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!