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Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Geriatric Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute
3241 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone Number: 312-997-3686
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Heather McLeod OD (

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2003
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Providing Advanced Competency Training in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatric Ocular Disease through Education, Scholarship and Patient Care.

Program Description:

This accredited (ACOE) one-year post-graduate residency program is offered by the Illinois College of Optometry in conjunction with the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging at the Illinois Eye Institute. Rotations at all 3 unique sites provide a diverse clinical experience with management of Ocular Disease, Urgent Care and Low Vision cases. Interaction with various programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, including job readiness and placement, psychology and occupational therapy services, a hereditary retinal disease service and a school for children with visual and other impairments, is an integral part of the residency. The program also emphasizes advanced competency in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease, with a focus on those conditions that frequently result in vision loss.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Chicago Lighthouse and Rosenbloom center rotations include 12-16 hrs/wk of direct low vision patient care and interaction with other professionals and programs. At the Rosenbloom Center at IEI there are 4-8 hrs/wk in Geriatric Service seeing age related eye disease including cataracts, 8-12 hrs/wk, in Advanced Care Service seeing Vitreo-retinal, glaucoma and/or neuro-opthalmology, Urgent Care is 4 hrs/wk and conference, research or independent study is done 4 hrs/wk. Elective rotations in Primary Care, Pediatrics or Cornea/Contact lenses are offered for one or two quarters and Low Vision laboratory teaching is scheduled for 4 hrs/wk for one quarter.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Attendance at all clinical assignments 2. Attendance and participation in all scheduled conferences 3. Submission of a paper of publishable quality 4. Successful completion of all learning objectives

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,670
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Kara Crumbliss, OD
Telephone: 312-997-3686
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Trish Newman, OD
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application is through the ORMatch

1. Visit ORMatch web site and submit your application.

2. Contact the program coordinator(Kara Crumbliss, OD,,312-949-7184 declaring your interest in applying. If mailing use the ICO address, 3241 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Il. 60616.

3..Applicants are encouraged to take part three of NBEO prior to January so results may be available at the interview.

4. Arrangements for an on-site interview will be made.

5. After completing the interview process, complete the ORMatch Applicant's Ranking Form.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The applicant must, prior to matriculation, have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. Application information and an on-campus interview are used for the selection procedure.

Program Application Deadline: January 15

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