Residencies

General Information

Postgraduate residency training is a popular means for O.D. recipients to further their optometric education. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education—the accrediting body for the schools and colleges of optometry and for their residencies—defines an optometric residency program as a planned program of post-O.D. clinical education that is designed to advance significantly the optometric graduate's preparation as a provider of patient care services beyond entry-level practice.

A residency must be a minimum of 12 months and must be composed of appropriately supervised clinical eye/vision care provided by the resident. A residency should also include a well-designed mix of self-directed learning, seminar participation, instructional experiences, and scholarship. The Indiana University School of Optometry residencies are typically one year in length and provide stipends and other benefits.

Application deadline is February 1st.

  • Application Process

    Requirements

    • OD degree from an accredited school or college of optometry located within the United States or Puerto Rico
    • Competitive GPA
    • Able to apply and receive an optometry license in the state of the residency site applied for
    • Successful completion of NBEO examination
    • ORMatch application
    • Two or three letters of recommendation, (see specific program guidelines)

    In addition to the ORMatch application and letters of recommendation, we ask that each candidate for a residency position to submit a cover letter, a copy of NBEO scores,* and optometry school transcripts be sent to the program coordinator(s) for the residency position(s) that you are interested in applying to.

    *ORMatch and the NBEO have entered into an agreement for ORMatch to supply NBEO Parts I and II scores during the last weeks of February to programs where you apply and Part III scores (when they are available in June) for all matched candidates. This service is provided at no cost to you by ORMatch; your scores are obtained using your OE Tracker Number.

    Interview
    All serious applicants are encouraged to arrange a site visit.

    Selection Committee
    Will vary between programs please contact the program coordinator to discuss selection process.

    Notification
    Notification of the match will come initially from ORMatch. If successfully matched the candidate will receive notification within 10 days of the release of the match, and a contract within 30 days of the match results being released.

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Available Residency Programs

Residencies are available in many different specialty areas and geographic areas for Doctor of Optometry candidates. Currently there are positions open for 2017–2018.

Cornea and Contact Lens Residency

  • Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN

    Indiana University School of Optometry Cornea & Contact Lenses Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Indiana University School of Optometry
    Atwater Eye Care Center
    744 E. 3rd Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the residency program in cornea and contact lenses is to provide advanced competency in the areas of contact lenses, cornea and anterior segment treatment and management, through education, patient care experiences, and scholarship.

    Program Coordinator
    Susan Kovacich, O.D.
    Email: skovach@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-5699

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    June 23, 2017–June 30, 2018 (53 weeks)

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
    • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
    • Tax saver benefit
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • Travel Stipend
    • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Description of Program
    The cornea and contact lens residency is a 53-week program designed to provide intensive clinical, teaching, and research experience in anterior segment disease, contact lenses, and primary care optometry. Clinical teaching is expected to be a part of the residency program, in order to prepare the clinician for the role of clinical educator. Academic leadership and communication skills will be emphasized through case conference instruction, and scholarly writing and speaking through research. Although structured experiences are necessary to ensure consistent quality of the program, specific educational opportunities can be tailored to meet the individual interests of the resident.

    The residency begins June 23. The work will consist primarily of clinical consulting with student interns, but will also consist of independent patient care. The resident will also be required to be on-call a maximum of every other week.

    One half day per week the resident will see patients and/or consult with an intern at the Indiana University Health Center. This setting focuses on triage and acute care of Indiana University students, faculty, and staff. Another half day per week the resident will consult with third-year interns in the Primary Care Clinic. This setting enable the resident to maintain primary care skills and to teach optometry students who are new to clinic and patient care. All other times not designated elsewhere, the resident will consult with fourth-year interns in the Contact Lens Clinic. Here the resident will assist the interns in fitting all types of contact lenses and contact lens related problem solving as the need arises.

    Once a week, the resident will hold a case conference seminar for the fourth-year interns to discuss patient care and interesting cases. The resident will be required to observe all students give a 20 minute case presentation, and organize speakers each week to talk on various topics. The resident is also required to give one 30–60 minute presentation at one of the scheduled case conferences.

    An academic project is required, and a paper or poster 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 reports, or a literature review, and will be written with the assistance of the residency advisor. It is expected that this paper will be submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. At least one half day per week will be set aside to complete this task.

