FALL 2019


February 22

Congratulations to Tanya Kohli, ’19, on successfully completing the Austin Marathon! Inspired by one of her ICO externship sites, Daniel & Davis Optometry, Tanya raised over $800 for the Autism Society of Texas. ICO is so proud of you, Tanya!!

February 25

Congratulations to Sherman Tung, OD ’06, on being named 2018 Optometrist of the Year by BC Doctors of Optometry. The award recognizes not only Dr. Tung’s contributions to optometry but also his public service to his community.

February 26

Lacey Kratzenberg, ’22, has started an awesome new project on our student blog! Each ICO SPOTLIGHT will highlight a unique personality around the College. Lacey’s first feature is first-year student Payton Holden, ’22.

March 4

ICO has the largest alumni network of any optometry school. So, we often see stories like this one, in which one ICO grad passes a legacy on to another. Congratulations to Paul DeLange, OD ’75, and Sarah Shaw, OD ’14!


March 7

Tommy Lim, OD ’77, wrote a piece for Review of Optometry about digital phoropters. He’s a fan of this new technology, and so are we! ICO students get to use emerging innovations like these in the Illinois Eye Institute.

March 16

Technically a day early in wishing y’all happy St. Patrick’s day, but today’s the river dyeing so I’m counting today as St. Patrick’s day too #ICOJackie #ICOFourthYear #ExternshipJourneys

March 22

Tomorrow, two ICO doctors and thirteen students will be offering FREE vision screenings to our community. State Representative Theresa Mah has put together this Annual Health Fair for three years. We are proud to serve Chicago alongside other care providers.

March 26

Abby Jakob, OD ’14, didn’t expect to own a practice so early in her career. Then, opportunity knocked in her hometown! She’s offering some amazing business tips in @invisionmag. 

March 28

Congratulations to our own Dr. Sandra Block, who has been selected to appear at the National Association of Vision Care Plans’ 2019 Vision Health Summit next month. Her panel will be called, “In Vision Health: A Full Seat at the Table.”

March 30`

ICO’s third-year Faculty Scholarship recipients were announced yesterday during Resident Grand Rounds. Congratulations to our 2019 winners: Negar Sohbati, ’20, and Lauren Kunkel, ’20!

April 12

NEW: “Researchers from the Illinois College of Optometry found school-aged children who spent more hours doing outdoor activities per week had a reduced chance of developing #myopia.” (Twitter, via @Screensandkids)

April 24

Each year, the ICO Multicultural Association hosts a talent night filled with international food and artistic expression. The 2019 show was as dazzling as ever! Our photos capture incredible dancing, musical performances, and readings from around the globe. We love seeing the many talents shared by our students. 

April 29

We are thrilled to congratulate ICO President Emeritus Dr. Arol Augsburger (@arolaugsburger) on earning @OptometricED’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Augsburger’s leadership has made a tremendous impact on ICO and the profession of optometry.

May 5

Over the past two days, the ICO campus has been honored to host a @WorldCouncilOpt Executive Committee Meeting. This group works on advocacy, education, policy development, and humanitarian outreach for the profession of optometry.

May 30

ICO is within walking distance to Guaranteed Rate Field. It’s a perfect night for a ballgame. Let’s Go Sox!!

June 10

Check out this summer-y, sunshine-y pic from Vision Walk 2019! A team of ICO students (and one dog) raised money for @fightblindness. Way to go, walkers!

June 13

Our faculty is constantly engaged with new optometric technology. Dr. Michael Chaglasian recently contributed a piece to CollaborativeEYE about visual field testing. In a world populated by OCT and other diagnostic options, it’s important to never skip the basics! Visual field testing is still vital for patients with glaucoma. 

June 17

Congratulations to the newly-minted Dr. Mariana Ferraz on receiving the 2019 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care! @VisionMonday gave her a shout-out.

August 4

One externship down, three to go! I hope everyone is having a relaxing, well-earned break week in wherever your happy place may be. Mine’s here. #ICONora #optometryschool #optometrystudent #zen #themountainsarecallingandimustgo #coloradogram #sanjuanmountains #southwestisbest #naturetherapy

August 13

Drs. Alexopoulos, Man, and Matchinski recently traveled to China for the Confucius Institute’s Summer Delegation. They met with ophthalmologists from Wenzhou Medical University and affiliated hospitals. WMU is one of ICO’s five International Affiliations!

August 23

The Illinois College of Optometry was honored to host yesterday’s American Optometric Association Board meeting. This group photo was taken in the office of our president, Dr. Mark K. Colip.





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