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Neil R. Hodur, OD


Phone: 312-949-7159
Office: 2027

Neil Hodur
Neil Hodur

Dr. Hodur is a 1975 ICO graduate and has been a full-time member of the faculty for 35 years. He is currently a professor and is responsible for ophthalmic optics and physical optics education. Dr. Hodur is a member of the Cornea and Contact Lens faculty and is actively involved in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence at the Illinois Eye Institute.

I joined the ICO faculty in July 1975, right after graduating. My career goals were to be involved in education, to remain current in all aspects of optometry, and to participate in the private practice of optometry. Over the years, I have developed a love for education. The challenge that education brings is something that fits my mindset. I strive to understand concepts so I can explain them to someone who may not be familiar with the topic area. Breaking down complex topics, especially optics, down to a level where basic understanding is possible is a passion of mine. Using basic topics in optical understanding and building to more complex systems is the goal I set for teaching. ICO has given me the opportunity to develop my education philosophies in optics along with the freedom to educate students in a way that I see as necessary for optometric skills.


Contact lens fitting and design, optical systems and design, anterior eye disease


1975  Illinois College of Optometry, OD
1971  St. Procopius College, BS


1975-1995, 1997-present  Illinois College of Optometry
1996-1997  Pacific University College of Optometry
1995-1996  National Eye Research Foundation
1975-80, 1982-89, 1990-96 private practice

Awards and Honors

Teacher of the Year (10 times)
Golden Apple Award (4 times)

Professional Organizations

Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE)


2 Patents for contact lens design, 1998 and 2002

Ophthalmic Optics Manual I and II, ICO 2012

Geometrical Optics Manual I and II, ICO 2007

Geometrical Optics CD, ICO 2004

Identification of Rigid Contact Lens Materials with Index of Refraction, International Contact Lens Clinic, Sept 1991

Streak Retinoscopy, with Fors, and Guyton, Welch Allen, 1991

Disposable Lens Safety: The Reproducatbility Factor, with Wodis and Jurkus, International Contact Lens Clinic, April 1990

One Man’s Tribute to Dr. E.R. Tennant, ICO Image, December 1989

Infants and Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Forum, August 1987

Long Term RGP Wear: Less Harm than PMMA?, with Hurwitz, Hurd, and Jurkus, Contact Lens Forum, December 1985