Family Vision Care and Vision Therapy, San Carlos, CA

1234 Cherry Street
San Carlos, CA  94070
Phone: (650) 593-1661
Family Vision Care

Externship Supervisor
Carole Hong, OD, FCOVD

Program Description
Family Vision Care and Vision Therapy is a full-scope private practice emphasizing pediatrics and vision therapy.    It is 1 of 3 private practices that has been open to students since June of 2009.  As part of a project originally funded by a grant from VSP, this externship includes a practice management component.

Dr. Carole Hong and Dr. Macson Lee each work part-time (3-5 days a week), but 1 or 2 doctors are in the office on any given day. This is a full-scope practice, including an optical dispensary and some specialty contact lens services (corneal reshaping and bifocal fits) and Lasik co-management.

Drs. Hong and Lee both completed SUNY’s Vision Therapy Residency. Dr. Lee is a SUNY graduate, while Dr. Hong is a graduate from SCCO, a past full time clinical faculty member at SUNY Optometry and part time faculty at UCBSO for approximately 3 years each before going into private practice in San Carlos.  Both are InfantSEE providers, involved in organized optometry and community-based activities.  Dr. Hong is board certified as a Fellow of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD) and was on the COVD board of directors for almost 10 years.  This practice works with other professionals, building a network of referral sources and co-management opportunities.  There are often opportunities to participate in presenting workshops and in-services to other professionals.

The externs will be involved in all aspects of patient care.  At least 1/2 of your clinical time is spent with pediatric and/or adult vision therapy patients (evaluation, consultation, therapy, progress evaluations). Vision therapy sessions are scheduled through out every business day, Monday through Saturday.  Approximately 60-85 patients are seen for therapy per week.  Our 6 vision therapists are involved in various practice enhancement activities when not providing patient care.  In the Primary Care setting, the extern may expect to be involved in various types of exams including annual vision exams, visual skills evaluations, anterior segment management, and contact lens exams. Approximately 20% of patients will require contact lens management, including that of soft lens wear, multi-focal lens fits, monovision fits, rigid gas permeable lenses, the new hybrid lenses and corneal refractive therapy (orthokeratology).

The vision therapy part of the externship will expose externs to an expanded competence in the treatment of children and adults.  Experience is extensive for patients with learning-related issues. In addition the extern will work with and be exposed to everything from children and adults on the autistic spectrum, who are gifted, with general binocular vision problems, strabismus, and ambylopia, to those who are interested in sports vision enhancement or have suffered stroke and head injuries.  The extern will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical and patient management skills.  The program will emphasize the complete patient care process, from the comprehensive examination through the implementation of a therapy program and communication with other professionals. 

Our program is geared towards the extern’s personal interests and goals related to private practice. Time will be devoted to various practice management topics.  Meetings are scheduled every week which are devoted to topics related to practice management. These discussions will involve various members of the office staff, in addition to the doctors.  The extern will be given opportunity to sit in on these meetings, learn from the discussions, and contribute whenever possible. 2 projects or presentations are required and usually are chosen based on the intern’s interests and related to either a research topic or practice management area of interest.  Many have chosen to create power point presentation that can be used in future practice. The goal of this portion of the externship is to give the extern an opportunity to see a private practice in action and to begin to understand the skills involved in building a successful specialty-oriented practice.

Office is accessible by public transportation and  is walking distance from Cal train.


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