Dr. Winters is a 1991 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. After graduation, she completed a residency in geriatrics and rehabilitative optometry at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, she is an associate professor of optometry at ICO, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. She practices in both the Primary Care and Low Vision clinics as well as teaches the didactic portion of the color vision curriculum. She is medical director of the Vision of Hope Health Alliance. Through the Vision of Hope Health Alliance, low-income uninsured adults can receive eye care and referral for general medical care. Her research interests include characterization of the low-income uninsured population seeking eye care through VOHHA, acquired and inherited color vision deficiencies, motion sickness among visually impaired individuals, and the association between long-anterior zonules and smoking.
When I reflect on my time as a student and faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry, I think about the resources that ICO has to promote learning not only among students, but also continued learning among faculty. ICO has an excellent library and many nationally known speakers on a wide range of topics. The ocular and systemic conditions typically encountered in ICO/IEI’s clinic program are varied and challenge not only students but faculty as well. On a personal note, I think ICO is a caring place. I see examples of this in our interactions with patients and also in the interactions of staff, students and faculty. There are many examples of the positive impact that is made within ICO as well as the external community be serve. I often am contacted regarding ICO’s programs for uninsured patients because there are such limited local resources for so many of these individuals.