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Yi Pang, OD, PhD, FAAO

Professor of Optometry; Associate Dean for Research





Why ICO?

When I came to ICO for a job interview, I loved this institution right away, and I still love it seven years later. Patient care at ICO is outstanding. My passion is in clinical teaching and clinical research, both need good patient care. If students are looking for a good clinic experience and want to be good clinicians, ICO is your place!


Yi Pang, O.D., Ph.D. Professor Associate Dean for Research Illinois College of Optometry USA Dr. Pang is the Associate Dean and professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, USA. Dr Pang is active in didactic teaching, clinical teaching, and research. Dr. Pang is an attending optometrist in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision service at the Illinois Eye Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of amblyopia, strabismus, myopia, and binocular vision function. Currently, she leads several NIH funded multi-center amblyopia studies, myopia control studies, and other research projects. She has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications and abstracts. In addition, Dr. Pang is in the editorial boards of numerous prestigious journals and is an active reviewer for many top journals. Dr. Pang is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Special Interests

Dr. Pang is an attending optometrist in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision service at the Illinois Eye Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of amblyopia, strabismus, myopia, and binocular vision function.


2005 New England College of Optometry, OD
2003 University of Alabama at Birmingham, PhD
1999 Shandong Medical University, Ophthalmology Fellow
1996 Shandong Medical University, MD


2005-present Illinois College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

2006 Best article award, Optometry & Visual Development

Professional Organizations

Board member of Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness 

Advisory Committee: National Center for Children Vision and Eye Health

American Optometric Association
Illinois Optometric Association
American Academy of Optometry
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
International Society for Eye Research


Pang, Y., Sparschu, L, Wang, J. Repeatability of an Automated ETDRS Contrast Threshold Measurement. Ophthal. Physiol. Opt. 2021 Apr 29. doi: 10.1111/opo.12829.

Wang, J., Jin, J., Pang, Y., Yin, K., Allen, M. Grigorian, A. Intense versus standard regimens of intermittent occlusion therapy for unilateral moderate amblyopia in children: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trial. 2020, 21:361.

Pang, Y., Sparschu, L., Nylin, E. Validation of an automated-ETDRS near and intermediate visual acuity measurement. Clinic Exp. Opt. 2020, Sep;103(5):663-667.

Pang, Y., Ren, Z, Wang, J. Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Utilization of Benefits of Eye Care and Primary Care Examinations. PLOS ONE. 2020; 15(11): e0241475.

Pang, Y., Sparschu, L., Nylin, E., Wang, J. Validation of An Automated ETDRS Low-Contrast Letter Acuity Test. Optom Vis Sci. 2020 May;97(5):370-376.

Deng, L., Pang, Y. Effect of Outdoor Activities in Myopia Control: Meta-analysis of Clinical Studies. Optom Vis Sci. 2019 Apr;96(4):276-282.

Wang, J., Jin, J., Pang, Y. Feasibility of Monitoring Objective Compliance with Intermittent Occlusion Therapy Glasses for Amblyopia Treatment. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2019. 23(4): 205.e1-205.e5

Wang, X., Pang, Y., Wei, R. The influence of overnight orthokeratology on ocular surface and meibomian gland dysfunction in teenagers with myopia. J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jan 21; 5142628.

Pang, Y., Allen M, Frantz, KA. Contrast Sensitivity of Amblyopic Eyes in Children with Myopic Anisometropia. Clinical and Experimental Opt. 2019 Jan;102(1):57-62.

Speilburg, A., Teitelbaum, B., Pang, Y. Symmetry of Peripheral Retinal Nonperfusion by Ischemic Index. J Optometry. 2018;11(4):262-267.

Leong, D., Pang, Y., Messner, L. Visual Structure and Function in Contact Sport Athletes. Journal Neuroophthalmol. 2018 Sep;38(3):285-291.

Dodick, D., Starling, A., Pang, Y., Messner, L. The Effect of the King-Devick Reading Acceleration Program on Reading Fluency and Comprehension: A Summary of Randomized Clinical Trials. Vision Development & Rehabilitation. 2017;3(4): 217-218.

Yang, J, Wang, X, Zhang, H, Pang, Y, Wei, RH. Clinical evaluation of surgery-induced astigmatism in cataract surgery using 2.2 mm or 1.8 mm clear corneal micro-incisions. Int. J. of Ophthal. 2017 Jan 18;

Pang, Y., Frantz, K.A. Comparison of Heidelberg Retina Tomograph with Disc-Macula Distance to Disc Diameter Ratio in Diagnosing Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Ophthal. Physiol. 2016; 36: 317–323.

Deng L, Pang Y. The role of outdoor activity in myopia prevention. Eye Sci 2015;30(4):137-139.

Pang, Y., Frantz, KA., Roberts, D. Ocular Characteristics of Patients with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Ophthal. Physiol. Opt. 2015, 35(5):570-6.

Leong, D., Pang, Y. Case Series of Oculomotor Training using King-Devick Remediation & Elementary School Reading Fluency Outcomes. Vision Development & Rehabilitation. 2015, 1(2), 130-4.

Ho, J., Pang, Y. Effect of Refractive Error and Anisometropia Magnitude on Amblyopia Treatment Outcome. JSM Ophthalmology. 2015, 3(1):1028, 1-6.

Pang, Y., Gabriel, H., Frantz, KA. Effect of Near Work on Binocular Vision Measurements in Young Adults with Convergence Insufficiency. Optom Vis Performance. 2015, Feb, 3 (1), 27-31.

Pang, Y., Frantz, K.A., Block, S., Goodfellow, G., Allison, C. Effect of Amblyopia Treatment on Macular Thickness in Eyes with Myopic Anisometropic Amblyopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015, 56(4):2677-83.

Frantz, KA, Pang, Y. Unilateral Optic Nerve Hypoplasia with Relative Amblyopia Secondary to Anisometropia. Optom Vis Performance. 2014, Dec, 2(6), 297-301.

Leong, D., Messner, L., Pang, Y. The Effect of Saccadic Training on Early Reading Fluency. Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 (5), 1-7.

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