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Ocular Disease / Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency

ORMatch #15521

Program Site: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center & Hines Hospital, Chicago
Program Coordinator: Charles Kinnaird, OD (
Residency Director: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
Number of Positions: 3
Program Dates: July 1-June 30

Our program offers extensive exposure to the management of ocular disease ranging from medical/surgical through and including low vision rehabilitation. JBVAMC is affiliated with the Illinois College of Optometry and the University of Illinois Medical School.

The ocular disease program at Jesse Brown is located in a joint optometry/ophthalmology eye clinic with shared facilities and equipment. The clinic has twelve general examining rooms, two visual field rooms with threshold and kinetic instruments, a minor suite for surgery, laser (argon & krypton, YAG, SLT) rooms, photography room, electrodiagnosis/ultrasonography & retinal topography suite, eye library, offices, and a conference room.   Full scope optometric and ophthalmologic ser¬vices are provided by seven O.D.’s, three VA opto¬metry residents, four optometry students, seven attending ophthalmologists, two ophthalmology fellows, three ophthalmology residents, and consulting ophthalmology professors from the University of Illinois, Dept. of Ophthalmology.  Residents provide routine eye examinations, visual field interpretation, ultrasonography, complete digital imaging (including OCT, digital fluorescein angiography and fundus photography), experience with ocular prostheses, and ultrasonography (both posterior segment as well as UBM).  Residents gain contact lenses experience with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, aphakia, corneal trauma, s/p PKP, s/p PRK or LASIK and anisometropia , and have access to a variety of gas permeable, hybrid and soft lens diagnostic fitting sets including: Synergeyes KC, A and Clearkone, Dynaintralimbal standard and post-graft, Rose K and Rose K 2, Soper, Cooper Prosthetic and Aphakic lenses, and standard RGP, bitoric and reverse geo lens kits with extensive parameters and power availability.

The low vision part of the program at Hines Hospital is located in the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center. There the optometry residents func¬tion to direct the clinical low vision services that are offered to veterans.  It is based on a multidisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation, where veterans are provided train¬ing with the intent of allowing adjustment to disability and reentry into community life. In addition to the inpatient services an Outpatient Clinic provides low vision rehabilitation services for both partially sighted and legally blind veterans located in the Chicago area.

Clinical conferences, seminars, and rounds take place at JBVAMC, University of Illinois Dept. of Ophthalmology, and the Illinois Eye Institute at the Illinois College of Optometry.  The resident is expected to attend weekly optometric conferences at JBVAMC, and participates in bi-monthly glaucoma & neuro-ophthalmology rounds, monthly retinal rounds and weekly Grand Rounds at UIC Dept. of Ophthalmology. 

For more information:
Charles Kinnaird, OD (
Phone: 312-569-7507