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Eyeball 2023

We're sure that more than a few students kept their sights on Eyeball while slogging through their winter exams. This year it was held at the Geraghty. 


Lauren Van der Reyen ’25 won this year’s student quizbowl. A nice pair of cat ears accompanied her trophy pictures. 

Practice Opportunities Symposium

Our 26th annual Practice Opportunities Symposium was held on March 31, 2023. No event so clearly shows the diversity of career opportunities in the field of optometry, and we were happy to see so many curious faces ready to learn more from our alumni. 

Record Number of Students at ARVO

This year, ARVO welcomed more ICO students than ever before! Eight students, alongside faculty mentors, presented their work at the premier research conference for vision and ophthalmology. Students from every class year presented to an international crowd.

Summer Research Program

Congratulations to Tracy Burk ’26. She has been selected as this year’s student researcher. In collaboration with Jennifer Harthan, OD ’06, she will spend the summer collecting data and participating in journal club meetings. 

White Coat Project: ICO's Pre-Health Crash Course

We have now officially held two pre-health crash courses for local college and high school students. These courses include full-day workshops packed with a ton of information. 

Chicagoland High School Visits

With the student application pool becoming tighter and tighter, we know we need to reach students earlier. Now, we are interacting with high school students as well! One of our most recent alumni, Connor Robbs, OD '22 has already hosted six high school groups at ICO. 

Blindspot Reimagined

Many of you may fondly remember your time in the ICO basement in the ’90s. As we mentioned a few issues back, through the generous support of Scott Jens, OD ’91, we have now been able to bring an updated version of this tradition back.

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