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Janice M. Jurkus, OD, MBA

Professor; Residency Director

Phone: 312-949-7248

Why ICO?

ICO provides a great clinical experience. Students here see and treat people with eye conditions that many optometrists just read about. It is always great to meet graduates and learn that their experience at ICO prepared them for a successful career in optometry. The excellent didactic education at ICO is reflected in the high board scores achieved by our students.


When not teaching the contact lens and business courses at ICO, Dr. Jurkus teaches nationally and internationally in many countries, including Poland, China, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. Working with students in the Cornea Center for Excellence Clinic, she gets to make people with complex corneal conditions see through the application of specialty contact lenses. Administratively, she works to assure an excellent residency experience for both on- and off-campus residency positions. She also hosted a live television show for eight seasons.

Special Interests
Contact lenses, practice management

Illinois College of Optometry, OD, BSVS
Loyola University, MBA


Illinois College of Optometry
Contact lens industry consultant
Private practice

Awards and Honors
2014 – AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section Achievement Award
Service Award, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee
Excellence in Education Award, ICO Alumni Council
50 Most Influential Women in Optometry
Lester Janoff Award, Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators
Professional Organizations

International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators
Practice Management Educators
Diplomate in Cornea Contact Lens Section, American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academy of Practice


JJurkus Things your eye doctor won’t tell you. Reader’s Digest, 2011

JJurkus, NPence Contact Lens Practice Management, Chapter 30 Business of Optometry third edition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier, 2010

J Jurkus Patient selection for contact lens wear, Chapter 4, Manual of Contact Lens Prescribing and Fitting, MM Hom textbook, Elsevier 2006

J Jurkus, J Sonsino The Many Applications of Tinted Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Specturm, Dec.2001, Pp. 24-29

Jurkus, J.M., Tomlinson, A., Prism Ballasted and Truncated Spherical Trial Lenses as Indicators of Toric Soft Lens Rotation, American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, Janurary 1979, Vol.56, no.1, pp. 16-17