    Resident Responsibilities
    In order to meet the educational goals of the program, residents are expected to:

    1. 50+ hours including Saturdays, some Wednesday evenings, and on call.
    2. Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients in the Indiana University School of Optometry Contact Lens Clinic, with emphasis in contact lenses and anterior segment conditions.
    3. Acquire clinical experience in primary, specialized, and advanced contact lens fitting techniques, including and toric and bifocal soft contact lens fittings, and aspheric, bitoric, bifocal, keratoconic, and post-refractive rigid gas permeable contact lens fittings.
    4. Gain clinical experience in the management of emergency eye care and anterior segment conditions, including an external rotation at the Indiana University Student Health Center's Urgent Eye Clinic, provision of emergency eye care services at the Contact Lens Clinic, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility. 
    5. Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat anterior segment conditions. 
    6. Learn in the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including the latest digital imaging, corneal topography, and computer technology. 
    7. Clinical and didactic instruction of optometry students including clinical supervision in the Contact Lens Clinic and during various health screenings throughout the year. 
    8. Give lectures and organize presenters for the weekly Case Conference Seminar for optometry interns.
    9. Organize specialized training workshops for advanced contact lens fittings; attendance at lectures and workshops in optometric pre- and post-refractive surgical care.
    10. Attend continuing education classes and seminars. 
    11. Participate in clinical research in contact lens or anterior segment related conditions, including the completion of a research paper or poster, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the program. 
    12. Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to specialty contact lens care. 
    13. Actively participate in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations.

    Please see the Contact Lens Residency Manual for further information.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Susan Kovacich or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

Ocular Disease Residencies

  • Bennett & Bloom, Louisville, KY

    Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers
    1935 Bluegrass Ave., Suite 200
    Louisville, KY 40215

    Program Coordinator
    Lee Peplinski, O.D.
    Email: leepeplinski@gmail.com
    Phone: (502) 895-0040 or (800) 477-0055
    Website: www.eyecenters.com

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    13 months

    Application Deadline
    January 15

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $36,000
    • Insurance: health and life
    • Full liabilty coverage
    • 14 days annual vacation/sick leave
    • Additional days may be granted for educational purposes

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    Yes

    Additional Information

    The ocular disease residency program at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers (BBEC) is an intensive, office based program that provides a comprehensive experience with both anterior and posterior segment ocular disease, including laser procedures of the anterior segment and minor surgical procedures. BBEC is a secondary and tertiary referral center providing solely medical and surgical eye care services. BBEC has multiple vitreo-retinal surgeons, anterior segment surgeons and residency trained consultative optometrists as teaching faculty. The resident will spend time with each of these services and will be caring for patients with all aspects of eye disease including: retinal disease, glaucoma, uveitis, external and anterior segment diseases as well pre- and post-surgical cataract and refractive surgical care. BBEC has state-of-the-art equipment including OCT, GDx, A- and B- Scan Ultrasonography, fundus photography/fluorescein angiography, Orbscan, IOL Master, Humphrey Field Analyzers, B&L Technolas 217-z excimer laser, VISX S4 excimer laser and SLT, Argon, Diode, YAG and other lasers. The resident can expect to learn proper indications, the techniques and/or the interpretation of each of these diagnostic and therapeutic tools in both routine and complicated cases, and will become certified for anterior segment laser and minor surgical procedures. A case presentation and/or a publishable article is expected by the optometric resident.

    Bennett & BloomEye Centers (BBEC) residency manual

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Peplinski or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Gundersen Eye Department, LA Crosse, WI

    Gundersen Eye Department Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Gundersen Eye Department
    Primary Site: Main Ophthalmology Clinic in La Crosse, WI
    Secondary Sites: Satellite Clinics in Decorah, IA and Viroqua, WI (1-2 days per month).  Mileage is reimbursable.

    Program Mission Statement
    The primary goal of the Gundersen Health System Optometry Residency is to provide a highly educational experience that exposes the Resident to cutting edge technology in a highly respected Ophthalmology/Optometry Clinic within a large, multidisciplinary healthcare setting.

