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Welcome Class of 2025

This August our newest class arrived at ICO. They have gone through orientation and participated in ICO Olympics.

Summer Research Program

Summer 2021 saw 4 ICO Students participate in our Summer Research Program. Rachel Breliant ’24 worked on the short-term effect of low dose atropine on vergence;  Manisha Parikh ’24 studied meibomian gland atrophy and dry eye measures in the pediatric population using the keratograph 5M.

ICO Vaccine Clinic

Over the course of the summer and fall, ICO partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health to host several Covid-19 vaccine clinics for our community. 

ICO Website Redesign

Don’t forget to visit in the new year for a completely new website. 

We wanted a website that better reflected the vibrancy and the warmth of our community, and we believe this one does. This site lets you learn about our community through pictures, through video clips, and of course through the words of our wonderful students, faculty and staff.

Welcome New Residents

2021-2022 Residents have been here for nearly six months! They’re teaching, precepting and deepening their knowledge even further. Needless to say, they are on their way to becoming leaders in the field. 

To learn more about life as an ICO resident, check out the Close Up we did on Alyssa Lancaster, OD '21 later in this issue. 

Vision Screenings Throughout Chicagoland

With more and more events happening in Chicago these days, ICO students, faculty, and staff have participated in vision screenings and health fairs both big and small throughout the community.

ICO Voices

Students from so many different backgrounds choose ICO. To highlight the many diverse perspectives, we have launched ICO Voices. ICO Voices provides a platform for students to talk about their experience and their history, and how this has helped them define who they want to be as practicing doctors. 

“So none shall lack for proper care”

In conjunction with a newly redesigned website, we have put together a short film that reflects our values. “So none shall lack for proper care” looks at our commitment to our community, to our patients, and to one another.

America's Best Eye Doctors

Congratulations to our own Leonard Messner, OD, and to the 10+ ICO alumni and residents who made Newsweek's list of top optometrists in the US.

Newsweek's criteria included doctors who had earned the most respect from their peers in three categories: the quality of care they provide, the continuity of care, and the quality of the technology they use in their practices.  

Over 2,000 Patients Served in St. Lucia

After nearly a three-year hiatus, ICO students joined their VOSH counterparts to provide much needed eye healthcare for communities in St. Lucia. Alongside ODs, OMDs and opticians, 17 third and fourth year ICO students provided eye exams, prescribed glasses and made referrals.

ICO Shines at Academy

At the recent Academy meeting, ICO had a total of 39 posters (nine of which were student presentations), seven continuing education lectures, and three paper presentations. A special congratulations to Dr. Michael Chaglasian who received the Distinguished Service Award from the Optometric Glaucoma Society during their 20th annual scientific meeting. 

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