April 1

COVID-19 brings a lot of financial uncertainty for optometrists.

They’re not financial experts, but two #MadeAtICO optometrists are going to talk about what COVID-19 means for optometrists (and future optometrists) from their perspectives, LIVE, right here on ICO’s Instagram.

@dr.ryancorte and @emothersbaugh are going to tackle student loans, residency programs, private practice, and more - and answer your questions TOMORROW (04/02) at 7 pm Central (8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific)

April 15

When social distancing keeps us physically apart, our ICO faculty remain connected to our students. #stayhomesavelives

April 16

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hank Bertucci. A 31 year veteran of CPD and Security Officer and a former Chief of Security of ICO for 20 years, Hank touched the lives of all of us in the ICO Community and we are grateful for his many years of service.

May 16

Join us here at 12 noon (central time) to celebrate our Class of 2020. Today’s ceremony will be streamed via Facebook Live. Congratulations Class of 2020!


May 26

As we transition back to campus, Dr. Colip reflects on the past 8 weeks. Our transition online was rapid but successful because of our strong ICO community.

June 5

So much of our ICO community is hurting right now. The current

climate is impacting many, and we know these issues reach far beyond the devastating killings of George Floyd and too many others. 

We are committed to doing better.

In the coming weeks, we will be opening opportunities for you

to talk about your concerns and hopes for the future -- starting with a student town hall today. We are currently working to identify dates to come together in June for discussion and support.

June 19

Thank you @ico_bsu for your post about the history of Juneteenth. Give them a follow. If you’re in Chicago and want to commemorate Juneteenth, we’ve included a list of events compiled by State Rep Lamont Robinson. Link in bio.

July 16

The Class of 2023 is officially back in the lab! After a few months of online classes and then a much needed break, it feels good to get back to hands-on learning. With only a few weeks to go until our skills assessment, it seems like we are all eager to get back to practicing. It’s been nice to see friends again too! #ICOAitana #optometrystudent #illinoiscollegeofoptometry #ICOClassof2023

July 17

Today marks the last day of our Focus on Your Future program. Since 2008, over 212 students have participated in this program and 13.5% of those graduates have eventually gone on to attend ICO!

We hope that even in a virtual environment our students have enjoyed their time with us. A special thank you to Teisha Johnson, Senior Director of Admissions, for organizing this program!

July 21

Student vlogger and Orientation Leader Tiffany Tsoi '23 shares what her Spring and Summer quarters at ICO, including what in-person labs during COVID, look like.

August 3

"My last summer break amidst COVID -19" Soon after I started my first year at ICO, I started to look forward to my last summer break which would take place between my first and second academic year.

August 12

Yesterday, we launched a month-long campaign focusing on

diversity, equity and inclusion as part of an ongoing campuswide initiative. We are focusing specifically on growing scholarships and current campus initiatives including Focus on Your Future.

August 17

"Truly Blessed" I’ve been fortunate to use this blog as a platform to spotlight individuals at ICO who have inspired me in some way and who have something we could all learn from. Today, I would like to introduce you to a member of ICO’s Food Services

team, Larry Sr.

September 12

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Floyd Mizener, OD '48 (MCO), PhD, DOS. Dr. Mizener served as a Marine in WWII before earning his optometric degree from Monroe College of Optometry, now Illinois College of Optometry. 

Known for wearing his colorful, hand-painted suit jackets, Dr. Mizener always made it a priority to attend annual optometric conferences and ICO events, happily sharing his practice expertise with students and recent graduates. He will be missed by all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends. ICO President, Mark Colip, OD '92, remembers him fondly. "Dr. Mizener was a mentor, friend, and neighbor, and he will be missed. Over the years, he told me countless stories of optometry’s evolution and the many proud impacts that he made to move the profession forward. He loved his profession, his country, his community, his family, and he loved his wife, Shirley. He was one of the toughest guys I knew. Rest in peace Dr. Mizener, you have earned it!” He will be missed by all who knew him.

September 18

Even in the midst of a pandemic our students give back! As we well know, many Chicagoans do not have access to proper eye care. Partnering with 2020 Perfect Vision, our students provided free quality eye care to students on the West and Southside of Chicago, living out their optometric oath.

September 30

Registration for our Fall Continuing Education program is now live! Join us during the last weekend of October for over 12 hours of live online CE.

November 27

There are so many ways our students are making a difference for our community. There are so many ways our patients make a difference in our students' lives. This Thanksgiving may have felt different than any other, but part of Thanksgiving is also appreciating the connections we build. Here, those connections are saving lives.


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