If there is one thing that makes us unique, it’s our clinic.
Your experience at Illinois Eye Institute will prepare you incredibly well for any patient you will treat as a Doctor of Optometry. In the IEI, you will experience new and challenging cases every day — whether basic eyecare or rare diseases.
You will serve a community in need
We are in Chicago and on the South Side for a reason: this is where we can have the biggest impact. Here you will not only read about sight-threatening conditions but see them in real life every day in the clinic.
Be ready to treat just about anything
Becoming the doctor you were meant to be takes a lot of hard work. We have many clinical resources to ensure that you have what you need to succeed at every stage in your optometric journey.
Four Years in Clinic
Clinical Assistant Program
We get you into clinic your very first year. You'll start with clinic observations during fall quarter and during your Spring quarter will participate in the examination of patients alongside third years in Primary Eyecare.
In your second year, you’ll put the skills you’ve learned into action and perform a complete eye exam on your own!
After working with a partner during the fall and winter quarters, in spring quarter you will preform eye exams on your own.
Patient Care Program
You will spend third year in Primary Eyecare and specialty clinics. In Primary Eyecare, you will build on your last two years of experience while rotating through Vision Rehabilitation, Cornea/Contact Lens, Pediatrics, and Glaucoma units at the Illinois Eye Institute.
Specialty Rotation (Cornea / Contact Lens)
Clinical Methods & Procedures IV
Your fourth year is all clinical. This is the year that will help you define what you really want to do as an optometrist when you graduate. Students rotate through the IEI and speciality externships.