Cristina Acevedo, BS | Class of 2019
Describe your best clinical experience and why it was memorable. My best clinical experience so far was when I was interning for a neuro-rehab optometric clinic. I discovered another niche in the optometry field, distinct from the famous phrase “which is better: 1 or 2”. I realized the importance vision has on sensory, motor, cognitive, and behavioral processing which then impacts functional performances in TBI or stroke patients. More specifically, I was inspired by observing the optometrist work with a patient who had suffered from a stroke a few years prior. The aftermath of the stroke led the patient to walk with a lean to his right side, causing him to bump into things. As soon as the doctor placed yoked prisms on the patient, the patient stood up straight and walked without a lean and with more confidence. Every day in clinic was an “aha” moment, every patient received individualized treatment to reach the highest level of functionality. Every day was a reminder that I chose optometry to help others improve their overall quality of life.