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Cornea Contact Lens Management

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone Number: 312-949-7733
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: 07/1999
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Offering advanced competency in Cornea and Contact Lens Management through education, scholarship, and patient care.

Program Description:

This fully accredited one-year program focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex corneal, anterior segment and contact lens related conditions. The Resident will gain experience in patient care and teaching. This unique Residency offers clinical experience in three types of settings; private practice, hospital and educational centers. Clinical assignments include direct care and precepting responsibilities in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence, the Center for Advanced Ophthalmic Care and Emergency Services at the Illinois Eye Institute, which is ICO's primary clinical teaching facility. Clinical work in a private practice setting includes primary care and contact lens care. Cornea and anterior segment plus pre and postoperative management are provided in conjunction with the a medical facility in Chicago. Throughout the program, particular emphasis is on the diagnosis and management of corneal and anterior segment pathology, and the fitting of specialty contact lenses including keratoconic, bifocal, toric and post-op fittings. Opportunities for research development and individualization of the program exist. This challenging program is designed to enable the resident to develop and cultivate advanced clinical competency in cornea and contact lens management.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

In a typical week, the resident participates in the following activities. The resident is expected to spend at least 44 hours/week doing residency activities. The times listed are approximations and are subject to change: 1. Private practice: direct care (9 hours) 2. Advanced care: anterior segment (4.5 hours) 3. Contact lenses: direct care, precepting (11.5 hours) 4. Hospital clinic: observation, interaction (5 hours) 5. Educational rounds (4 hours) 6. Research development (4 hours) 7. Consultation (2 hours)

Requirements for Completion:

1. Satisfactory completion of all learning objectives 2. Attendance at all clinical assignments 3. Attendance and participation at Faculty Conference/Grand Rounds Series and regularly scheduled conferences 4. Attendance and participation in all required course work 5. A written paper of publishable quality, completed by the end of the residency period

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: Stephanie Fromstein, OD
Telephone: 312-949-7733
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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 (Stephanie Fromstein, OD,, 312-949-7733) 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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