Dr. Schlange joined the ICO faculty in 1965 following a residency in children’s vision. He has sustained an active didactic and clinical teaching commitment throughout his career at ICO and provided a leadership role in many areas, with emphasis on development of the pediatric and binocular vision curriculum and clinical services. He developed an Eye Movement Lab with an active research program. He was a key faculty member developing the clinical programs for pediatric, infant and developmentally disabled patients. He began a three-year speaking program to 100 area schools and organizations, with a goal of enhancing educators’ understanding of vision and learning and services optometrists could provide to facilitate this. He has demonstrated a commitment to the profession through active participation in local, state and national optometry groups including AOA and IOA. In the 1980s, he was the HEW Liaison for Midwest Region 5 for developing federally funded programs for optometrists, including Medicare. He was a founding father of Beacon Therapeutic School for children with learning and behavioral disorders. He is active in mentoring groups fostering an appreciation of learning, community service and support for special needs people. During these years, he has sustained a passion and love for teaching and patient care, mentoring and supporting thousands of ICO students and graduates.
ICO has an excellent academic and clinical program, providing graduates with the knowledge and clinical skills required for comprehensive eye care in all medical setting. Top board scores and extensive post-graduate opportunities are outcomes that attest to this exceptional program. Student life has many social and enrichment opportunities on-campus and also within the city of Chicago. Life-time learning is a reality at ICO with the many post-graduate and alumni programs.