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Chase Harter earns doctor of optometry degree

• May 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chase Harter, of Willard, was among 133 students recently awarded a doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Harter graduated with magna cum laude honors and Beta Sigma Kappa, a designation for students demonstrating exceptional academic achievement. He also received the Southern College of Optometry Achievement Award.

A native of Willard, Harter is the son of Kathy and Bruce Harter and the grandson of Mary and Russell Harter and Joan and Duane Girbach. He is a graduate of Willard High School and The Ohio State University.

Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases/disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures, as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions.

The Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis in 1932. It is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with nearly 500 students from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 80,000 patients annually, helping make the college one of the top in the nation for clinical optometric education.

The SCO community outreach program reaches more than 12,000 children through vision screenings provided annually to Shelby County, Tenn. students in public, private and charter schools. For more information on SCO, visit www.sco.edu.

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