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Jennifer S. Harthan, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor; Chief, Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence

Phone: 312-949-7137

Why ICO?

ICO provides superior didactic and clinical education to all students. The technological advances and the diversity in the coursework and patient population offer students a well-rounded education; so they are well-prepared for practice once they graduate.


Dr. Harthan received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Bethel College in Minnesota in 2002 and her optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2006. She completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at ICO in 2007, joining the faculty after completion of her residency. Throughout her clinical experience, Dr. Harthan has also worked in private practice and hospital-based settings and continues to work in private practice part time. Dr. Harthan is currently an attending optometrist/assistant professor in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence of the Illinois Eye Institute.

Dr. Harthan also is chief of the Urgent Eyecare Service where she works with both students and residents. She has received several awards for her clinical work and has presented numerous research projects/case reports at meetings throughout the year. Dr. Harthan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and actively involved with the American Optometric Association as a committee chair for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Harthan is experienced with a wide variety of contact lens fittings, including specialty lenses. Dr. Harthan is not only passionate about her career but also believes her patients deserve the best care.


Special Interests
Corneal diseases and contact lenses, urgent eye care, anterior segment disease

2007 Illinois College of Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses Residency
2006  Illinois College of Optometry, OD
2002 Bethel University, BS


2008-present Glenview Vision Care
2007-present Illinois College of Optometry

Awards and Honors

2013 Fourth Year Clinical Faculty of the Year
2010-2013 Illinois College of Optometry Research Symposium Award
2007 Dr. George Mertz Travel Award
2007 Robert D. Newcomb Leadership Award

Professional Organizations

Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Member, AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, College of Optometrists in Vision Development


Harthan J, Reeder R Peripheral ulcerative keratitis in association with sarcoidosis. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2013 Dec;366(6):313-17.

Harthan J. Therapeutic use of mini-scleral lenses in a patient with Graves’ ophthal-mopathy. J of Optom2013.

Harthan J, Borgman C. Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus-Induced Oculomotor Nerve Palsy. J of Optom. 2012 Sept.

Eiden SB, DeNaeyer GW, Brafman S, Harthan JS, Davis R. Using advanced technologies for contact lens fitting. Contact Lens Spectrum. 2012 Aug.

Opitz D, Harthan J. Review of Azithromycin Ophthalmic 1% Solution (AzaSite®) for the Treatment of Ocular Infections. Ophthalmology and Eye Diseases. 2012;4:1-14.