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Renee Reeder, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor; Ocular Disease Curriculum Coordinator

Phone: 312-949-7297

Why ICO?

Amazing clinics and patients.


Dr. Reeder graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. She did her residency in cornea and contact lenses at Indiana University before joining the faculty at ICO in 1997. She holds the rank of associate professor and serves as chief, Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. While at ICO, she developed the contact lens residency program and has been recognized with Dean’s awards for cutting-edge teaching and for excellence in leadership. Her classroom responsibilities include lecturing on eyelid disease, medical microbiology and assisting with contact lens and physical diagnosis laboratories. In addition, to lecturing to students, Dr. Reeder is active in research and continuing education in the areas of dry eye, keratoconus, and specialty contact lenses. She is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. Dr. Reeder is past president of the Westmont Lions Club. She has been honored for her community service with a 2008 Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow; as one of Illinois Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young People of 2009; and as a District 1-J Golden Lion Award for 2010.

Special Interests

Dry eye, keratoconus, specialty contact lenses


1997  Indiana University School of Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lens Residency
1996  University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, OD
1992  University of Georgia, BSA


1997-present  Illinois College of Optometry

Awards and Honors

2010  District 1-J Lions Golden Lion Award
2009  Illinois Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young People
2008  Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators


Jedlicka J, Malooley MM, Reeder RE. Semi-scleral applications for healthy eyes. CL Spectrum 26(10):34-42, 2011.

Reeder RE. Purevision 2HD: early experience with a new silicone hydrogel lens. Refr Eyecare. Mar 2011, 22-23.

Reeder RE. Seeing in hi-def. Optometric Management. Dec 2010.

Reeder RE, Kattouf V. Succeeding with kids and contact lenses. Optometric Management. Nov 2010.

Reeder RE. Daily Disposable Lenses: A Look Back and Ahead. CL Spectrum, April 2010.

Reeder RE. What the ocular surface can tell you if you listen. CL Spectrum, Oct 2004.

Chaglasian E, Mathes M, Reeder RE. Comparison of ORBSCAN and ultrasound pachymetry measurements in keratoconic corneas? Optometry accepted with revisions.

Reeder RE, Sears J, Hodur NR. Developing and meeting entry to practice criteria for a contact lens rotation. Optom Ed 30(3):73-79, 2005.

Reeder RE. What the ocular surface can tell you if you listen. CL Spectrum 19(10): 49, 2004.

Reeder RE, Boyce PJ, Mika RO. The performance of two different hydrogel lenses in symptomatic dry eye patients. ICLC vol 27(2000):47-51, 2001.

Reeder RE, Mika RO. Ectropion secondary to bolus injection of 5-fluorouracil. Optometry 72(2):112-116, 2001.

Reeder RE, Pate JR, Snyder C. Effectiveness and efficiency of RGP lens modification with various polishes. ICLC 23(2):67-71, 1996.

Hartel PG, Reeder RE. Effects of drought and root injury on plant-generated CS2 emissions in soil. Plant and Soil 148(2):271-276, 1993.