The International Program offers qualified candidates the opportunity to observe and train alongside Kellogg Eye Center's exceptional faculty. The following courses are currently available:
Specialty Contact Lens and Low Vision Rehabilitation Course
Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians
Kellogg Eye Center Faculty
- Sherry Day, OD, FAAO
- Karen DeLoss, OD, FAAO
- Courtney Dewey, OD
- Carlton Foster, OD
- Samantha Renee Gagnon OD
- Paul Grenier, OD
- Amy Lagina, OD
- Helios Leung, OD, PhD, FAAO
- Colleen Marie Podd OD
- Donna Wicker, OD, FAAO
- Sarah Kristine Wood OD
Participants should be familiar with the basic principles and practice of soft and RGP contact lens fitting.
The contact lens portion of this course is designed to teach the practitioner to choose and fit the proper specialty lens which will provide the best quality of vision and comfort for the patient who has a corneal disease or has had a surgical procedure on the cornea.
The low vision portion of the course is to teach the practitioner to evaluate the status of the low vision patient, calculate magnification required to achieve the patient’s visual goals, and to provide visual rehabilitation to help the patient with activities of daily living.
The Low Vision Course is conducted on a minimum of 6 clinic days. The Specialty Contact Lens Fitting Course is conducted on a minimum of 10 clinic days. Trainees may register for either course or for both. Trainees will observe examinations and procedures performed by instructors on clinic patients. The courses will be customized to suit the learning objectives of ophthalmologists, optometrists, or technicians.
Download the course syllabus (pdf).
What is a typical course schedule?
Low vision patient examinations take place in the clinic at Kellogg Eye Center, home visits with the occupational therapist, participation in Low Vision Support groups, and research.
Contact lens examinations take place in the clinics on all weekdays. Courses consist mostly of clinic observation and discussion.
Both courses can be taken simultaneously and can be completed in 4 weeks.
Trainees are also encourage to attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and other educational opportunities offered at the Kellogg Eye Center.
Will I be exposed to various contact lenses and low vision devices?
Although exposure will depend on which patients are treated during the training period, expect to be exposed to the majority of contact lens modalities and low vision devices.
Will I be able to prescribe the appropriate contact lenses for distance and near vision and low vision devices upon completion of the course?
Trainees will gain a good foundation in selecting and evaluating treatment options for low vision patients and those needing specialty contact lenses. Competency will come with practice and experience.
What are the fees for the course?
The Low Vision Course is a minimum of 4 weeks at a cost of $700.00 per week.
The Specialty Contact Lens Fitting course is a minimum of 3 weeks at a cost of $1000.00 per week.
Low Vision and Contact Lens courses taken simultaneously is a minimum or 4 weeks at a cost of $1200.00 per week.
How do I register?
Submit a curriculum vitae, biographical statement, and statement of educational goals and objectives. For technicians, please include a letter of recommendation from an adviser.
Upon receipt of requested documents, we will contact you to schedule a phone/Skype interview.
Send documents by fax or scan and email to:
Email: [email protected]
Ophthalmic Ultrasound Course
The Department of Ophthalmology offers an observership program in Ophthalmic Ultrasound. Trainees will have the opportunity to view a variety of ultrasound studies and techniques on which sonographers and clinicians rely for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Interested participants will be able to observe ultrasound procedures being performed with state-of-the-art equipment. Trainees will be exposed to a wide range of illnesses and pathologies. They will participate in daily read-outs with the attending sonographers. Proficiency in interpreting ultrasound exams is attained through exposure and experience. This will be an interactive course with audiovisual and patient cases demonstrating examination techniques on a wide variety of pathologies. We expect that the time spent with our department will provide an insight into the practice of ophthalmic ultrasound that will benefit trainees in their future practices.
Ophthalmologists and Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
Faculty and Staff
- Bernadete Ayres, MD, CDOS
- Elizabeth Parrish, CDOS, ROUB
- Tanya McClendon, CDOS, ROUB
This course is designed to teach practitioners in the techniques in ophthalmic ultrasound exams, as well as image analysis and diagnosis of common ophthalmic pathologies. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to describe the interpretation and diagnostic features of globe and orbital imaging and learn to incorporate ultrasound imaging in their practice.
The full Ophthalmic Ultrasound Course is given over a four-week period but can be adjusted according to the specific trainee’s experience and objectives.
The ophthalmic ultrasound course takes place during all weekdays at Kellogg Eye Center. This is taught on an individual basis. There is only one trainee during any given time.
Trainees are also encouraged to attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and other educational opportunities offered at the Kellogg Eye Center.
Fees for the course
The fee is $2000.00 per 40-hour week. Partial grant support may be available upon request.
Submit a CV, biographical statement, and statement of educational goals and objectives. For technicians, please include a letter of recommendation from an advisor.
Upon receipt of requested documents, we will contact you to schedule a phone/Skype interview. Send documents by fax or scan and email to:
Email: [email protected]
Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision and Inherited Retinal Diseases
Practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists-in-training, ophthalmic technicians
To provide practical training in recording, interpretation and assessment of retinal and visual pathway electrophysiologic and psychophysiologic tests. The trainee will also learn the components involved in the diagnosis and management of inherited retinal diseases, including genetic counseling.
Observation of the performance and application to diagnosis and management of full-field and multifocal electroretinography, visual evoked potentials, electro-oculography, dark adaptometry, color vision tests, perimetry, genetic counseling, pedigree construction, and interpretation of family history and pedigree analysis. The trainee will learn technical and medical aspects from examination of patients, guided reading, and review of teaching files.