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Research at ICO

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We have a strong clinical research program that is backed by the amazing patient population we serve. Whether your passion is glaucoma or myopia, you can do research as a student, as a resident and of course as a Doctor of Optometry.

Dr. Newton K. Wesley Research Center

The Dr. Newton K. Wesley Research Center was built to accommodate our ever-growing research department. With it, we will triple the amount of space dedicated to research at ICO.

Opportunities During Every Optometric Year

At nearly every stage of your optometric journey there will be research opportunities for you. You can work with faculty, residents and our attendings on cutting-edge treatments. Not only that, there are awards and fellowships to help fund your research. No matter where you turn at ICO, research opportunities abound.

Research During the Summer

Between your first and second year, you have the summer off. Many students will choose to return home, but there are opportunities on campus as well. The Accelerated Clinical Program and the Summer Research Program allow students to gain an extensive knowledge of optometry during the summer.

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Present your work at national conferences.


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Our institution and ICO leadership have always supported research . . . It’s amazing to see just how robust our research [program] has become. Faculty, residents, students – they all have opportunities to do research.

-Yi Pang, OD, PhD

Faculty Research


The expertise of our professors reaches beyond class and clinic. One of the ways ICO faculty stays engaged in optometry is through research.​ We have over 100 active clinical studies at the moment, including several funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute and other foundations.

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Current Faculty Studies

As one of the largest optometric institutions, our faculty have the opportunity to research a huge variety of topics. Currently we have over 100 active clinical studies. Explore them all and read about research highlights here.

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ICO Research



Illinois College of Optometry

Office of Admissions

3241 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


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