    Program Coordinator
    Jennifer Gipp, O.D.
    Email: jegipp@gundersenhealth.org
    Office phone: (563) 382-2639 ext 75633
    Cell phone: (563) 419-6734

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    52 Weeks
    July 1 start date

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $47,000
    • Health Insurance
    • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Vacation
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • Travel Allowance
    • Additional:
      • There is the opportunity for reasonably priced on-campus housing. On-campus housing is optional. Townhomes rent for $640.00 per month. Included in this cost are all utility bills (heat, electricity, water, and local telephone service). Additionally, this cost includes basic cable and high-speed internet access. The townhomes can be totally furnished, semi-furnished, or unfurnished. Each townhome has a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry area with individual washers and dryers, two bedrooms, bathroom and study/den. All are individually heated and air-conditioned. Garden space is also available. No pets are allowed in the housing complex.
      • Optometry Residents will be included in the incoming Medical Resident Class, which includes Internal Medicine, Transitional, Pharmacy, Sports Medicine, and Surgery Residents. Our Optometry Resident will participate in all Resident-activities, including orientation, journal clubs, social activities, and Resident Graduation.

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Program Description
    The Optometry Resident’s education will be the top priority of this program. Residents will have their own schedule and be responsible for the care and management of their patients with the help of attending physicians as soon as they are fully credentialed. Residents will be required to attend lectures on campus, conduct a research project or case study, and attend continuing education conferences in addition to clinical duties in order to instill in them a commitment to lifelong learning and a dedication to the profession of Optometry. Residents will have an opportunity to observe cataract, refractive, glaucoma, oculoplastic, and retinal surgeries and work with our retinal specialists, glaucoma, specialist, corneal specialists, and in our Traumatic Brain Injury/Low Vision Clinic. In addition, Residents will have an opportunity to participate in Interprofessional Education throughout the Residency Year. Gundersen Health System currently hosts Optometry Externs from IUSO, ICO, UMSL, and SUNY. Residents will have the opportunity to teach and interact with Externs throughout the program.

    Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities
    Monday–Friday, 7:30–4:30 p.m. with an one hour lunch break from 12:00–1:00 p.m.

    Application Materials and Procedures
    In addition to the ORMatch application, we ask that each candidate submit a cover letter, a copy of NBEO scores,* optometry school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation sent to the program coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Gipp.

    Procedure:

    • Initial phone conversation with Dr. Gipp scheduled when all application materials arrive
    • Selected applicants will be invited for an onsite interview
    • Applicants will be ranked through ORMatch
    • Applicant will be notified of a match through ORMatch

    Requirements for completion

    1. Submission of a poster of paper to the AAO meeting or national meeting.
    2. One paper of publishable quality done by the end of the residency (Clinical case report, retrospective study, etc.)
    3. Performance to the satisfaction of the residency coordinators & preceptors
    4. Completion of the required lecture for Optometry Department
    5. Receiving satisfactory evaluations by residency coordinators throughout the residency.
    6. Attendance at scheduled continuing education and/or case conferences.
    7. Seeing adequate number of patients to satisfy the goals of the program.
    8. Engaging in Interprofessional Education throughout Residency
    9. Completion of Quality Improvement Project with QI Department

    Additional Information
    Gundersen Eye Department's residency webpage

    Gundersen Global Partners Vision Trips to Nicaragua

    • Participation is highly encouraged, but not required
    • Residents will have an opportunity to travel with Gundersen Eye Care Team consisting of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians and Assistants, Opticians, and volunteers to provide eye care to underserved populations near Matagalpa, Nicaragua for one week.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Jennifer Gipp or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Huntington VAMC Ocular Disease Residency, Huntington, WV

    Huntington VAMC Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Huntington VA Medical Center
    Optometry, 123
    1540 Spring Valley Drive
    Huntington, WV 25704

    Program Coordinator
    David Johnson, O.D.
    Email: David.Johnson3@va.gov
    Phone: (304) 429-6755 ext 3697
    Fax: (304) 429-6755 ext 7592

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    12 months

    Number of Positions
    Four

    Salary and Benefits

    • $31,965
    • Insurance: health and life
    • Full liability coverage
    • 13 days annual leaven
    • 13 days sick leave
    • Additional days may be granted for educational purposes

    Site Specific Additional Prerequisite
    United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.

