Arol Augsburger, OD


President

Email: aaugsburger@ico.edu
Phone: 312-949-7700
Office: 2203

Arol Augsburger, OD
Arol Augsburger, OD

Dr. Augsburger is the fifth president of the Illinois College of Optometry. He previously served in academic and administrative positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at the Ohio State University. He is the only person to have been named the Optometrist of the Year in three states, and also be named the National Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association.

ICO offers the best in clinically focused optometric education. It is a privilege to lead such a dynamic institution.

Education

1971 The Ohio State University College of Optometry, OD
1971 The Ohio State University, MS
1969 The Ohio State University, BS

Experience

2002-present Illinois College of Optometry Professor of Optometry, President
2000-2002 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Interim Provost
1994-2000 University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry, Dean
1994-2002 University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry, Professor of Optometry
1989-1993 The Ohio State University, College of Optometry, Professor of Clinical Optometry

Awards and Honors

2008  Distinguished Service Award by American Optometric Association
2007  Illinois Optometric Association Illinois Optometrist of the Year 2007
2005  Illinois Optometric Association Keyperson of the Year 2005
2001  Carel C. Koch Award from American Academy of Optometry
2000  Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award from the National Academies of Practice
2000  Alabama Optometrist of the Year Award from Alabama
1993  H. Ward Ewalt Medal for Service to Optometry by Optometric Educators, Inc.
1992  Distinguished Service Award by Optometry Alumni (Society)
1992  Outstanding and Special Service Award by the Ohio Optometric Association
1986  Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association
1985  Warren Morris Optometrist of the Year by the Ohio Optometric Association
1976, 1982, 1986  Herbert G. Mote Distinguished Faculty Member Award
1971  Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award for Original Research in Physiological Optics

Professional Organizations

Alabama Optometric Association (1994-2002)
Member, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, American Public Health Association, Vision Care Section Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Member, Economic Club of Chicago
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
National Board of Examiners in Optometry (1994-2000)
Member, Ohio Optometric Association
Vice Chairman, Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
Board of Directors, Jackson Park Hospital Foundation
Near South Planning Board, Chicago
Optometry Historical Society
Rotary Club of Chicago/Rotary #1 (President 2008-2009)
Rotary Club of Birmingham Sergeant at Arms (1995-2002)
Chair, Southern Council of Optometrists (1994-2002; Awards Committee 1997 – 2002)

Publications

Augsburger, A.R. (2011). Dr. John Streff: ICO Foundations. Journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. 42 (2),71.

Laskin, Daniel M., Augsburger, Arol, Hawkins, Joellen, Olson, Patricia, Rice, Angie, Soloway, Michele, Ball, Jane W. (2001, January). Journal of National Academies of Practice, Interprofessional Health Care Research: Recommendations of the National Academies of Practice Expert Panel on Health Care in the 21st Century, 33.

Augsburger, Arol R., Newcomb, Robert D. (2000, May). Henry Buckland Peters, OD, MA, FAAO, 1916-2000. Optometry and Vision Science. 77 (5), 224.

Moore, B.D., Augsburger, A.R., Ciner, E.B., Cockrell, D.A., Fern, K. Optometric clinical practice guideline: Care of the patient with Hyperopia, Reference Guide for Clinicians. American Optometric Association, 1997.

Good, Gregory W., Weaver, Jeffrey, & Augsburger, Arol. (1996). Determination and application of vision standards in industry. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 30, 633-640.

Augsburger, Arol. (1996). A celebration of the life of Glenn Ansel Fry, September 10, 1908-January 5, 1996. Optometry and Vision Science. 73 (4), 223-224.

Augsburger, A.R., Reidenbach, F., & Elkins. R. (1993). Practice characteristics of male and female ODs. Optometric Economics. Vol. 3, No. 2, 32-33.

Augsburger, A.R. & Escovitz, A. (1992). Survey of the continuing needs of Ohio optometrists. Journal of Optometric Education. Vol. 17, No. 2, 41-47.

