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James Hunter

Adjunct Clinical Professor

Dr. James E. Hunter



  • BS–1974 (Indiana University)
  • O.D.–1976 (Indiana University School of Optometry)

           In 1977 Dr. Hunter became a full time Assistant Professor of Optometry at Indiana University when he established and became Clinic Director of the IU Optometry Clinic - Indianapolis , the first  School of Optometry training clinic outside of Bloomington. In 1979 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry ,originated and for over 15 years taught  the School's V 749 Applied Ocular Therapeutics course and lectured in the School's  Ocular Disease courses.  Dr. Hunter is Board Certified by the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. He is an active member of the Indiana Optometric Association and received that organization's President's Citation Award in 1983 , Distinguished Service Award in 1989, Meritorious Service Award in 1991 and Optometrist of the Year Award in 2011.

  Dr. Hunter has served over 30 years on National Board of Examiners in Optometry ( NBEO ) examination construction committees including Applied Basic Science , Clinical Science , Disease / Trauma , Treatment  & Management of Ocular Disease and LASER skills . 

  As a result of his ophthalmic disease focused area in optometric  education , Dr. Hunter found his teaching endeavors  expand regionally and nationally as a provider of practitioner continuing education via multiple state optometric associations, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. He has directed and taught over 500 hours of ophthalmic disease related continuing education courses.

   While continuing his full time School of Optometry teaching and Clinic Director responsibilities ,in 1981 Dr. Hunter opened an evening and Saturday referral only, consultative private practice limited to ophthalmic disease with an emphasis on glaucoma. As demand for consultation and treatment services grew , in 1984 Dr. Hunter  formed American Eye Management, retained a part time ophthalmic surgeon and added laser and intraocular surgery to available secondary care services. With increased demand for these services ,in 1987 Dr. Hunter left his full time Indiana University faculty position to establish Eye Specialists of Indiana and the Surgery Centers of Eye Specialists of Indiana ,an even larger optometric referral medical and surgical practice .  

   In 2004 Dr. Hunter was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Optometry Board, the division of Indiana's Professional Licensing Agency that regulates the practice of optometry in Indiana.  He was reappointed to this position by Governor Daniels in 2008 and again appointed to the same position by Governor Mike Pence in 2012.  As a national extension of this governmental position, Dr. Hunter has been the Indiana delegate to the national Association of Regulatory Boards in Optometry ( ARBO ) since 2004. He served on ARBO's Optometric Continuing Competency Committee and was part of the five man team that initially developed the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Continuing Professional Development in Optometry (CPDO) evaluation and education program. 

   In 2013 Dr. Hunter reduced his Eye Specialists of Indiana responsibilities to one or two days a week and he rejoined the Indiana University School of Optometry faculty as an Adjunct Clinical Professor where he teaches post operative cataract care in the Applied Ocular Therapeutics course he originally established .In addition, he teaches the laser portion of the School's course V740, Advanced Clinical Procedures . He also continues with his Indiana Optometry Board ,National Board of Examiners in Optometry and Association of Regulatory Board positions and responsibilities.