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Cornea & Contact Lens Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Anterior Segment
Program Site: SUNY Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 33 W 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036
Phone Number: 212-938-5872
Fax Number:
Affiliation: State University of New York, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Diane Adamczyk, OD

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1991
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Cornea and Contact Lens residency, sponsored by the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in contact lens patient care. The program will provide four main components; a clinical patient care component, a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in contact lens care; a teaching component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom educator skills; and research / scholarly activity portion. The resident is scheduled for direct patient care in both the University Eye Care, Specialty Contact Lens Service, and in a New York City based ophthalmology office of an anterior segment specialist. Upon completion of the program the resident will be qualified to provide high level patient care in the areas of contact lenses, corneal disease management, and pre / post corneal surgery. The graduating resident should be prepared to engage in self-initiated or collaborative research, conduct related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

Program Description:

This 12-month program is designed to enhance the individual’s understanding of specialty contact lens design and application, as well as their potential impact on corneal physiology. Through direct patient encounter and supervision of third- and fourth-year interns, the Cornea and Contact Lens resident will gain experience primarily in the fitting of rigid gas permeable scleral, corneal lenses and custom soft contact lenses. The resident will work alongside senior Specialty Contact Lens Clinical faculty with extensive experience in fitting all lens designs. The resident will fit, manage and follow clinical cases of keratoconus, irregular cornea, post corneal transplant, rigid and soft prosthetic lenses, high myopia, high astigmatism, pediatric aphakia, as well as disposable soft spherical and toric lenses. Additional clinical time is scheduled each month for the resident to work with a corneal specialist on the diagnosis and management of patients suffering with anomalies of the cornea.

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

40 hours (includes Saturday) Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Completion of Program: * Fulfillment of the academic obligation, which includes attendance to: Minor & Major Presentations, Didactic Program/Grand Rounds ("Friday Programs"), Core Didactic Curriculum * Present a minor (20 minute) and a major (50 minute) presentation * Publishable quality paper * Maintenance and completion of supervisor evaluation, patient logs, etc. * Meeting professional and clinical responsibilities * Fulfillment of terms of employment * Any program specific requirements, attendance, and satisfactory clinical and professional achievements

Program Salary/Stipend: $43,170.00
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: David Libassi, Supervisor
Telephone: 212-938-5872
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

David Libassi, OD

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*OD degree from an accredited school of optometry *Successful completion of all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is preferred prior to the application deadline. *NY State Licensure (eligible for applicants)

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline

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