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Samantha Dodda, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry





Why ICO?

As a longtime Illinoisan and former ICO student, Chicago is home. ICO does a great job in providing students with the best in every aspect of their optometric education: didactic preparation, hands-on experience in labs, and unparalleled clinical exposure. The Illinois Eye Institute allows students, faculty, and patients to stay at the forefront and participate in early adaptation of academic advancement, clinical research, and medical innovation within eye care.


Dr. Dodda received her bachelor’s degrees at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in chemistry and liberal arts, with minors in biology, psychology, philosophy, and communications. She then pursued her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed her residency in Primary and Comprehensive Care at the Indiana University School of Optometry, focusing on anterior segment disease, dry eye treatment and management, and ocular emergency services.

Prior to returning to Chicago, Dr. Dodda practiced at an OD/MD tertiary care practice in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the co-management of anterior segment disease and surgery.

She is currently a full-time faculty member, clinical attending, and works with students in lectures and labs.

Special Interests

Anterior Segment Disease, Dry Eye, Primary Care, Urgent Care, Pathology, Pharmacology


Primary Care Resident

Indiana University School of Optometry

Bloomington Indiana

June 2020-July 2021

Doctor of Optometry

Illinois College of Optometry

Chicago, IL

August 2016-May 2020

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Minors: Biology, Psychology, Philosophy, and Communications

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

August 2012-May2016


June 2023 - present: Illinois College of Optometry

August 2021-May 2023: Advanced Vision Care, Los Angeles, CA

June 2020 - July 2021: Indiana University School of Optometry

Awards & Honors

2020 E. Richard Tenant Memorial Scholarship

2020 Faculty Scholarship

2021 Indiana University School of Optometry Clinical Consultant of the Year

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Optometry - Fellow

American Academy of Optometry Anterior Segment Section - Member/Diplomate Candidate

American Academy of Optometry Comprehensive Eye Care Section - Member/Diplomate Candidate

Merton C. Flom Leadership Academy 2022-2023

World Council of Optometry - Optometry Program in Advocacy and Leadership Class of 2022

American Board of Optometry - Diplomate 2021

Gold Key International Optometric Honors Society


Nau CB, Dodda S, Hodge DO, Schornack MM. Quadrant-Specific Changes in Corneal and Tear Fluid Reservoir Thickness for After 2 Hours of Wear. Eye Contact Lens. 2021 Nov 1;47(11):582-587. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000808. PMID: 34673669.

Muriel Schornack, Samantha Dodda, Cherie B Nau; Changes in Corneal Parameters Associated with Scleral Lens Wear. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.2018;59(9):1787.

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