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Residency in Vision Rehabilitation with emphasis in Low Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: University of Houston College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 4901 Calhoun Rd
University of Houston College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Phone Number: 713.743.2577
Fax Number: 713.743.2053
Affiliation: University of Houston, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Beth G. Harper, OD 

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1981
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program in Vision Rehabilitation with an emphasis in low vision rehabilitation seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates, and to provide them with advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of low vision rehabilitation. The residency involves the management of patients with visual impairment including central field loss, acquired neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, ocular prosthetics, specialty contact lenses, and other assistive or adaptive technology. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in low vision rehabilitation.

Program Description:

Supervised patient care experiences in low vision, brain injury vision rehabilitation, and primary care. Additional optional rotations include special populations, contact lenses, ocular disease, occupational therapy and retina. Attendance and participation in faculty and resident seminars, clinical grand rounds, and continuing education. Interaction with ophthalmologists who serve as clinic faculty in the Medical Eye Service at the University Eye Institute and in selected outside facilities. Laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care procedures, medical procedures, and low vision rehabilitation. Optional opportunities include lecture in low vision course and clinical supervision of professional students. Research opportunities in on-going projects.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: June 20, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks. When the resident is assigned to on-call they are responsible for additional hours, as needed, to provide emergency/urgent care outside of business hours (evenings, nights, weekends).

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to: 1. Deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident's patient care. 2. Maintain a log of patient names and associated information. 3. Complete a paper based on original research or review of the literature, suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. 4. Deliver three rounds style presentations. 5. Successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum. 6. Successfully complete all teaching assignments. 7. Participate in required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions 8. Complete all required evaluations of clinical attending doctors, rotations, seminars, residency coordinator, and the exit interview.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 / year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Other: Continuing education provided by UHCO at no cost.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Swati Modi, program coordinator
Telephone: 713.743.2577
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch. In addition to your ORMatch materials, submit directly to the program coordinator an unofficial copy (screen shot, etc.) of NBEO scores that are available at application and additional scores as soon as they are available to the candidate.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to candidates with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Program Admission Requirements: Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the program. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program A State of Texas Optometry License prior to the beginning of the program

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The program may be completed as a Residency/MS over 24 months.