Optometry Residency - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System


Optometry Residency

Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Primary Care and Geriatrics
Optometry Residency Program
(2 positions)
52 weeks, Approximately July 1 - June 30

The Orlando VA Medical Center, in East Central Florida, is one of seven members of the VISN 8 Healthcare System. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the Orlando VA Medical Center, Nursing Home Care Unit, the Domiciliary and Rehabilitation Program, Brevard OPC, Daytona OPC, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics, which are located in Clermont, Leesburg, Kissimmee, and Orange City. The Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona opened in 2015. It is anticipated that the new facility will serve nearly 400,000 veterans. This much needed facility will make it easier for east central Florida veterans to access VA’s world-class medical center and relieve the burden of traveling long distances for their inpatient care.

The Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Baldwin is located on the site of what was once the Orlando Naval Training Center’s Hospital. The surrounding residential areas are Baldwin Park and Winter Park.

The Orlando VA Medical Center Eye Clinic has 12 residency trained optometrists on staff (9 at Lake Nona and 3 at Lake Baldwin). The optometrists provide primary eye care as well as management of chronic ocular diseases and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. Some optometrists also participate in Low Vision exams, specialty contact lens exams and fitting and evaluation of patients with TBI. Optometrists are the only ones who will be supervising optometry residents.

There are ophthalmologists on staff including: 2 cornea specialists, 4 retina specialists, 1 FT oculoplastic specialist and 1 general ophthalmologist. Major and minor surgeries, injections and laser procedures are done at the Orlando VA Medical Center. There are 4 ophthalmology residents (three 3rd year, one 2nd year) in the eye clinic and 1 retina fellow (when available).

The Orlando VA Medical Center Eye Clinic has numerous eye technicians on staff. When available, the technicians screen patients and do VF, photos, OCT, pachymetry, B-scans, etc.

The Orlando VA Medical Center Eye Clinic has a teaching program involving fourth year optometry students from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry, MCPHS and Western University.

The Orlando VA Medical Center developed a Hospital Base Primary Care Optometry Residency program in March 2007. Nova Southeastern University is the academic affiliate. The first optometry resident started July 1, 2007. The Orlando VA Medical Center Optometry Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).