Our Program

Our Mission

The mission of the optometry residency in ocular disease / low vision rehabilitation is to offer clinical experiences in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular disease at a post doctorate level which exceeds that attainable in private practice. Hence, the optometrist is offered the foundation from which to teach, research, or practice in a multidisciplinary setting.

A Unique Program That Offers:


  • High patient volume with experience diagnosing & treating complex ophthalmic conditions

  • Close independent relationship with a nationally recognized Department of Ophthalmology

  • Interaction with medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialties

  • Exposure to cutting edge ophthalmic technology both medical and rehabilitation

  • Exposure to fitting of complex medically necessary contact lenses

Program Overview


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are devoted to direct patient care  40 hours per week.​

  • Wednesday is devoted to rounds and conferences primarily at Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago formerly West Side VA) ; 8 hours per week. ​

  • Each resident rotates to the  Hines BRC for 4 months where they spend Monday, Tuesday & Thursday with direct patient care.  

Clinical Hours

  • Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 

    • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm​

  • Wednesday 

    • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Weekends​

    • Only as needed for patient follow-up​

  • Off on 11 federal holidays ​

  • 14 vacation / sick days 


  • Extensive exposure to ocular and systemic disease

    • Routine and obscure ​

  • Complete physical diagnosis, lab testing and imaging studies ​

  • Comprehensive Low Vision

  • Intense and demanding program, but well worth it

    • Results in confidence in approaching any condition that you will encounter​

General Information


  • Chicago stipend - $38,722

  • Health Insurance

  • Malpractice for practice in the VA covered under federal tort

Certificate Requirements
  • Successful completion of full 12 months of clinical experience

  • PowerPoint Case Presentation at ICO Grand Rounds

  • Complete 1st Journal review by 6 months with JB attendings

  • Completing manuscript or presentation of publishable quality by 12 months of program

    • AAO Fellowship Case Report may substitute for manuscript ​

To request more information or to schedule an interview please email Dr. Charles Kinnaird at:

Contact us:

Charles W. Kinnaird, OD, FAAO

Chief of Optometry

Jesse Brown VAMC

820 S Damen Ave

Chicago IL 60612

Tel:  312-569-7507

Fax: 312-569-7547


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