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Indianapolis Eye Care Center Vision Rehabilitation Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Indianapolis Eye Care Center
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1160 West Michigan St.

Indianapolis, Indiana 43202
Phone Number: 317-274-1407
Fax Number: 317-274-1475
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Anna K. Bedwell, OD and Don W. Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 11/2020
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Provide advanced competency in the area of vision rehabilitation to optometry graduates. This includes the diagnosis and management of patients who have low vision, and/or acquired brain injury including traumatic brain injury, concussion, and stroke. Vision rehabilitation will also be provided to patients with symptomatic binocular vison disorders. In addition to vision rehabilitation, there will be an emphasis in ocular disease.

Program Description:

The Vision Rehabilitation residency is a 53 week program designed to provide intensive clinical experience in low vision, concussion care, binocular vision, with an emphasis in ocular disease. Primarily, the resident will be responsible for direct patient care of patients within the low vision and concussion care services. As the resident gains knowledge and experience they will be assigned to precept the 4th year interns within these services, no more than 1 full day a week. The resident will have the opportunity to interact with and observe a variety of ophthalmologic sub-specialists throughout the year. On call responsibilities provide the resident with experience in the management of urgent eye care. The resident will have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. There will be opportunities to participate in optometric community service and the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip.

Part of the residency curriculum includes education and clinical teaching through grand rounds and journal club discussions. The resident will be required to give at least 2 separate lectures to the fourth year students. There is also opportunity to participate in clinical research, if desired.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program:
Program Starting Date: June 25th
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident will work approximately 40+ hours a week including Monday through Friday 8 am - 5pm with on-call responsibilities one week per month. A half day per week will be given for charting and academic activities.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. A paper of publishable quality will be written prior to and as a condition of the completion of the Residency program. This paper can be a report of original clinical research, case report, or a literature review.

  2. The resident is required to submit an abstract for a poster or paper to a national optometry meeting of their choosing.

  3. The resident will give lectures to the fourth year interns in the form of seminar discussions (2 minimum), or periodically lead a journal club discussion

  4. The resident must receive at minimum satisfactory evaluations by residency supervisors at the final quarterly review.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000
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: Emily Hable, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 317-274-1407
Fax: 317-274-1475
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Don Lyon, Residency Co-Coordinator
Telephone: 812-856-1964
Fax: 317-274-1475
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All required application materials will be submitted via the National Matching Services Inc (ORMatch – The following documents must be submitted in a PDF format –

  1. Letter of Intent

  2. CV

  3. Optometry School Transcript

  4. Minimum of three (3) letter of recommendation (Note – each letter of recommendation will be uploaded to ORMatch directly by your reference)

  5. Official NBEO Scores

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Application information sent to OR Match Website

  • Interview by Program Coordinator OD

  • Degree from an accredited school or college of optometry within the United States

  • Competitive GPA

  • Eligible for an Indiana Optometry License

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

Additional Comments

This is a first year program. We will be seeking accreditation of the program in spring 2022. The goal is the resident to graduate from an accredited program.