at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Residency in Pediatric Optometry / Vision Therapy
The residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy is a challenging 52 or 54 week educational program. It is conducted primarily at the Lynch Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. The Lynch Pediatric/Binocular Vision department is composed of three main services in which the residents participate: the Pediatric Service provides comprehensive primary vision care to children ages birth to twelve; the Specialty Infant Vision Service provides advanced care to infants and toddlers (newborn through age four) with special needs; and the Binocular Vision Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for individuals with eye movement, binocular vision, accommodative, and learning-related vision problems.
The mission of the Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy at The Eye Institute is to recruit qualified graduating or graduate optometrists; to train the entry level graduate optometrist to provide competent and efficient care to the routine pediatric and infant patient through the application and elevation of entry level knowledge and skills; to prepare the resident to competently diagnose and manage accommodative and non-strabismic binocular vision disorders, strabismus and amblyopia, learning-related vision problems, vision problems associated with acquired brain injury, and ocular diseases; to provide an orientation and didactic program throughout the year; to promote development of skills as an educator and self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish.
The nature of the patient population at The Eye Institute provides the foundation for the resident to hone entry-level skills to an advanced level and to cultivate new skills and knowledge as well. The resident is able to achieve the objectives of the program through an appropriate level of supervision and support of a highly trained clinical faculty of optometrists and general and subspecialty ophthalmologists leading to clinical autonomy.
The Pediatrics/Vision Therapy residents are typically assigned 40-44 hours per week, and an average of every other Saturday. Three to four days are in the Pediatric Service, and the remaining time is in other patient care services, as well as in various educational activities. Residents are also required to attend lectures and conferences which are scheduled outside of normal patient care responsibilities.
- Residents are assigned to the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service where they examine and manage patients with refractive, binocular vision, and learning-related visual problems, as well as ocular and systemic disease processes, both in a direct care mode and as the supervisor of optometric interns.
- Each resident is assigned responsibility for the care of about 20 vision therapy patients each week.
- Specialty Infant Vision Service - Residents examine and manage infants under the supervision of staff optometrists.
- Emergency Eye Care - Under appropriate supervision, residents manage their own patients in the Emergency Service, where they see walk-in patients with ocular urgencies/emergencies. Patients may be referred our ophthalmology sub-specialists. In addition, each resident is on-call weekends and evenings four to five weeks per program year.
- Specialty Services
- The residents are assigned to the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease Services in The Eye Institute. They will also participate in the care of patients with traumatic brain injury at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, on a rotating basis.
- Residents may also have the opportunity to participate in other services in The Eye Institute and other area eye care venues.
- Residents attend and participate in an educational program throughout the year, which includes conferences and lectures. They also participate in Grand Rounds presentations to fourth year students, fellow residents, and faculty members. A schedule for conferences/ lectures is distributed to the residents on a quarterly basis.
- Residents are occasionally asked to conduct off-campus vision screenings and participate in other College activities outside of program requirements. An additional stipend may be paid for these services.