    Additional Information
    The optometric residency program at the Huntington VA Medical Center offers an intense program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and systemically-related ocular disease. Residents provide direct care to patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis as well as on consultative service within the Medical Center. In addition to clinical training, the residents participate in educational conferences including fluorescein and OCT conference, disease conference and weekly lectures. Residents also gain valuable medical experience by rotation through hospital specialty services—which usually includes internal medicine, surgery, neurology, labs/pathology, cardiology, and radiology.

    The Eye Clinic is comprised of eleven examination rooms, including a laser procedures room and additional space for low vision services. All examination rooms are fully equipped with lensometer, autorefractor, computer, and a full range of ophthalmic equipment. Ancillary equipment includes slit lamp photography, optical coherence tomographers, Humphrey visual field analyzers, A- and B-scan ultrasonographer and fundus camera.

    The residents function independently as well as with the attending staff and students. They are given their own examination rooms, computers and dedicated office space. They have full access to clinic equipment, reference materials, and all Medical Center facilities.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. David Johnson or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN

    IU School of Optometry Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Indiana University School of Optometry
    Atwater Eye Care Center
    744 E. Third St.
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Residency program in Ocular Disease is to provide advanced competency in eye care in the areas of ocular disease and primary care, through education, patient care and scholarship. Upon completion of the program the resident will be qualified to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical proficiency in the treatment and management of ocular and associated systemic conditions. The resident will also receive training, which will serve to prepare them for careers with emphasis in ocular disease management and as an optometric educator.

    Program Coordinator
    Brett J. King, O.D., FAAO
    Email: kingbrj@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 855-1344

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    June 23, 2017–June 30, 2018 (53 weeks)

    Number of Positions
    One

    Weekly hours expected
    50+ hours including Saturdays, some Wednesday evenings, and on call

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
    • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
    • Tax saver benefit
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • Travel Stipend
    • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Residency Goals

    1. To provide the highest quality of ocular disease care utilizing currently accepted standards of care, techniques, and technology.
    2. To provide advanced clinical training in ocular disease, including the diagnosis and management of ocular conditions, the management of ocular emergencies and trauma, while also gaining exposure to primary care optometry.
    3. To expose the resident to didactic and teaching experiences which will serve to prepare the resident for careers in advanced areas of optometric practice and/or academics.
    4. To provide the resident with the opportunity to learn about and participate in clinical research in ocular disease.
    5. To stimulate a commitment to service in the resident with active participation in activities such as VOSH international.
    6. To provide administrative support commensurate with the needs of the program and the resident.
    7. To provide adequate record-keeping to help document the performance of the program in meeting the above goals and objectives, as well as any other basic record-keeping requirements of the program.

    Send letter of intent, CV, transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to:

    • Dr. Brett King
    • Indiana University School of Optometry
    • 800 Atwater Ave
    • Bloomington, IN 47405

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Brett King or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • John Kenyon American Eye Institute, New Albany, IN

    John Kenyon American Eye Institute Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    John Kenyon American Eye Institute
    519 State St
    New Albany, IN 47150

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Residency program is to provide advanced training in the area of Ocular Disease and Ocular Surgery with an emphasis on Refractive Surgery. This will be accomplished through patient care and scholarly pursuits. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be competent in the knowledge and skills to allow them to pursue placement in professional opportunities such as combined OD/MD practices or referral centers. They will also receive training to allow them to pursue optometric educational opportunities as well.

    Program Coordinator
    Steve Wilson, O.D.
    Email: swilson@johnkenyon.com
    Phone: (812) 258-3007

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    53 weeks
    June 25 start date

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $50,000
    • Health insurance - individual coverage provided
    • Liability insurance and credentialing - provided
    • Vacation - 10 days PTO over and above clinic holidays
    • Dental, Life, and Disability insurance - voluntary
    • CE allowance, licensure fees, and professional organization fees – up to 3,000

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    Yes

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Steve Wilson or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Lexington VA Medical Center, Lexington, KY

    Lexington VAMC Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Lexington VA Medical Center
    2250 Leestown Road
    Lexington, KY 40536

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Optometry Residency Program at the Lexington Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is to provide advanced competency in Primary Care to recent optometry graduates through direct patient care and management along with education and scholarly development within a multi-disciplinary setting.

