The Ohio State University College of Optometry - Contact Lens

A Cornea and Contact Lens Optometry Residency

1 Position Available

Mission Statement:

This optometry residency program seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and provide them with the tools necessary to achieve advanced clinical competency in the areas of cornea and contact lens.


Program: 53-56 weeks, starting the second week in June.

Typical Weekly Hours: 8am-5pm M-F with one week per month emergency afterhours on-call responsibilities.

Program Description:

This contact lens optometry residency program is designed for the optometrist interested in furthering their skills in the advanced contact lens care for the management of refractive error including high astigmatism and presbyopia, management of corneal and anterior segment disease with specialty gas permeable and scleral lenses, management of myopia with orthokeratology and soft contact lenses.

The program is housed at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in a state-of-the-art recently constructed facility as well as through an optometry practice with heavy emphasis on specialty contact lens patient population.


  • Direct patient care in the Contact Lens (CL) Clinic
    • Comprehensive care of patients of all ages
    • Management of contact lens care for all patients in the service
    • Fitting of specialty contact lenses for anterior segment and corneal disease
    • Fitting of contact lenses for myopia management
  • Direct patient care in an optometry practice
    • Care and management of specialty contact lens patients in a private practice setting with supervision from contact lens practitioner
  • Clinical attending in Contact Lens and Primary Vision Care (PVC) Services
  • Laboratory teaching in contact lens and optometry courses
  • Attendance and participation in monthly Journal Club/Grand Rounds
  • Submission of a case report to present at East West Eye Conference and/or American Academy of Optometry’s annual Resident’s Day
  • Presentation given at The Ohio State University Optometry Resident Scholarship Day
  • Completion of a peer-review quality case report, literature review or research project

Requirements for Completion:

  • Deliver clinical care at an advanced level as determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care
  • Successfully complete all clinical rotations
  • Successfully complete all teaching assignments
  • Complete a paper based on literature review or original research that is suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal
  • Participate in required journal clubs and/or grand rounds
  • Maintain patient logs
  • Complete all evaluations of students, attending doctors, clinic rotations, and residency


Salary: $43,000 annually

Application Materials and Procedures:

Deadline: February 1st 

By February 1st, applicants should have the following on file with the residency coordinator:

  • Completed application through ORMatch website
    ORMatch # 42812
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official optometry transcripts
  • NBEO scores
  • Letters of recommendation from three faculty closely acquainted with the applicant’s clinical proficiency

The Ohio State University Non-Discrimination Policy:…

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, recommendations, interpersonal skills and interest in all aspects of pediatrics and binocular vision.

Preference is given to candidates with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher

Admission requirements include:

  • Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry
  • Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the NBEO prior to beginning of the program
  • State of Ohio Optometry license application prior to the beginning of the program
Dr. Lai

Nicky Lai, OD, MS, FAAO
Contact Lens Residency Coordinator
Chief, Contact Lens Service

College of Optometry
1664 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201