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Optometric Residency Program

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Retina
Program Site: Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Residency Program
1935 Bluegrass Ave., Suite 200
Louisville, Kentucky 40215
Phone Number: 502-895-0040
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/2007
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers provides qualified optometrists with advanced competency in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease within a secondary and tertiary eye care setting. Upon successful completion of the program, residents shall have fostered didactic and teaching skills and developed into exceptional clinicians fully prepared to enter a variety of clinical and academic settings.

Program Description:

The ocular disease residency program at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers (BBEC) is an intensive, office based program that provides a comprehensive experience with both anterior and posterior segment ocular disease, including laser procedures of the anterior segment and minor surgical procedures. BBEC is a secondary and tertiary referral center providing solely medical and surgical eye care services. BBEC has multiple vitreo-retinal surgeons, anterior segment surgeons and residency trained consultative optometrists as teaching faculty. The resident will spend time with each of these services and will be caring for patients with all aspects of eye disease including: retinal disease, glaucoma, uveitis, external and anterior segment diseases as well pre- and post-surgical cataract and refractive surgical care. BBEC has state-of-the-art equipment including OCT, A- and B-Scan ultrasonography, slit lamp photography, fundus photography and fluorescein angiography, Optos Optomap California FA, Orbscan, Pentacam, ELLEX Laser, Ellman unit, IOL Master 700, Nidek specular Microscope, Peschke PXL cornea cross-linking, Humphrey Field Analyzers, CATALYS Precision Laser System, Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217-z excimer laser, VISX S4 excimer laser, Iridex CYCLO G6 Glaucoma Laser System, Iridex OcuLight GL 532nm laser, Lumenis Selecta II SLT and YAG laser. The resident can expect to learn proper indications, the techniques and/or the interpretation of each of these diagnostic and therapeutic tools in both routine and complicated cases, and will become certified for anterior segment laser and minor surgical procedures. A case presentation and/or a publishable article is expected by the optometric resident.


Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

50+ hours/week and on-call responsibilities

Requirements for Completion:

Successful Completion of the Assessment Program

Program Salary/Stipend: $36,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Nikolaos Zagorianos, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 502-895-0040
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

OR Matching System The resident must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council of Optometric Education prior to the residency. The resident must complete an application for The Bennett and Bloom Ocular Disease Residency online at the OR Match website. The resident must submit a cover letter briefly stating their clinical experience, their interest in the residency, and their goals and objectives of the residency. The resident must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from clinical professionals with whom the potential resident is very familiar and can accurately assess the resident's level of commitment and competency. The resident must submit a copy of NBEO scores and a copy of college transcripts (a copy of the official transcript is fine).

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:
Program Application Deadline: January 15

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