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Mallory McLaughlin, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry; Practice Readiness Curriculum Coordinator





Why ICO?

ICO has a fantastic, supportive, and collaborative culture. It inspires an environment of lifetime learning and passionate patient care. I am excited to contribute to the school that made possible a career that I love, and to help shape the future of our profession: our amazing students.


Dr. McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and an attending optometrist at the Chicago Lighthouse. She sees patients in the Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging, the Primary Care Glaucoma Unit, Advanced Care, and Urgent Care.

Outside of work, Dr. McLaughlin enjoys spoiling her rescue dog, international solo travel, and volunteering.

Special Interests

Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about glaucoma treatment and research, co-management of cataract surgery, low vision rehabilitation, equity in health care, and effective patient communication. She teaches the Visual and Physical Optics and Communications courses and is the curriculum coordinator of Practice Management Education. She is on the board of the Faculty Council.


2012 University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelors of Science in Biology

2016 Illinois College of Optometry - Summa Cum Laude

2017 Jesse Brown and Hines VAMC- Ocular Disease and Low Vision Residency


2017-present Illinois College of Optometry - Assistant Professor

2017-present The Chicago Lighthouse- Attending Optometrist

2017-2019 Jesse Brown VAMC- Attending Optometrist

Awards & Honors

2016 Wiliam Feinbloom Low Vision Student Award

2016 Richard Tenant Memorial Scholarship

2016 Gold Key International Honors Society

2016 Tomb and Key Honors Society

2016 Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society

Professional Organizations

Fellow- American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

Illinois Optometric Association

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity


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