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Congratulations, ICO Class of 2012!
We hope you enjoyed your special day. Besides the video highlights, you can also reminisce by viewing the hundreds of graduation day photos available on ICO’s Flickr photostream.
In addition to becoming a doctor of optometry, you are now an alumnus of the Illinois College of Optometry. Be sure to keep in touch with ICO by following us on Facebook and letting us know where you build your career by submitting a change of address form. You now have access to exclusive alumni services and resources, including ICO’s alumni directory, the library and career center to help you connect with ICO and succeed as a new optometrist.
ICO and IOA are hosting an Open House celebration on Friday, June 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is extra special for those of us at ICO because this year also marks the
Schedule of Events
7:00 -7:30 pm
Can’t visit us in June? Then save the date for ICO’s Homecoming, September 7-9, 2012.
Leonard V. Messner, OD, FAAO, is the Vice President for Patient Care Services of the Illinois College of Optometry and serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute.
Dr. Messner holds the rank of Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, and has clinical privileges in the areas of vitreoretinal and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves as the chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry.
He is the author and co-author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters on retina-vitreous and neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and abroad. His areas of research include: optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetic macular edema and visual-motor abnormalities with traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Allen completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision in 2008 and has been working at the Illinois Eye Institute since completion of her program. In addition to working for ICO in the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Department, she also works in Primary Care at the IEI. Dr. Allen participates in the Pediatric Outreach Program, where she provides eye examinations, along with students, to Head Start Preschool children across the city. She is the coordinator of the first-year optometry laboratory course where essential entrance testing is taught. She also is the course lecturer for the second year fall quarter optometry course where near point testing is taught along with an introduction into binocular vision conditions. She is an investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigative Group and is currently working on other research in the areas of traumatic brain injury in correlation with saccadic dysfunction. Dr. Allen is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with the Hispanic and Spanish communities in Chicago.
ICO is a renowned college of optometry known for its excellent clinical education and challenging patient population. The clinicians that graduate from ICO are well prepared for all types of patient encounters upon graduation. They are given excellent training in all different facets of optometry from pediatrics and contact lens to advance care and low vision. ICO is also located in one of our nation’s best cities filled with friendly people, great food, and lots of activity!