    Program Coordinator
    Ashley Rone, O.D.
    Email: ashley.rone@va.gov
    Phone: (859) 233-4511 ext 3604
    Fax: (859) 281-3934

    Co-Coordinator
    Tara Foltz, O.D.
    Email: tara.foltz@va.gov
    Phone: (859) 233-4511 ext 3652

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    12 months
    July 1 start date

    Number of Positions
    Four

    Salary and Benefits

    • $31,965
    • Insurance: health and life
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • 13 days annual leave
    • 13 days sick leave
    • Authorized absence granted for educational purposes

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Additional Information
    The optometry residency at the Lexington VA Medical Center focuses on advanced competency in the clinical skills and scholarly development of the resident by exposing the resident to direct patient care enhanced by lectures, conferences, presentations, and consultation with other medical services. The resident will become proficient in ocular disease diagnosis and management, in addition to comanaging systemic conditions that have ocular manifestations. The resident will also attend weekly Grand Rounds and Fluorescein conference with the University of Kentucky's Department of Ophthalmology during the academic year, which includes opportunities to participate in the department's sub-specialty clinics as well. The resident will participate in daily morning education with the optometry staff and students.

    The Lexington VA Medical Center is a dual-division medical center. The Leestown Road campus, which was established in 1931, accommodates the Optometry Clinic and is on the west side of Lexington. The Optometry Clinic occupies almost 5,000 square feet in newly renovated space, which includes nine examination lanes, a clinic conference area, and four specialty testing rooms for equipment such as a retinal camera, OCT, two Humphrey visual field analyzers, and a modest variety of contact lens and low vision fitting equipment. In addition to primary care examinations, the Optometry Clinic also provides low vision outpatient blind rehabilitation services to visually impaired veterans and vision therapy services to combat veterans with a history of polytrauma or traumatic brain injury.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Ashley Rone, Dr. Tara Foltz, or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • University of Kentucky Medical Center - Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Lexington, KY

    University of Kentucky Medical Center Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    University of Kentucky Medical Center
    Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    E 300 Kentucky Clinic/740 South Limestone Drive
    Lexington, KY 40536-0584

    Mission Statement
    The Residency Program in Ocular Disease at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (UK) provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in the treatment and management of ocular disease in an acute care, hospital based setting that results in the attainment of advanced competencies in clinical eye care. Residents completing the program are uniquely qualified to deliver and coordinate eye care in a hospital or multi-disciplinary setting.

    Program Coordinator
    Kristen Piery, O.D.
    Email: kristen.piery@uky.edu
    Phone: (859) 323-5867

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    12 months

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $30,000
    • Medical insurance
    • $500 travel allowance (includes continuing education)
    • Full liability insurance coverage

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Weekly Hours Expected
    40 hours, Monday–Friday, 8:00–5:00 p.m.

    Additional Information
    The ocular disease residency at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is designed to provide the optometric resident with a wide range of clinical experience in the treatment and management of ocular disease. The department provides outpatient and consultative ophthalmology services to the Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY. Sub-specialty care is provided in the areas of retina, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, and cornea. The optometry service provides primary care and serves the University of Kentucky faculty, staff, employees and their dependents.  The optometry resident will have a limited volume of primary care patients and provide coverage for our Urgent Care Clinic (walk-ins), as well as frequent consultation with the sub-specialties listed above. Residents will be expected to attend weekly fluorescein conferences, grand rounds, and other lectures/presentations presented by the ophthalmology faculty. A case presentation or other ocular disease presentation is expected by the optometric resident to the ophthalmology faculty at UK and at the IU residency conference. No on-call duties are currently required.

    Our facility is located in the heart of the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY. The 10,000 square-foot eye clinic contains 21 examination lanes, two minor operating rooms, on-site ophthalmic lasers, digital fluorescein system; Humphrey automated visual field instruments, Orbscan corneal topography, and OCT imaging system. Access to the University medical library and all campus resources are made available to residents.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Kristen Piery or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology, Charlottesville, VA

    University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology Ocular Disease Residency—Accreditation Pending

    Location
    University of Virginia
    Department of Ophthalmology - West Complex
    2nd Floor Old Medical School Building
    1300 Jefferson Park Ave
    Charlottesville, VA 22908-0715

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the University of Virginia Optometry Residency is to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular conditions involving systemic disease. The residency program will emphasize co-management with other medical subspecialties and Contact lens. The resident will be exposed to a variety of corneal and refractive error conditions requiring simple and complex contact lens fits. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in a range of didactic activities. Through patient exposure, experience, and mentoring, the resident will improve competency in clinical decision making.

