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Valerie Kattouf, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry; Chief, The Dr. Robert and Lena Lewenson Center for Pediatric and Binocular Vision





Why ICO?

ICO is in my heritage. The love I have for ICO was passed on to me from my father an ICO grad. ICO is unique for delivering the highest level of clinical education. I have been at ICO for nearly 25 years and continue to be challenged by the patient care and in awe of what I learn daily. ICO delivers the highest quality education within a warm and family atmosphere that is part of the DNA. ICO is my family and truly the best career one could dream of.


Dr. Valerie M. Kattouf is an Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she teaches in the classroom and clinic, works with residents, and conducts clinical research. She is also Chief of the Dr. Robert and Lena Lewenson Center for Pediatric and Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago. 

In addition to teaching at the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Kattouf is a proud alum. After graduating from ICO, she completed a residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the State University of New York Optometric Center.

Now, with years of clinical experience in the areas of infant and toddler vision care, strabismus and amblyopia, and concussion and adult binocular vision disorders, Dr. Kattouf lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kattouf is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and the College of Optometrists in Visual Development (FCOVD).

Special Interests

Pediatrics, Refractive Error, Concussion


1996 SUNY College of Optometry, Pediatric/Binocular Vision Residency
1995 Illinois College of Optometry, OD
1992  Illinois College of Optometry, BSVS
1991  Miami University of Ohio, BS


2008-present MAXIMUS Consulting
2002-present  Independent medical Expert Consulting Services
2001-present Pediatric Specialty Unit, University of Chicago Ophthalmology and Visual Science Section
1997-present Illinois College of Optometry
2001-2004 The Laser Center
1997-2000  Family Eyecare Associates
1996-1997  Beth Israel Medical Center
1996-1997  Gateway School for the Learning Disabled
1995-1997 SUNY College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

2002 Young Optometrist of the Year, Illinois Optometric Association
1995 Alumnus of the Year Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1995 Dr. Henry J. Luckhardt Memorial Award
1995 Charlotte Potter Memorial Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1995 Sunsoft Contact Lens Achievement Award, Illinois College of Optometry
1994-1995 Tomb & Key Honor Fraternity, Illinois College of Optometry
1994 Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry
1992-1995 Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity, (President 1995)
1991 Anonymous Alumni Scholarship, Illinois College of Optometry

Professional Organizations

Member, American Academy of Optometry  

ACOE BV SIG committee  

Member, American Optometric Association  

Member, College of Optometrists in Vision Development

Member, Illinois Optometric Association

Member, American Optometric Student Association    

Member, Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity  


Comprehensive Vision Care In Urban Communities: The Pediatric Outreach Program – AOA Optometry Journal January 2009 Valerie M. Kattouf O.D. et al

Visual Development, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Pediatric Patient, Robert Duckman 2006 Part III – Chapters : Options in Strabismus / Options in Amblyopia Kattouf, VM., Amblyopia: Diagnosis and Treatment, Contemporary Optometry, Vol 1, No 1.

Steele, GE. , Kattouf, VM “No Tears” Pediatric Optometry: Introducing Student Clinicians to Infant Exams, Optometric Education, Winter 2002

Kattouf, VM, Book Review – Eye Care for Infants and Young Children (Moore, BD), Optometry and Vision Science July 2000 : 77 : 342-343

Kattouf, VM. Steele, GE. Visual Perceptual Skills in Low Income and Rural Children. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. Summer 2000; 31 : 71-75

Steele, GE, Kattouf, VM. Blood Lead Levels and Vision, Optometry 4, April 2000 : 217-219

Kattouf, VM Grand Rounds Feature: Case #1. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. 1998 ; 29: 74-77

Kattouf, VM. Alexia without Agraphia: A Disconnection Syndrome. Journal of Optometric Vision Development. 1996 ; 27: 236-242

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