Escovitz, A. & Augsburger, A.R. (1991). Survey of the continuing education needs of Ohio health care professions: An interdisciplinary approach. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Vol. 11, No. 2, 139-153.

Rockwell, T. H., Augsburger, Arol, Smith, Stanley W. and Freeman, Scott (1988): The Older Driver – A Challenge to the Design of Automotive Electronic Displays. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting 1988. pp. 583-587.

Good, G.W. & Augsburger, A.R. (1988, May). Role of optometrists in combating high blood pressure. Journal of the American Optometric Association. 60 (6), 352-355.

Good, G.W. & Augsburger, A.R. (1987, March). Uncorrected Visual Acuity Standards for Police Applicants. Journal of Police Science and Administration. Vol. 15, No. 1, 18-23.

Good, G.W. & Augsburger, A.R. (1986, June). Use of alcohol gaze nystagmus as a part of roadside sobriety testing. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 63, No. 6.

Augsburger, A.R. (1983). Analysis of optometric practices in Ohio. Journal of Optometric Education. 16-18.

Augsburger, A.R. (1982, April). Clinical tonometric measurement comparing seven non-contact tonometers. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 59, No. 4, 342-345.

Augsburger, A.R. (1980). Optometric record review in a teaching clinic. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 51, No. 12, 1085-1088.

Augsburger, A.R., Sheedy, J.E., & Schoessler, J.P. (1979, August). Reflectance of visual acuity screens. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 56, No. 8, 531-537.

Alexander, K.L. & Augsburger, A.R. (1977, May). Four clinical techniques in cup/disc ratio estimation. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 48, No. 5, 645-648.

Augsburger, A.R. & Terry, J.E. (1977, January). Comparison of NCT Mackay – Marg and age. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 54, No. 1.

Fry, C.F. & Augsburger, A.R. (1976, June). Microfiche for self-study of ocular pathology. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 51, No. 6, 429-432.

Walby, M.A., Augsburger, A.R., & Polasky, M. (1975). Clinical tonometric measurements comparing three non-contact tonometers. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. Vol. 52, 414-418.

Augsburger, A.R., Fry, C.F., & Hill, R.M. (1974, August). Bridging the gap between classroom and clinic. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 45, No. 8, 954-958.

Augsburger, A.R. & Reardon, P.L. (1974, February). Maximizing funduscopic examination. Part II Direct versus indirect ophthalmoscopy. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 45, No. 2, 185-188.

Reardon, P. L. & Augsburger, A.R. (1973, December). Maximizing funduscopic examination Part I, Technique in direct ophthalmoscopy. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 44, No. 12, 1232.

Augsburger, A.R., Hill, R.M., & King, J.M. (1972, October). Quantifying the distribution of lactic acid dehydrogenase in the corneal epithelium with oxygen deprivation, II Usefulness in evaluating the oxygen permeability of new contact lens materials. American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. American Academy of Optometry. Vol. 49, 859.

Augsburger, A.R. & Hill, R.M. (1972, September). Corneal anesthetics and epithelium oxygen flux. American Medical Association Archives of Ophthalmology. Vol. 88, 305.

Augsburger, A.R. & Hill, R.M. (1972, June). How toxic are topical anesthetics to the cornea? American Journal of Optometry & Physiological Optics. Vol. 43, No. 6., 657-658.

Hill, R.M., Augsburger, A.R. (1971). Oxygen tensions at the epithelial surface with a contact lens in situ. American Journal of Optometry & Physiological Optics. American Academy of Optometry, Vol. 48, 416-418.

Uniacke, C.A., Augsburger, A.R., & Hill, R.M. (1971). Epithelial swelling with oxygen insufficiency. American Journal of Optometry & Physiological Optics. American Academy of Optometry, Vol. 48, 565-568.

Augsburger, A.R., Hill, R.M. (1971, January). Contact lens mass: The most elusive design feature. Journal of the American Optometric Association. Vol. 42 (1), 78-82.

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