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Feb 2017

Board of Trustees Welcomes Dr. Nana Owusu

On Friday, February 3, the ICO Board of Trustees voted unanimously to welcome Nana Owusu, OD ’08, to the Board. Dr. Owusu hails from Winnipeg, Canada. Since graduating, he has expanded his practice at Prairie Eye Care to three locations, and offers scholarships to inner city students. Dr. Owusu is deeply connected to ICO. He participates in our Alumni Council, and was recently featured in ICO…

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Jan 2017

Custom Cornea Tech Comes to ICO

After being on a waitlist for three years, the Illinois Eye Institute has added EyePrintPRO services to its Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. EyePrintPRO creates a 3-D model of a patient’s entire ocular surface, giving a truly individualized contact lens fit. The result is a prosthetic scleral cover shell- a solution for keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, dry eye, deformed eyes, and chemical burns. “For patients who have tried and…

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Dec 2016

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

The following students earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the Fall quarter of the 2016-17 school year by achieving a quarterly GPA of 3.5 or better and earning no grade below a B or H (honors) in all third and fourth year patient care courses:


Nov 2016

Dr. Karen Eng Elected Chairman of ICO’s Board of Trustees

For the first time in our 144-year history, the chairman of the Illinois College of Optometry’s board of trustees is a woman. Karen Eng, OD, of North Barrington, Ill., was elected in October. Dr. Eng has been a board member for six years, and succeeds Donovan Crouch, OD, FAAO, who served for three years. In her career, Dr. Eng has focused much of her energy…

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Nov 2016

ICO Prepares for Academy 2016

Students, faculty, alumni, and friends are packing their bags for Academy 2016– the American Academy of Optometry (AAO)’s annual meeting. This year’s event is November 9-12 in Anaheim, California. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for people in the profession to network and learn about the latest developments in optometry, including CE programs, lectures, and scientific research. As the oldest and most popular optometry school in the…

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Oct 2016

Dr. Newton K. Wesley Foundation Supports New ICO Myopia Study

The Illinois College of Optometry has signed an agreement with the Dr. Newton K. Wesley Foundation to support a new research project. ICO will be studying the effects of orthokeratology on slowing the progression of myopia. This study hopes to expand potential application of orthokeratology to a novel population, African American school-aged children.  Lee Wesley, DMin, president of the NKWF, signed the official document at ICO on…

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Sep 2016

Summer 2016 Dean’s List

The following students earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the Summer quarter of the 2016-17 school year by achieving a quarterly GPA of 3.5 or better and earning no grade below a B or H (honors) in all third and fourth year patient care courses:


Sep 2016

2016 Alumni Association Awards Honor Esteemed Optometrists

Homecoming Weekend 2016 included ICO’s annual Alumni Association Awards. Notable alumni were recognized for professional achievement, leadership in education, and excellence in philanthropy. Trophies were presented on Saturday, September 10, at the InterContinental Hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Congratulations to the 2016 ICO Alumni Association Award Recipients: Alumnus of the Year Award Dennis M. Brtva, OD ’84 Young Alumnus of the Year Award Eric A. Baas,…

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Aug 2016

ICO Teachers of the Year and Faculty Scholar Honored at Retreat

At the start of each school year, ICO hosts a 2-day retreat for faculty. The ICO Student Association announced its Teacher of the Year Award recipients at the 2016 event. Congratulations to the following members of our esteemed faculty, chosen by student vote: 1st Year Faculty Award: Ruth Trachimowicz, OD, PhD, FAAO 2nd Year Faculty Award: Michael Zost, OD, FCOVD, FAAO  3rd Year Faculty, 4th Year Faculty, and Golden…

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Jul 2016

Illinois College of Optometry Announces New Practice Management Curriculum

CHICAGO – The Illinois College of Optometry, the nation’s oldest and largest optometry school, announced today a revitalized practice management curriculum in response to the real world needs of the profession. Beginning this fall, the entering class of future optometrists will experience enhanced programming to best prepare students for the business side of optometry. Practice management fundamentals have always been a part of the ICO curriculum,…

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