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Navjit K. Sanghera, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry; Ocular Disease Curriculum Coordinator

Navjit K.




Why ICO?

I believe that ICO is the ideal optometry school for prospective students for many reasons. The highly qualified faculty strive to provide a nurturing environment to students and embody true passion for the field of optometry. This can be seen in the ongoing research projects, publications in prominent optometry journals, awards and academic affiliations. The courses, laboratories and clinic all prepare the student clinician so that they are able to practice at the highest scope once they have graduated and entered their professional careers. The clinic provides exposure to a challenging patient population at the Illinois Eye Institute and access to state-of-the-art equipment, both of which also prepare the future optometrist well. Finally, Chicago is one of the best cities in the world. Having the opportunity to obtain an optometric degree with all the conveniences of home in such an amazing city is a combination that cannot be surpassed.


Dr. Sanghera earned her optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry in 2006. She completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007. She then joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2006 until January 2011, providing care to veterans and active duty military members and their families. In 2011, Dr. Sanghera became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and returned to ICO as a full-time faculty member. She is an active member in the clinic and laboratories.

Special Interests

Traumatic Brain Injury, Primary Eye Care, Ocular Disease


2007 Illinois College of Optometry, Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency
2006 SUNY College of Optometry, OD
2002 University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, BS


2006-2007, 2011-present Illinois College of Optometry
2007-2010 Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Awards & Honors

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association


Sanghera, N.K., J. Patel, E. Wyles, Y.Pang, L. Messner, C. Morettin “The validity of ocular health testing of tele-optometric eye examinations in a young adult population”. Optometric and Visual Performance. 

Randhawa, H.R, H. McLeod, V. Kattouf, Y. Pang, N.K. Sanghera “Binocular vision and accommodative testing in the tele-optometric comprehensive eye examination in a student population”. Optometric and Visual Performance.

EKC - Clinical Cases in Eyecare (textbook) - Ocular Trauma - Clinical Cases in Eyecare (textbook) - accepted for publication June 2018. 

Sanghera, N.K. “Developing Military Cultural Competency to Better Serve Those Who Have Served Us for the Optometric Provider”. Optometric Education. 

Sanghera, N. K., Baas, E. A., Bakkum, B. W., Foreman, K., & Beckerman, S. Sports Vision Evaluation Findings in an Elite Athlete Population. Optometric and Visual Performance. 

Baas, E. A., Sanghera, N. K., Bakkum, B. W., & Beckerman, S. Test-Retest Reliability on the Wayne Saccadic Fixator in Professional Soccer Players. Optometry and Visual Performance. 

Capó-Aponte JE, Tarbett AK, Urosevich TG, Temme LA, Sanghera NK, Kalich ME. Effectiveness of a computerized oculomotor vision screening in a military population: A pilot study. 

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2012; 49(9): 1377-98. Capó-Aponte JE1, Urosevich TG, Temme LA, Tarbett AK, Sanghera NK. Visual dysfunctions and symptoms during the subacute stage of blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury. Military Medicine, 04 July 2012; 177: 804-813. 

Sanghera NK, Newman TL. Cytomegaloviral retinitis from chronic immunosuppression following solid organ transplant surgery. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 30 April 2010; 93:4:261-263. 

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