Professor; Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program
Dr. Allison received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and received her Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry. She completed a residency program in binocular vision and pediatric optometry at the ICO. She is currently a professor at ICO teaching core courses and laboratories in the pediatric curriculum, and is also the program coordinator of the binocular vision/pediatric optometry residency program. She works with patients at the Illinois Eye Institute, a private practice in Chicago, and at a clinic associated with the Chicago Public Schools.
Dr. Allison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), and an American Academy of Optometry Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry, and a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She is the clinical director for the Illinois Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program, as well as a regional clinical advisor for this program. Dr. Allison is the President-elect for COVD as well as the Illinois Optometric Association. She has published numerous articles, and given many presentations and lectures both nationally and internationally.
ICO is a school that can provide a fantastic clinical education. The diversity of our patients makes every day unique and challenging.
Pediatric optometry, vision therapy, special populations
SUNY College of Optometry, OD
University of Notre Dame, BA
Illinois College of Optometry
2010 The President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Coproration of National & Community Service
2009 Special Olympics 10 Years of Dedication
2008 Advocacy Leadership Award from the AOA Congressional Advocacy Conference
2007 Special Spirit in China Award from Special Olympics
2003 Gold Medal Award from the Special Olympics Illinois
2003 Special Friend Award from the Special Olympics Illinois
2001 College of Optometrists in Vision Development Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Vision
Pang Y, Allison C, Frantz K, et al. A Prospective Pilot Study of Treatment Outcomes for Amblyopia Associated with Myopic Anisometropia. Archives of Ophthalmology 2012 (online Jan. 9).
Pang Y, Goodfellow G, Allison C, Block S, Frantz K. A prospective study of macular thickness in amblyopic children with unilateral high myopia, Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci, 10-5550, Nov 2010.
Allison CL. Proportion of refractive errors in a Polish immigrant population in Chicago. Optometry and Vision Science, Vol 87, No 8, August 2010.
Allison CL, Gabriel HM, Schlange D. Diagnosing and Managing Functional Visual Complications After Brain Injury, Optometry, Vol 79, No 2, February 2008.
Allison CL, Gabriel HM, Schlange D, Fredrickson S. An Optometric Approach to Patients with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Optometry, Vol 78, No 12, December 2007.
Daugherty KM, Frantz KA, Allison CL, Gabriel HM. Evaluating Changes in Quality of Life after Vision Therapy Using the COVD Quality of Life Outcomes Assessment. Optom Vis Dev 2007;38(2):75-81.
Allison CL. Treatment Options for Non-Refractive Conditions, Review of Optometry, May 15, 2005, Vol 142 No 5.
Allison CL. How You Should Examine Infants and Toddlers, Review of Optometry, February 15, 2005, Vol 142 No 2. Re-printed in Canadian Journal of Optometry, January 2006, Vol 68.
Bonilla-Warford N, Allison CL. A Review of the Efficacy of Oculomotor Vision Therapy in Improving Reading Skills, Journal of Optometric Visual Development, Vol. 35, Summer 2004.
Allison CL, Jensen JR. Decreased Perceptual Skills in a Child with Head Trauma, Journal of Optometric Visual Development, Vol. 34, Fall 2003.
Allison CL. Visual Form Constancy- A Genetic Deficit? Journal of Optometric Vision Development, Vol. 33, Fall 2002.
Goodfellow G, Allison CL, Schlange D. Unusual Eye Movements in a Patient with Complex Partial Seizure Disorder, Optometry- Journal of the American Optometric Association, Vol. 73, March 2002.