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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma
Program Site: Danville VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Illiana Health Care System
Optometry Clinic, 112 1900 E Main St
Danville, Illinois 61832
Phone Number: 217-554-5321
Fax Number: 217-554-4861
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Anna K. Bedwell, OD

Program Application Deadline: January 27
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/1986
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometry residency in Ocular Disease at the VA Illiana Health Care System seeks to train entry-level optometrists to provide the highest quality patient care utilizing the latest diagnostic equipment and current evidence-based standards of care.  This one-year residency will foster the development of advanced optometric competency and confidence in the treatment and management of conditions affecting ocular health and vision

Program Description:

The optometry resident has been an integral part of the Danville VAMC multidisciplinary health care team since its inception in 1986. The resident is expected to manage his/her own patients, supervise optometry externs, participate in continuing education programs, and will complete interdisciplinary rotations in internal medicine, pharmacy, radiology, urgent care, and podiatry. The resident also sees patients in low vision and specialty contact lens clinics.

The Optometry service consists of three full-time optometrists, two optometry externs, and three full-time technicians. Greater than 75% of our encounters are for the treatment and management of ocular or systemic disease. The optometry clinic currently has seven complete lanes and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including digital anterior and posterior segment photography, Humphrey visual field, B-scan/UBM ultrasound, Heidelberg Spectralis HRA+ OCT, as well as in-house lab, CT, MRI, and surgical/medical support staff. VA Illiana residents also work closely with the ophthalmology service for surgical observations and post-operative co-management of patients.  


Danville is close to Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois. Danville is centrally located just over one hour from Indianapolis, two hours from Chicago, three hours from St. Louis. Danville boasts affordable housing, lots of parks.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

45 hours/week; No on call hours

Requirements for Completion:

  • Provide and document direct patient care to an adequate number of patients commensurate with program goals and in accordance with clinic protocols

  • Satisfactory evaluation of performance from clinical preceptors and the Residency Program Coordinator

  • Participation in monthly didactic activities (journal club, Grand Rounds, clinical workshops, etc)

  • Present at least three lectures during the residency year. Attendees of these lectures could include clinical staff, student trainees, and students at Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, IN.

  • Completion of one paper of publishable quality

  • Completion of four or more interdisciplinary clinical rotations

  • Completion of three or more ophthalmology rotations

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,979
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Guadalupe Mejia, Chief, Optometry Section/Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 217-554-5321
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Email: Phone: 217-554-5321 Fax: 217-554-4861

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Material sent to OR Matching Service

  • U.S. citizenship required

  • Interview with Program Coordinator

United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: January 27

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