Professional Optometry Degree Program (OD)


After completing the Doctor of Optometry Program graduates may wish to further their clinical expertise by completing a residency in a specialty area. Residencies allow graduates to focus and expand their knowledge in a specific area of Optometry. Residency programs offer the opportunity to treat many challenging cases with guidance from top clinicians who are experts in the field.

“My decision to do the cornea and contact lenses residency at IU is the best decision I made, coming out of optometry school. Everything from the faculty, facilities, patient experiences and other opportunities are top notch and the education I have gained in the twelve short months here is invaluable!” states Kevin Cassar, O.D.

Residencies provide the graduate with a level of expertise that expands their career opportunities. These opportunities may include interdisciplinary practices, clinical and hospital settings, as well as teaching opportunities in schools and colleges of optometry.

The Indiana University School of Optometry offers residencies in the areas of Contact Lenses and Cornea, Ocular Disease, Binocular Vision/Pediatrics, and Primary Care. The School also offers affiliated residencies in Primary Care and Ocular Disease located in Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Indiana University directs all residencies through the office of Steven A. Hitzeman, O.D., F.A.A.O., Director of Residencies, School of Optometry, Indiana University, 800 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-3680; (812) 855-4979. For information or applications, please contact the individual program coordinator or the office of the director of residencies. Information can also be found at the school’s Web site.

IU School of Optometry Residencies

Cornea and Contact Lenses
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405-3680
(812) 855-5446
Program Coordinator: Susan Kovacich, O.D., skovach [at] indiana [dot] edu
Positions Available: 1

Ocular Disease
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405-3680
(812) 855-5941
Program Coordinator: Jane Ann Grogg, O.D., F.A.O.O. jgrogg [at] indiana [dot] edu
Positions Available: 1

Pediatric Optometry
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405-3680
(812) 856-1964
Program Coordinator: Don W. Lyon, O.D., F.A.A.O., dwlyon [at] indiana [dot] edu
Positions Available: 1

Primary Care
IU School of Optometry
803 N. Monroe Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 855-1671
Program Coordinator:  Patricia Henderson, O.D., henderso [at] indiana [dot] edu
Positions Available: 1

Guanajuato, MX
Centro de Rehabilitacion Visual
Hacidenda de Silao #900
Fraccionamiento La Hacienda Carr.
Gto.Silao Cuota
Silao, Gto, Mexico 36100
Dr. Jennifer Page, jgpage [at] indiana [dot] edu
Positions Available: 1

IU-Affiliated Residencies

Ocular Disease
Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers
4010 Dupont Circle
Suite 380
Louisville, KY 40201
(502) 895-0040
Director: Lee Peplinksi, O.D. drp [at] eyecenters [dot] com, admin [at] eyecenters [dot] com
Positions Available: 1

Ocular Disease
Huntington VA Medical Center
Optometry Service (123)
1540 Spring Valley Drive
Huntington, WV 25704
(304) 429-6755 x 2696
Program Coordinator: Matthew G. Cordes, O.D., Matthew.Cordes [at] [dot] gov
Positions Available: 3

Ocular Disease
University of Kentucky Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
E 309 Kentucky Clinic
740 S. Limestone Drive
Lexington, KY 40536-0284
(859) 323-5867 X 259
Program Coordinator: Cliff M. Caudill, O.D., Cmcaud2 [at] email.uky [dot] edu

Positions Available: 1

Primary Eye Care
Illiana Health Care System
1900 E. Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 554-4587
Program Coordinator: Stephen Boyer, O.D., Stephen.Boyer [at] med [dot]
Positions Available: 1

Lexington VA Medical Center
12250 Leestown Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511
Dr. Michelle Chen Lynch, MichelleLynch [at] va [dot] gov
Positions Available: 3

Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Wang Vision Institute
1801 West End Avenue Ste 1150
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 321-8881
Program Supervisor: Helen Boerman, O.D., drboerman [at] wangvisioninstitute [dot] com
Positions Available: 1

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