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Alaina Bandstra, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry; Biomedical and Vision Sciences Curriculum Coordinator





Why ICO?

As a student at ICO, I valued the academic standards upheld by the college as well as the clinical complexity provided at the Illinois Eye Institute. Joining the ICO community as a faculty member has allowed me to continue learning as both a scholar and an educator.


After earning her bachelor's degree at Trinity Christian College, Dr. Bandstra received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She continued her education at ICO, completing a residency in pediatric optometry and binocular vision. Following her residency at ICO, Dr. Bandstra practiced in the private sector for three years at a family practice in Chicago with an emphasis on pediatric eye care and vision therapy. She now works full time at ICO as an Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Department while also seeing patients in private practice one day a week.

Special Interests

Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Vision Therapy, Myopia Control


Trinity Christian College

Illinois College of Optometry


Lyons Family Eye Care (Chicago, IL)

SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery (Chicago, IL)

Awards & Honors

Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, Member

Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, Member

Tomb and Key Honor Society, Member

Dr. Henry J. Luckhardt Memorial Award

Beta Sigma Kappa Medal

Clinical Excellence Award

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

Member, American Optometric Association

Member, Illinois Optometric Association

Member, College of Optometry in Vision Development


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