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Patricia Salazar, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry; Specialty Care Educational Coordinator





Why ICO?

ICO provides an exceptional didactic and clinical experience for students. Faculty are dedicated to serving a diverse patient population and shape students into well-rounded clinicians. ICO’s reputable history in iconic Chicago make it an ideal location to live in and learn optometry.


Dr. Salazar graduated from the University of California – Davis and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2010. She served as an active duty optometrist in the United States Navy from 2010 to 2014 and remains an active member of the United States Navy Reserve where she holds the rank of Commander. She started at ICO as a staff optometrist in 2015 and transitioned to the role of Assistant Professor in 2020. She spends her time working in lab with 1st year students as well as with 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students and residents throughout their IEI clinical rotations.

Special Interests

Ocular Disease, Primary Care


2010 New England College of Optometry, OD

2005 University of California – Davis, BS


2015-present Illinois College of Optometry

2014-2015 Spex Optical, Inc.

2010-2014 United States Navy

Awards & Honors

2014, 2017, 2019 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry 

Member, American Optometric Association 

Member, Illinois Optometric Association 

Member, Armed Forces Optometric Society


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