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Valerie Kattouf, OD

Associate Professor; Chief, Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service

Phone: 312-949-7279

Why ICO?

My aspirations as a student NEVER included a career in academic optometry. Throughout my years as a student and resident, my teaching skills were fostered and my love of teaching within the optometric profession grew. I felt humbled when asked to join the faculty at ICO in 1997. As a student and as a faculty member, the warmth of the faculty, staff and students at ICO creates a family environment that makes going to work each and every day a joy.


Dr. Valerie M. Kattouf is a 1995 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation, Dr. Kattouf completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at the State University of New York. Dr. Kattouf is currently chief of the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service and a clinical instructor at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kattouf’s career focus is teaching courses in the areas of strabismus and amblyopia and infant and toddler examination skills.

Dr. Kattouf has authored articles in optometric literature and lectured at numerous scientific meetings on the topics of pediatric eye care and strabismus. Dr. Kattouf also is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Visual Development, and a volunteer member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Kattouf was named the Illinois Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2002.

Special Interests
Pediatrics/ Binocular Vision PEDIG Investigator King-Devick Ocular Motor Research

1996  SUNY College of Optometry, Pediatric/Binocular Vision Residency
1995  Illinois College of Optometry, OD
1992  Illinois College of Optometry, BSVS
1991  Miami University of Ohio, BS


2008-present  MAXIMUS Consulting
2002-present  Independent medical Expert Consulting Services
2001-present  Pediatric Specialty Unit, University of Chicago Ophthalmology and Visual Science Section
1997-present  Illinois College of Optometry
2001-2004   The Laser Center
1997-2000  Family Eyecare Associates
1996-1997   Beth Israel Medical Center
1996-1997   Gateway School for the Learning Disabled
1995-1997  SUNY College of Optometry

Awards and Honors

2002  Young Optometrist of the Year, Illinois Optometric Association
1995  Alumnus of the Year Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1995  Dr. Henry J. Luckhardt Memorial Award
1995  Charlotte Potter Memorial Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1995  Sunsoft Contact Lens Achievement Award, Illinois College of Optometry
1994-1995  Tomb & Key Honor Fraternity, Illinois College of Optometry
1994  Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1992-1995 Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity, (President 1995)
1991  Anonymous Alumni Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry

Professional Organizations

Member, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Member, American Optometric Student Association


Comprehensive Vision Care In Urban Communities: The Pediatric Outreach Program – AOA Optometry Journal January 2009 Valerie M. Kattouf O.D. et al

Visual Development, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Pediatric Patient, Robert Duckman 2006Part III – Chapters : Options in Strabismus / Options in Amblyopia Kattouf, VM., Amblyopia: Diagnosis and Treatment, Contemporary Optometry, Vol 1, No 1,

Steele, GE. , Kattouf, VM “No Tears” Pediatric Optometry: Introducing Student Clinicians to Infant Exams, Optometric Education, Winter 2002

Kattouf, VM, Book Review – Eye Care for Infants and Young Children (Moore, BD), Optometry and Vision Science July 2000 : 77 : 342-343

Kattouf, VM. Steele, GE. Visual Perceptual Skills in Low Income and Rural Children. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. Summer 2000; 31 : 71-75

Steele, GE, Kattouf, VM. Blood Lead Levels and Vision, Optometry 4, April 2000 : 217-219

Kattouf, VM Grand Rounds Feature: Case #1. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. 1998 ; 29: 74-77

Kattouf, VM. Alexia without Agraphia: A Disconnection Syndrome. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. 1996 ; 27: 236-242