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Janis E. Winters, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry

Janis E.




Why ICO?

When I reflect on my time as a student and faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry, I think about the resources that ICO has to promote learning not only among students, but also continued learning among faculty. ICO has an excellent library and many nationally known speakers on a wide range of topics. The ocular and systemic conditions typically encountered in ICO/IEI’s clinic program are varied and challenge not only students but faculty as well. On a personal note, I think ICO is a caring place. I see examples of this in our interactions with patients and also in the interactions of staff, students and faculty. There are many examples of the positive impact that is made within ICO as well as the external community be serve. I often am contacted regarding ICO’s programs for uninsured patients because there are such limited local resources for so many of these individuals.


Dr. Winters is a 1991 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. After graduation, she completed a residency in geriatrics and rehabilitative optometry at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, she is an associate professor of optometry at ICO, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. She practices in both the Primary Care and Low Vision clinics as well as teaches the didactic portion of the color vision curriculum. She is medical director of the Vision of Hope Health Alliance. Through the Vision of Hope Health Alliance, low-income uninsured adults can receive eye care and referral for general medical care. Her research interests include characterization of the low-income uninsured population seeking eye care through VOHHA, acquired and inherited color vision deficiencies, motion sickness among visually impaired individuals, and the association between long-anterior zonules and smoking.

Special Interests

Primary Care


1995 University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry/Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Rehabilitative and Geriatric Optometry Residency
1991 Illinois College of Optometry, OD
1987 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS


1996-present Illinois College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

2008 Excellence in Education Award

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, American Optometry Association
Member, Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology


Winters JE. Vision related quality of life among urban low-income black seniors participating in an eye care program: effect after new spectacles. Optom Vis Dev. 2011;42(4):228-233.

Winters JE, Pihos AM. Sight for seniors: A summary of findings and challenges providing community-based eye care to low-income seniors. Optometry 2008;79:718-723.

Winters JE, Messner LV, Gable EM, Korajczyk DP. Coordinating eye and primary medical care in a low-income and uninsured population: The experience of the Vision of Hope Health Alliance. Optometry 2008;79:730-736.

Teitelbaum BA, Roberts DK, Winters JE, Castells DD, Alexander CC. Blood pressure control in an African American sample with diabetes mellitus in an urban eye clinic. Optometry 2005;76:653-6.

Roberts DK, Winters JE, Castells DD, Alexander CC, Teitelbaum BA. A cross-sectional study of Krukenberg spindles and pigmented lens striae in a predominately black population: Two highly associated clinical signs of anterior segment segment dispersal. J Glaucoma. 2005;14:57-63.

Winters JE, Frantz KA, Kern RM. Accommodative and Vergence Difficulties Interfering with Image Clarity through a Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope. Optom Vis Sci 2004;81:260-7.

Roberts DK, Winters JE, Castells DD, Alexander CC, Teitelbaum BA. Pigmented striae of the anterior lens capsule and age-associated pigment dispersion of variable degree in a group of older African-Americans: an age, race, and gender matched study. Int Ophthalmol. 2001;24:313-22.

Roberts DK, Lo PS, Winters JE, Castells DD, Alexander CC, Teitelbaum BA. Prevalence of pigmented lens striae in a black population: a potential indicator of age-related pigment dispersal in the anterior segment. Optom Vis Sci 2002;79:681-7.

Winters JE, Frantz KA. Optometry students’ perceptions of observing clinical care. J Optom Ed 2001;26:115-118.

Winters JE, Castells DD, Lesher GA. Variability in Doses Obtained from a Multi-Dose Ophthalmic Solution: A Potential Source of Error in the Assessment of Compliance. Optometry 2001;72:185-8.

Winters JE. Retinitis pigmentosa: distribution of inheritance patterns in a VA blind rehabilitation center population. Clin EyeVis Care 2000; 12:107-112.

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