    Program Coordinator
    Evan J. Kaufman, O.D.
    Email: ek2cz@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
    Phone: (434) 982-0070
    Fax: (434) 924-5180

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    12 months
    July 1 start date

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $34,000
    • Health Coverage
    • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Paid Vacation

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    Yes

    Typical Weekly Hours and After-hours Responsibilities:

    • 168 General Clinic days (~14 days / month)
    • 12 Optional days (1 days / month) in subspecialty clinics or surgery
    • 44 Day of Specialty Contact Lens Clinic (1 days / week)

    The resident is required to be present for clinic between 8:00–5:00 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.

    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. 

    Requirements of Completion:

    1. The resident must work a minimum of 224 days.
    2. The resident must keep a record of patient encounters, diagnoses, level of case complexities, and CPT and ICD-10 codes. 
    3. The resident should show an increase in competency set by the goals of the program. The resident should have a better understanding of the management of ocular disease secondary to systemic conditions.
    4. Display proficiency in clinical decision-making,  show ability to properly communicate with other medical specialists and attend all scholarly activities such as lectures, continuing education courses and grand rounds
    5. Complete all case report write up throughout the year.
    6. Attend residency activities given by the sponsored optometry school
    7. Receive written approval of completion by the residency director.

    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.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please email Dr. Evan J. Kaufman with any questions or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

Pediatric Optometry Residency

  • Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN

    Indiana University School of Optometry Pediatric Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Indiana University School of Optometry
    Atwater Eye Care Center
    744 E. 3rd Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Mission Statement
    Provide advanced competency in the areas of pediatric optometry, and binocular vision to optometry graduates. This will be accomplished through education, direct patient care, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

    Program Coordinator
    Katie Connolly, O.D.
    Email: ksconnol@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-0976

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    June 23, 2017–June 30, 2018 (53 weeks)

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
    • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
    • Tax saver benefit
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • Travel Stipend
    • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Residency Goals

    1. To provide the resident with training and clinical experience in primary, specialized and complicated pediatric optometry cases including infant vision.
    2. To provide the resident with training and clinical experience in diagnosing and management of binocular vision disorders, including the use of vision therapy.
    3. To provide the resident with training and clinical experience in diagnosing and management of visual information processing disorders, including the use of vision therapy.
    4. To provide the resident with experience in clinical and didactic instruction of students in a professional program.
    5. To increase the resident’s confidence and skill in the management of adult primary care optometry and emergency eye care.
    6. To provide the resident the opportunity to learn about and participate in clinical research in binocular vision disorders and/or pediatric optometry
    7. To stimulate a commitment to service in the resident through school vision screening program and participating in health fairs
    8. To prepare the resident for professional careers with an emphasis in the areas of advanced pediatric optometry and binocular vision disorders. These practitioners should be equally comfortable pursuing careers in academia or private practice.

    Application Process and Deadline
    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited school or college of optometry within the United States should apply through the Optometry Residency Match Program (ORMatch) by February 1, 2017

    Send letter of intent, CV, transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to:

    • Katie Connolly, O.D.
    • 744 East 3rd Street
    • Bloomington, IN 47405

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Connolly or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

Primary Care Residencies

  • Danville VA Medical Center - Illiana Health Care System, Danville, IL

    Danville, IL VAMC Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Danville VAMC
    Illiana Health Care System
    Optometry Clinic (112)
    1900 E. Main Street
    Danville, IL 61832

    Program Coordinator
    Guadalupe Mejia, O.D.
    Email: guadalupe.mejia@va.gov
    Phone: (217) 554-5321
    Fax: (217) 554-4861

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    12 months
    July 1 start date

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $32,018
    • Insurance: health and life
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • 13 days annual leave
    • 13 days sick leave
    • Authorized absence granted for educational purposes

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    Yes

    Additional Information
    The optometry resident has been an integral part of the Danville VAMC multidisciplinary health care team since its inception in 1986. The resident is expected to manage his/her own patients, supervise optometry externs,  participate in continuing education programs, and will complete  interdisciplinary rotations in internal medicine, pharmacy, radiology, urgent care, and podiatry. The resident also sees patients in low vision and specialty contact lens clinics. 

