The Orlando VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease
Optometry Residency Program
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 at Lake Nona, Nursing Home Care Unit, the Domiciliary and Rehabilitation Program, Outpatient Clinics (OPC) at Viera, Daytona Beach, Lake Baldwin, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics, which are located in Clermont, Tavares, Kissimmee, and Orange City.
The Lake Baldwin OPC 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 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 VAMC Eye Clinic has 12 residency trained optometrists on staff. The optometrists provide primary eye care as well as management of chronic ocular diseases and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. The 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: cornea specialists, retina specialists, an oculoplastics specialist and other general ophthalmologists. Major and minor surgeries, injections and laser procedures are done at the Orlando VAMC. There are 3 ophthalmology residents (Two 3rd year, one 2nd year) in the eye clinic and 1 retina fellow (when available).
The Orlando VAMC Eye Clinic has numerous eye technicians on staff. When available, the technicians screen patients and do Visual Fields, photos, OCT, pachymetry, B-scans, etc.
The Orlando VAMC 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 VAMC 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 residency program is fully accredited by the ACOE.