Helen M. Gabriel, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry

Helen M.




Why ICO?

ICO provides an excellent education, both clinically and didactically. What you learn in the classroom and the laboratory prepares you well for our challenging patients in all the various clinics of the Illinois Eye Institute. You will have an opportunity to give back to the community through some of our community based programs as well. It’s a great place to interact with a varied student body, faculty and patient population!


Dr. Gabriel received her optometry degree from ICO in 1989 and completed a residency in primary eye care at Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Okla., in 1990. She joined the ICO faculty in 1990 and currently serves as attending staff in the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service, Primary Care Service and the Chicago Public Schools-based community program of the Illinois Eye Institute. She teaches and coordinates the laboratory for part of the optometry sequence (accommodation and binocular vision) as well as the physical diagnosis lecture and laboratory. Dr. Gabriel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an associate member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and a member of the American Optometric and Illinois Optometric Associations.

Special Interests

Pediatrics/binocular vision, primary eye care; research in binocular vision, ocular microbiology, children’s vision


1990 Northeastern State University College of Optometry, Primary Care Residency
1989 Illinois College of Optometry, OD
1979 University of Illinois-Chicago, BS


1990-present Illinois College of Optometry
1985-1989 University of Illinois Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
1979-1985 University of Chicago Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Awards & Honors

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Associate Member, College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Member, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Clinical Optometric Methods and Procedures special interest group
Member, American Society of Clinical Pathology

Professional Organizations

Pang Yi, Gabriel H, Frantz K, Saeed F: A prospective study of different test targets for the near point of convergence. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 2010 30:298-303.

Christine L. Allison, OD., Helen Gabriel, OD., Darrell Schlange OD.: Diagnosing and managing functional visual complications after brain injury Optometry 2008;79:78-84.

Christine L. Allison, OD., Helen Gabriel, OD., Darrell Schlange OD., and Sara Fredrickson OD.: An Optometric Approach to Patients with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Optometry 2007;78:644-51.

Yi Pang, PhD, OD; Helen Gabriel OD, FAAO; Kelly Frantz, OD, FAAO: Effect of Visual Fatigue on Binocular Function in Young Adults with Convergence Insufficiency. Poster presentation at AAO Tampa, Florida 2007.

Kelly M. Daugherty, OD, Kelly A. Frantz, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Christine L. Allison, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Helen M. Gabriel, OD, FAAO: Evaluating Changes in Quality of Life after Vision Therapy Using the COVD Quality of Life Outcomes Assessment. Optometry and Vision Development. vol 38, May 2007.

Gabriel H, Loy K, Scheiffele J, Switak J: Comparison of Microbial Growth on Contact Lenses After Digital Cleaning and Rinsing with a Multi-Purpose Solution Versus Rinsing Alone. Presentation at the American Academy of Optometry Meeting in Dallas, TX, December 2003.

Bachman JA, Gabriel HM: A ten year case report and current clinical review of chronic beta-hemolytic Streptococcal keratoconjunctivitis. J AM OPTOM ASSOC 2002; 73(5):303-310.

Gabriel HM, Polasek A: Prevalence of Contamination of Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents in an Eye Care Facility. Poster to be presented at the American Optometric Association Meeting in New Orleans, LA, June 2002.

Gabriel HM, Gable EM, Sauser K, Rice J: Testing the inhibitory effects of Mascara Life on bacterial growth in mascara. J AM OPTOM ASSOC 2001;72(4):251-256.