Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation

A resident of Optometry flips pages of an eye chartAbout

We offer an optometry residency in low vision rehabilitation and ocular disease to qualified candidates in conjunction with the Illinois College of Optometry and Spectrios Institute for Low Vision. Residents complete clinical rotations at The Chicago Lighthouse and satellite facilities throughout Metropolitan Chicago. The goal of this program is to provide residents with advanced clinical training in low vision rehabilitation through the following practices:

  • Prescribing low vision devices
  • Prescribing low vision rehabilitation training
  • Interacting with professionals in other disciplines
  • Interacting with state agencies that serve people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease, with an emphasis on those conditions that frequently result in vision loss
  • Use and interpretation of advanced diagnostic technologies
  • Clinical and didactic teaching

An integral part of our Residency Program is exposing residents to the many ancillary programs and services we provide for people who are blind or visually impaired at The Chicago Lighthouse. Residents interact with practitioners and participants across all programmatic areas to better understand our comprehensive approach to low vision care.

Ocular Disease

In addition to low vision rehabilitation, our Residency Program emphasizes advanced competency in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease, with a focus on those conditions that frequently result in vision loss. To accomplish this, residents complete clinical rotations at the Illinois Eye Institute’s Center for Advanced Ophthalmic Care, providing patient care in vitreo-retinal, glaucoma and urgent care services. Rotations in comprehensive ophthalmology are included in the curriculum.


For more information, please contact:

Kara Crumbliss, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Vice President, Low Vision Rehabilitation Services
(312) 997-3680
Email Kara