    The VA Illiana Optometry Clinic, located in Danville, Illinois. Danville is close to Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, plus just over one hour west of Indianapolis, two hours south of Chicago, and three hours east of St. Louis. The Optometry service consists of three full time optometrists, two optometry externs, and three full-time technicians. Most of the patients have ocular manifestations of systemic disease. The optometry clinic currently has seven complete lanes and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including digital anterior and posterior segment photography, Humphrey visual field, A and B-scan ultrasound equipment, Heidelberg Spectralis HRA+ OCT, as well as in-house lab, CT, MRI, and surgical/medical support staff.  VA Illiana residents also work closely with the ophthalmology service for surgical observations and post-operative co-management of patients. 

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact us to set up a telephone interview or, even better, a personal visit to our facility. Please call (217) 554-5403 or email Dr. Mejia or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN

    Indiana University School of Optometry Primary Care Residency—Accredited

    Location
    Indiana University School of Optometry
    Atwater Eye Care Center
    744 E. 3rd Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program at the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO) is to provide advanced competency in primary care optometry to recent optometry graduates through education, direct patient care experience and management, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

    Program Coordinator
    Patricia A. Henderson, O.D., F.A.A.O.
    Email: henderso@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 855-4387

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    June 23, 2017–June 30, 2018 (53 weeks)

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
    • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
    • Tax saver benefit
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • Travel Stipend
    • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    No

    Residency Goals

    1. Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients in the Indiana University School of Optometry Clinics, with emphasis in Primary Care Optometry.
    2. Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, including an external rotation at the IU Health Center Eye Clinic, provision of emergency eye care services at the IUSO Atwater Eye Care Center, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility.
    3. Acquire proficiency in the use and interpretation of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
    4. Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents with used to manage and treat ocular disease.
    5. Clinical and didactic instruction of optometry students including clinical supervision in the Primary Care Service and the IU Health Center Eye Clinic.
    6. Present lectures in the Grand Rounds Course and Case Conference Seminar and co-facilitate weekly Case Conference Seminar for IUSO Fourth Year OD students.
    7. Completion of one paper of publishable quality by the end of the program.
    8. Submission of patient log through Meditrek System and activities log.
    9. Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to Primary Care Optometry.
    10. Participate in optometric community service activities, with the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Henderson or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

  • Indianapolis Eye Care Center, Indianapolis, IN

    Indianapolis Eye Care Center—Accredited

    Location
    Indianapolis Eye Care Center
    501 Indiana Ave, Ste 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program at Indianapolis Eye Care Center is to provide advanced proficiency in Primary Care Optometry through education, direct patient care experience, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

    Program Coordinator
    Dr. Anna Bedwell, O.D., F.A.A.O.
    abedwell@indiana.edu
    Phone: (317) 321-1486

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    June 23, 2017–June 30, 2018 (53 weeks)

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
    • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
    • Tax saver benefit
    • Full liability insurance coverage
    • Travel Stipend
    • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)

    Therapeutics
    Yes

    Ophthalmology Service
    Yes

    Description
    The Primary Care residency is a 53 week program designed to provide intensive clinical experience in primary eye care and ocular disease. The resident will be primarily responsible for direct patient care seeing comprehensive exams, acute and chronic eye disease and fitting contact lenses. The resident will learn to use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. For the second half of the residency, the resident will serve as a clinical consultant for fourth year optometry students a minimum of three half days per week. The resident will be involved in 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. Submission of a poster abstract to national meeting, like the Academy, is expected. There will be opportunities to participate in optometric community service and the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip. The resident will also be given the opportunity to interact with and observe a variety of ophthalmologic sub-specialists throughout the year.

