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Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Optometry Center for Vision Therapy
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Optometry Center for Vision Therapy
6836 Bee Caves Rd, Ste. 100
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone Number: 512-614-1640
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Dipl Low Vision

Director, Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229


Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2014
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency Program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at OCVT is to yield expert clinicians and leaders in the field of vision therapy and rehabilitation through didactic knowledge, clinical experience, and concentrated practice management exposure. The resident will gain mastery of diagnosis and treatment of visual efficiency and processing deficits, neurological insult, and pediatric visual and ocular conditions.

Program Description:

This residency program is based at three locations of the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy (OCVT) in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. OCVT is a specialty practice exclusively dedicated to vision therapy, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and pediatric optometry. The residency is a full-time, formal, supervised program consisting of direct patient care, didactic education, practice management development and scholarly activities.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 hrs/week. There are no on-call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

Successful completion of all of the residency program's goals and objectives. Completed one paper of publishable quality (i.e. research paper, literature review, case report). Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic. Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations). Successful completion of NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Briana Larson, Clinical Director
Telephone: 512-614-1640
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

This program participates in the ORMatch application service. Questions supplemental materials may be sent to:

Theresa Yee, Optometry Center for Vision Therapy 6836 Bee Caves Rd, Ste. 100 Austin, TX 78746 (512) 614-1640

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The OCVT Residency Program participates in ORMatch. The program coordinator and faculty decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the interview, and input from previous instructors. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

Pediatric Optometry & Vision Therapy

The resident will spend approximately 80% of their time providing care to patients at the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy. The majority of patients seen here are children under the age of 18, and many are presenting for evaluation and treatment of binocular vision or learning-related vision disorders. The resident will be exposed to a vast array of pediatric eye and vision disorders, including strabismus, amblyopia, accommodative and oculomotor imbalance, and developmental delay. 

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

A sizable number of patients presenting to the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy are seen for optometric complications of neurologic insult, including head trauma and stroke. These patients require specific evaluation for visual, accommodative, binocular, oculomotor, processing and integrative deficits arising from their neurologic insult and development of a management plan for rehabilitation. Residents will develop skills in neuro-optometric rehabilitation using optical and non-optical therapy of patients with oculovisual complications of neurological insult.