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Program Title: University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology- Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease
Program Type: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology
Program Location: Medical School
Program Address: University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology - West Complex
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0715
Phone Number: 434 982-0070
Fax Number: 434 924-5180
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: July 1, 2018
Accreditation Status: Accredited with condition(s)
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The UVA Department of Ophthalmology Optometry Residency Program mission is to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and improve competency in fitting contact lenses.  Through patient exposure, experience, and mentoring, the program will increase competency in clinical decision making. 

Program Description:

This program will advance the resident’s knowledge in systemic based eye care. Daily the resident will have an opportunity to see patients with a variety of systemic conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Lupus, Sjogren’s, HIV, and M.S. The resident will be challenged to diagnose patients presenting with ocular disease and will be responsible for making appropriate clinical decisions. Communication with other specialties within the health system is expected. Other responsibilities will include participation in contact lens care. The resident will be exposed to patients with simple refractive error, presbyopia, malignant myopia, and anisometropia. The resident will also work in our Specialty Contact Lens Clinic and treat keratoconus, pellicuds marginal degeneration, post refractive ectasia, and corneal graphs. The resident will be expected to attend Grand Rounds, department lectures, and other educational events. The resident will primarily work under the residency director. The resident will also have the opportunity to observe surgery in each of these divisions. The resident will be required to write a case report suitable for publication and one lecture presentation. Together with the director, the resident will provide guidance and leadership to an optometry intern.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 1, 2018
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident is required to be present for clinic between 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Typically the resident will work 40-50 hours per week. Lectures, grand rounds, research, and other didactic activities will be held outside clinical hours. No weekend or on-call hours are required. All vacation or days off must be approved by the residency director.

Requirements for Completion:

The requirements for the completion of the residency are as follows:

  1. One scholarly activity (paper/poster/case report) completed each quarter

  2. Meet patient requirements established by the program

  3. Must have demonstrated competency according to the goals of the program

  4. Completion and submission of Resident Patient Log and Resident Activity Log

  5. Receiving satisfactory evaluations throughout the residency

  6. Work a minimum of 225 days

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Evan Kaufman, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 434-982-0070
Fax: 434 924-5180
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Apply for the matching service through the ORMatch.

2. Submit the required material:

  1. Letter of intent stating reasons for applying to the program

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. Official transcripts from all optometric education and other graduate school work

  4. Scores from Parts I and II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry

  5. Letters of reference from three faculty or adjunct faculty members who have been most familiar with the applicant's clinical performance, and the applicant's professional abilities and academic performance

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1. Graduate from an ACOE accredited college of optometry. 2. Pass Parts I, II and III of the National Board. 3. Apply for a Virginia license after graduating from an accredited college of optometry. 4. Have a valid United States social security number at the time of application.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The Department of Ophthalmology serves as the ophthalmic referral center for central and western Virginia and for parts of West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The Department proudly employs over 60 dedicated and experienced staff members. Its eight (8) faculty members teach and conduct research with nine (9) ophthalmology residents and two (2) Ophthalmology fellows. We offer comprehensive Ophthalmic care as well as the following sub-specialties: Anterior Segment/Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculo-plastics, Pediatrics, and Medical and Surgical Retina. We are proud to serve as the ophthalmic referral center for central and western Virginia as well as parts of West Virginia, North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is to provide our patients with quality, state-of-the-art ophthalmic care in all sub-specialties of ophthalmology. We pride ourselves in furthering knowledge of eye care through medical training and research.