 – 12:15 Hands-on Specialty Lens Workshop (1 hour)

Round-robin format of 3 stations:

(1) Scleral GP Insertion & Removal

(2) Scleral GP evaluation with slit lamp & OCT

(3) CRT slit lamp evaluation

12:15 – 1:05 “An Insiderʼs Look in UltraHealth: The newest hybrid contact lens”

-Dr. Brian Chou (1 hour)

1:05 – 1:30 “Presbyopic Options for Contact Lens Patients”

-Dr. Lori Bende (1/2 hour)


In addition, SynergEyes will give all course attendees: $300 discount on the UltraHealth fitting set

$100 credit for UltraHealth fits performed within 90 days of the

For more information contact Nancy Jo at

SDCOS/COA/AOA member cost is $90 l Non-COA member cost is $225


Handlery Hotel

950 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, CA 92108


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SVOS April 2014 General Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

6pm at the Marriott Courtyard at 1782 Tribute Road

Speaker:  Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO

Topics: Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking; Sclera Contact Lens – Indications and Complications

2 CE hours

Free for AOA members, $45 for non-members

Please note:  There will be a $45 no-show charge if you RSVP for the meeting but do not attend.

Meal options: Parmesan Herb Crusted Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis or Grilled Vegetable Risotto

Please contact Jerry Sue Hooper to submit your registration and designate your meal choice no later than April 10.   ( or 916-447-0270).

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Feb. General Meeting: Dr. Meister Presents

Courtyard Marriott Cal Expo is the new location for the February 18th General Meeting!
We will meet at a brand new location for the February general meeting. It is very close to our old location, but it is located off of Exposition Blvd. at 1783 Tribute Road. There are plenty of parking spaces.
The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:45 PM. The speaker is Richard Meister, M.D., who it the Medical Direct of PLEC Medical Group Inc. Dr. Meister will be presenting “Current Management and Techniques in IOL Surgery for the Treatment of Presbyopia & Presbyopia Inlays” (2 CE Hours.)
Your food choices are: Tri-Tip with Mushroom, Red Wine Demi Glaze or Portobello Mushroom Raviolis with Roasted Red Pepper Puree. Included are Mixed Green Salad with Kalamata Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Bourbon Street Pecan Pie.
Please RSVP with your food choice no later than February 12, 2014.
Non-Members are also invited to attend the SVOS general meetings. The non-member cost is $45.
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  • News
  • January 30th, 2014

ALERT: Sunglasses Burglaries on the Rise in Sacramento

ALERT: The burglars are back in town! Several optometric offices have been hit recently, here in Sacramento and Roseville”

Please be extra proactive in making sure all the alarms are set nightly, and if you have motion sensors in the office, that they are up and running.

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SVOS January 2014 General Meeting

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

6pm at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Room 303

Speaker:  Aaron Lech, OD, FAAO

Topic: Glaucoma cases in India

2 CE hours

Free for AOA members, $45 for non-members

Please note:  There will be a $45 no-show charge if you RSVP for the meeting but do not attend.

Meal options: Seared Salmon or Penne Pasta

Please contact Jerry Sue Hooper to submit your registration and designate your meal choice ( or 916-447-0270).

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  • News
  • May 14th, 2012

Joseph Edward Farrington II Passes Away

Joseph Edward Farrington II

February 28, 1921 – May 5, 2012

Surrounded by his loved ones, Joseph Edward Farrington II passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Sacramento at age 91.

Joe was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 28, 1921, the only child of Joseph Edward Farrington I and Barbara Blackwell (Farrington). He grew up in Sacramento, California, where he delivered newspapers as a boy and later worked at a local pharmacy. Attending Christian Brothers High School, he participated in numerous sports. Throughout high school and his first years of college, Joe also played Saxophone in a dance band, which performed in town and also on the Delta Queen’s 12-hour trips on the Sacramento River as it carried passengers between Sacramento and San Francisco.

World War II interrupted Joe’s pursuit of a college degree. Serving in the military as an airplane radio operator, he traveled across the US and abroad, and as the war came to an end he was sent to Shanghai and then Calcutta before returning home. Back in the states, he joined the USO, serving as Chairman of the organization, and he enrolled in college once again. After completing his bachelor’s degree at UCLA, Joe attended UC Berkeley, where he pursued graduate studies and was awarded Doctor of Optometry in 1951. Upon graduation, Joe established a private optometry practice in Sacramento, California, and was a devoted and caring Optometrist until he retired in 1997 at the age of 76. In the early years of his career, he made house calls for homebound patients on Saturday mornings, and later in his career he commuted to Berkeley every Tuesday morning to instruct students in the Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

A member of the American Optometric Association for 60 years, Joe was also a member of the California Optometric Association, where he served as President in 1970. In 1976, he was voted Optometrist of the Year, and in 1992 he was awarded the Paul Yarwood Memorial Award, the highest award bestowed by the California Optometric Association. The award is granted for “significant contributions to optometry or to the visual care of the American public.”

Joe was also a member of Valley High Country Club, where he played a round of golf twice a week with a group of longtime friends even after his 91st birthday. And he met for lunch every Tuesday with a group of retired professionals, some of whom he’d been meeting regularly for lunch since his early days as an optometrist. He also met once a month for lunch with a group of Christian Brothers High School alumni known as the “Brotherhood.” Greatly enjoying playing games, Joe also belonged to a bridge group and played dominoes every chance he got.

A devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarksburg, Joe attended services and bible study regularly. In previous years, he attended services and taught CCD classes for the St. Charles Borromeo parish in Sacramento.

Family, friends, and former patients will miss his delightful wit. Joe was ever ready to tell an amusing story or to joke or pun and laugh until tears filled his eyes.

Joe is preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine Anne (Farrington) Cornell, and his wife, Virginia May Farrington. He is survived by his longtime companion and fiancée, Mildred Giordano; a daughter, Susan, and her husband, David; a son, Patrick, and his wife, Kathleen; grandchildren, Susan, Kimberly, Jennifer, Glenn, Michael, Nicole, Allison, and Joel; and an extended family of great-grandchildren.

A mass and reception will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarksburg. A private interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Frisbie-Warren & Carroll Mortuary.

Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Optometry Associates of the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society. Send donation (check made payable to Berkeley Optometry Annual Fund) to:Office of External Relations, School of Optometry, 302 Minor Addition, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2020. General Contact: Telephone: 510-642-1877; Email: (

Or, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Christian Brothers. Send donation (check made payable to Christian Brothers) to Christian Brothers High School, 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820 (Telephone: 916-733-3600).

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