    Resident Responsibilities

    1. Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients in the Indiana University School of Optometry clinics, with emphasis in primary care optometry.
    2. Learn and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including the latest digital imaging systems and computer technology.
    3. Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, provision of emergency eye care services at the IUSO Eye Care Clinics, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility.
    4. Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat ocular disease.
    5. Present lectures during journal club meetings, CE and seminars with the interns
    6. Opportunity to participate in clinical research.
    7. Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to primary care optometry.
    8. Attend continuing education classes and seminars.
    9. Participate in optometric community service activities, with the option of participating in humanitarian mission trips.
    10. Actively participate in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations.
    11. Provide clinical instruction to fourth year optometry students including clinical supervision in the primary care clinic and during various health screenings throughout the year.

    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) and periodically leading journal club meetings.
    4. The resident must receive at minimum satisfactory evaluations by residency supervisors at the final quarterly review.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Anna Bedwell or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon

  • OSSIP Optometry PC, Indianapolis, IN

    OSSIP Optometry PC Primary Care Residency—Accredited

    Location

    Primary:
    OSSIP Optometry PC
    316 W. 161st Street
    Westfield, IN 46074

    Secondary:
    OSSIP Optometry PC
    14540 Prairie Lakes Blvd. North, Suite 100
    Noblesville, IN 46060

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program Ossip Optometry and Ophthalmology is to provide advanced competency in Primary Care Optometry to recent optometry graduates through education, direct patient care experience and management, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

    Program Coordinator
    Natalie E Corey, O.D.
    Email: corey@ossip.com
    Phone: (317) 867-0555

    Director of Residencies
    Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
    Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
    Phone: (812) 856-1964

    Length of Program
    53 weeks
    June 26 start date

    Number of Positions
    One

    Salary and Benefits

    • $35,000
    • Health Coverage
    • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Vacation

    Program Description
    The Primary Care Residency is a 53-week program designed to provide intensive clinical, teaching, and research experience in Primary Care Optometry. Academic leadership and communication skills will be emphasized through case presentations, scholarly writing, and lectures.

    The Residency begins 1 week prior to July 1st. The residency activities will consist of clinical consulting with fourth year student interns at the Westfield clinic and independent patient care at both clinics. The Resident will also be required to be on-call for one two week period during the year of their residency.

    The resident will spend two full days and two half days per week in clinic with one of the co-coordinators seeing patients independently in a primary care setting. The focus of these encounters will be to build the resident’s primary care skills, including the diagnosis and treatment of refractive conditions and accommodative conditions, the fitting of specialty contact lenses, the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of ocular pathology and the ability to make proper and prompt referrals to external healthcare providers. Two half days per month will be spent in observation of the site’s resident ophthalmologist in the care of his patients. One half-day per week will be spent in didactic pursuits, such as preparation of lectures and academic papers or research projects. The last half-day per week will be spent in conference with the residency coordinator.

    When a fourth year optometry intern is present in the clinic, the resident will be expected to assume the role of clinical educator and will supervise the intern’s clinical encounters, help the intern to develop appropriate assessments and plans, and provide feedback regarding patient care. The resident will also be expected to meet with the intern and Externship coordinator for a case conference once per week.

    Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities

    1. 50+ hours, including Saturday mornings; one two-week period of after hours on call duty
    2. Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients at two clinics of Ossip Optometry and Ophthalmology with emphasis in Primary Care Optometry.
    3. Learn and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including the latest digital imaging systems and computer technology.
    4. Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, including observation of our resident ophthalmologist, provision of emergency eye care services at the Westfield and Noblesville clinics, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility.
    5. Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat ocular disease.
    6. Clinical and didactic instruction fourth year optometry students including clinical supervision at the Westfield clinic and case conference review with the intern.
    7. Present lectures to the Ossip Optometry and Ophthalmology doctor group and to the Central Society of the IOA.
    8. Participate in clinical research in contact lens or anterior segment related conditions, including the completion of a research paper or poster, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the program.
    9. Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to Primary Care Optometry.
    10. Attend continuing education classes and seminars.
    11. Participate in optometric community service activities, namely Ossip Optometry and Ophthalmology’s Annual Day of Giving event.
    12. Actively participate in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations.

    Requirements for Completion
    An academic project is required, and a paper or poster 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, and will be written with the assistance of the Residency Advisor. It is encouraged that this paper be submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. At least one half day per week will be set aside to complete this task.

    Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit
    Please contact Dr. Natalie Corey or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.