Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Vision Rehabilitation/Low Vision

Program Site:

University of Houston University Eye Institute



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Swati Modi, O.D., F.A.A.O.
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
 Telephone: (713) 743-2577
 FAX: (713) 743-2053
  E-Mail: scmodi@central.uh.edu

Mission Statement:

The residency program in Vision Rehabilitation/Low Vision seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates, and to provide them with advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of low vision rehabilitation. The residency involves the management of patients with visual impairment including central field loss, acquired neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, ocular prosthetics, specialty contact lenses, and other assistive or adaptive technology. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in low vision rehabilitation.

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: 1981
  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:

Supervised patient care experiences in low vision, brain injury vision rehabilitiation and primary care. Additional optional rotations include special populations, contact lenses, ocular disease, occupational therapy and retina. Attendance and participation in faculty and resident seminars, clinical grand rounds and continuing education. Interaction with ophthalmologists who serve as clinic faculty in the Medical Eye Service at the University Eye Institute and in selected outside facilities.

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student:

Laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care procedures medical procedures, and low vision. Optional opportunities include lecture in low vision course and clinical supervision of professional students.

Research Responsibilities:

Participation in ongoing research at the University of Houston. Completion of a paper suitable for publication based on original research or library in the area of rehabilitative optometry.

Curriculum requirements in hours:

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

Criteria for completion:

The resident is required to:

  1. 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. Maintain a log of patient names and associated information.
  3. Complete a paper based on original research or review of the literature, suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal.
  4. The resident is required to deliver three rounds-style presentations.
  5. Successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.
  6. Successfully complete all teaching assignments.
  7. Participate in required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.
  8. Complete all required evaluations of clinical attending doctors, rotations, seminars, residency coordinator, and the exit interview.
  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