Dayton VA Medical Center

An Ocular Disease Residency

3 Positions Available

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) is to train individuals to practice full scope optometry in a multidisciplinary setting with the highest skills and most current knowledge and to support participation in optometric education and other academic endeavors.


  1. Train individuals in a multidisciplinary practice setting to develop advanced clinical skills through direct patient care activities.
  2. Broaden the individual’s knowledge of ocular disease processes and ensure they are attuned to the most current information available.
  3. Provide opportunities to pursue new knowledge in the ophthalmic and vision sciences.
  4. Provide opportunities to teach advanced optometric procedures to optometry students in a laboratory setting at The Ohio State University (tOSU) College of Optometry.
  5. Cultivate the individual’s ability to interact with other health care providers in a multidisciplinary setting.
  6. Provide opportunities to present continuing education programs that enhance skills and promote lifelong learning.


The program is a one year residency, which begins July 1 and ends June 30 (dates may vary slightly to comply with pay periods).

The residents work a compressed schedule of four ten-hour days per week. The normal working hours are 7:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m with a half hour lunch. Optometry residents do not have on-call duty.

  • Last 6 months of residency, residents teach Ohio State optometry students in lab setting at Ohio State
  • 1st/3rd Wednesday AM of every month, residents provide care in specialty contact lens clinic
  • Residents participate in The Ohio State University ophthalmology grand rounds weekly through video-conferencing with Dayton VA ophthalmology residents

Program Completion Requirements:

  • Complete clinical duties including patient care, documentation and co-management with other medical disciplines in a timely and professional manner.
  • Attend and document all assigned scholarly and didactic activities.
  • Complete a case report or literature review to the level of quality required by a peer reviewed journal.
  • Achieve satisfactory or higher ratings on all resident evaluations provided by the affiliate institution.
  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.


The Dayton VAMC Optometry Section has trained optometry residents since 2000. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and is an affiliate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

The program is funded for three (3) paid one-year residents. A fourth position is approved for independent funding. Although the emphasis of the residency program is providing direct patient care, ample time is allotted for academic endeavors, student teaching, observations with ophthalmology subspecialties and observations with other medical disciplines.

Facility, Location, Hospital:

The Dayton VAMC consists of a general medical, surgical and psychiatric hospital with acute care, nursing care, and domiciliary beds all combined under one management. Instituted by President Abraham Lincoln, the Dayton VAMC (originally Soldier’s Home), accepted its first patient in 1867. It is located on a 382 acre tract at the western edge of Dayton, OH. The current hospital building was dedicated in 1992. The Dayton VAMC also supports 4 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Lima OH, Springfield OH, Middletown OH and Richmond IN.

Optometry Clinic:

The optometry staff includes 6 full time staff optometrists, 1 part time staff optometrist and 2 fee basis optometrists. The Eye Clinic is shared with ophthalmology. The ophthalmology staff consists of two staff ophthalmologists, three ophthalmology residents and subspecialty ophthalmology consultants from The Ohio State University. A clinic manager and 7 technicians also support the Eye Clinic.

The Optometry Section provides comprehensive ocular care to any veteran eligible for VA services. The main clinic is located in Building 330, the Patient Tower, on the 6th floor. The Optometry Clinic has eleven exam lanes, plus five auxiliary testing rooms which house two Humphrey Visual Field machines, a B-Scan, pachymeters, video slit lamps, Cirrus OCTs, a Fundus Camera with Auto-Fluorescent capability, a topographer, an IOL master, a Pentacam, and a Matrix visual field machine. Optometry services are also provided full-time at all 4 CBOC locations.

In 2008 an Advanced Low Vision Clinic was established at the Dayton VAMC. The Low Vision Clinic is staffed by a full time low vision optometrist, an orientation and mobility specialist, a low vision therapist and a program support assistant. The Low Vision Clinic provides low vision training and rehabilitation care and addresses the visual needs of Veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Medically necessary contact lens services are provided by Dayton VAMC optometry residents under the supervision of Dr. Nicky Lai from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dayton VAMC residents also assist in teaching the Advanced Procedures lab at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.


  • The salary of an Optometry Resident is established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. Optometry residents currently receive approximately $45,334 annually.
  • Residents are eligible for health and life insurance.
  • Residents will accrue 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period (every 2 weeks) for a total of 10 days each.
  • Authorized absence is granted for attendance of major optometric meetings and board exams as needed.
  • Professional Liability while on duty is covered by Federal Torte Claims Act.

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application Deadline: February 1st

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Lemos, Program Supervisor. The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. The resident is selected based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have received a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited School or College of Optometry by July 1 of the residency year. Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain licensure in the State of their choice.

The resident must provide:

  • Completed application through ORMatch website 
    ORMatch # 23924
  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • NBEO scores
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants will be notified of on-site interview date and time.

Dr. Lemos

Elizabeth Lemos, OD
Residency Coordinator
937-268-6511 extension 3406

VAMC (112E)
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428