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Cornea and Contact Lenses Residency

Program Site:

University of Houston University Eye Institute



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Anna-Kaye Logan, O.D.  
University of Houston  
College of Optometry  
Houston, Texas 77204-2020  
  Telephone: (713) 743-0384  
  FAX: (713) 743-2053 FAX 
 E-Mail: amlogan@central.uh.edu

Mission Statement:

The residency program in Cornea and Contact Lenses seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of fitting and management of contact lens patients. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide and advanced level of clinical care in cornea and contact lenses, serve as educators and researchers in academic settings and/or serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the area of cornea and contact lenses.

Program Description

This is a one year advanced training program designed to enhance the resident's clinical skills and understanding in contact lens application, lens design, and patient management. The primary emphasis is on clinical care of complicated contact lens patients including keratoconus, post surgical patients, presbyopia, high astigmatism, pediatrics, orthokeratology, scleral lenses and patients requiring prosthetic lenses. The program also includes extensive therapeutic experience through the emergency on call service and interaction with ophthalmological subspecialists within the UEI Medical Service and at off campus medical offices. In addition, teaching experiences in clinical as well as seminar, lecture, and laboratory formats will be provided. 

Length of Program: 53 weeks
Starting date of program: June 22, 2020
Cost of tuition to resident/graduate student: None
Thesis Requirement: Yes
Salary /Stipend: $38,000
Date Program Established: 1983
Hours of attendance at College: The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments;with up to 47 hours including On-call responsibilities. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks.
  1. Health benefits
  2. Retirement program
  3. Vacation
  4. Sick leave
  5. Financial support to professional meetings
  6. Institutional malpractice insurance
  7. Access to University courses, and continuing education offered by the College.

Accreditation Status:

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Educational Opportunities:

The resident will have supervised direct patient care experiences in both contact lens and medical clinics. Participation in research and/or graduate courses which are related to the field of interest is encouraged. Attendance and participation in faculty and resident seminars and clinical grand rounds is required. The resident will also supervise third and fourth year student clinicians who are providing patient care and interact with ophthalmologists who serve as clinical faculty of the University Eye Institute. 

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student:

The resident may have direct clinical teaching responsibilities supervising third and fourth year professional students in the Contact Lens Service as skills develop. In addition, laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care procedures, medical procedures, and/or contact lens procedures will be required. Presentation of seminars is also expected. 

Research Responsibilities:

The resident, under the guidance of his/her advisor, will select a research project; clinical investigation, laboratory investigation, or extensive library research. A written report suitable for publication in an optometric journal is required.

Completion Requirements

  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care.
  2. The resident is required to keep a log of patient names and associated information.
  3. The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements specific to their program. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality.
  4. The resident is required to deliver three rounds-style presentations.
  5. The resident is required to successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.
  6. The resident is required to successfully complete all teaching assignments.
  7. The resident must attend required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.
  8. The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, rotations, seminars, their Program Coordinator, and the exit interview.
  9. The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing all requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of the Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident.

Curriculum requirements in hours:

5 day work week between 43 to 47 hours per week; including after hours on-call.

  1. Doctor of optometry degree (OD) from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry
  2. Two letters of reference from clinical faculty members
  3. Copy of all optometry transcripts
  4. Curriculum Vita and a letter of intent
  5. Pass all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the residency
  6. A State of Texas Optometry license (completion of testing prior to beginning of program)

Apply through ORMatch and submit application materials to:

Cristian Loayza
University of Houston
College of Optometry
4901 Calhoun Rd. 
Houston , TX 77204
 (713) 743-1990
  (713) 743-2046