Cornea and Contact Lenses

Program Description

This program provides an opportunity to gain clinical experience and expertise in the areas of advanced contact lens fitting and diagnosis and management of corneal conditions, while continuing to sharpen skills in other areas of optometry. The residency is 50-60% cornea and contact lenses and 40-50% other areas of interest. Patients are typically from the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital clinical population. The resident also has the opportunity to work with nationally recognized clinicians in hands-on specialty contact lens fitting workshops. Observations with other eye care specialists are available through external rotations. A regularly scheduled residency seminar promotes literature review and study. Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists, and other health care providers. A publishable quality paper is required, and other contact lens related research and case reports are encouraged.

The 12 month residency begins July 1 and ends June 30. Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week plus evening and weekend emergency room eye care at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital approximately one week per month. Attendance of continuing education may lengthen the weekly hours of duties.

ASCO information sheet:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis in contact lenses and anterior segment conditions, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Goal A

Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in contact lenses and anterior segment conditions.


  • Provide the resident a minimum of 1000 patient encounters.
  • Provide the resident exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within contact lenses and anterior segment conditions.
  • Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers.
  • Allow the resident to participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students.

Goal B


Stimulate scholarly development in the resident.

  • Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc.
  • Stimulate life-long learning by keeping the resident active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature.
  • Allow the resident to attend continuing education courses.
  • Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program.

Goal C

Stimulate a commitment to service in the resident.


Enhance the resident's active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations.

Application - ORMatch

You must register for ORMatch ( ORMS Application Form) in order to send applications to residencies. All core application materials listed below are submitted online using the ORMatch Application Service. Once you submit an application, the residency will have access to your application information immediately. Submitted applications cannot be changed or withdrawn. The Director of Residencies at the residency's affiliated school or college of optometry will also have access to your application information.

Curriculum Vitae

Please include:

  • Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average)
  • List of Honors, Awards
  • Professional Memberships
  • Research Projects and Publication
  • Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience
  • Employment
  • Community Service
  • Other Professional Experiences

Statement of interest


  • Why are you interested in pursuing a residency?
  • What do you hope to gain from a residency?
  • What are your plans after you complete a residency

Three letters of recommendation

These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Recommendation letters must be signed and be on official letterhead.


Official transcripts from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry

NBEO Score

Passing score on NBEO Parts I and II and TMOD to participate in Match; Part III passage is required by start of residency program.

Please provide an unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies.

Application - NSUOCO

Fill out and submit the NSUOCO Application to the ORMatch Supplemental Materials section: (/optometry/Residency-Program/Residency-Application)

All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. All applications must be received by 5:00p.m. January 31.

Arrange an interview. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Director of Residencies. (
Additional information is available online at /optometry/ResidencyProgram/default.aspx

ORMS Application

A completed ORMS Application Form.


An interview is recommended.


Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry


License eligible in the state of Oklahoma

Additional Information

Additional information about residency is available on ourNSUOCO Residency Program page

Completion Requirements

  • Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report), all patient encounter logs with encounter types and all residency activity logs
  • Completed exit evaluations (evaluation of clinical supervisors, evaluation of residency program supervisor, evaluation of NSUOCO residency director and residency program evaluation)
  • Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
  • Oklahoma Optometry license

Positions Available

Current number of Positions available in program: 1

Program Salary / Stipend:

Current program Salary / Stipend available: $30,000 per year


  • 10 days of vacation
  • Accrual of personal leave (which includes sick leave, personal business leave, bereavement leave, military leave and jury duty leave) at the rate of 12 hours per month
  • NSU is closed for several holidays: three days at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Spring Break (five days), Fall Break (two days) and Fourth of July
  • Professional leave to attend continuing education meetings. The amount of professional leave you receive is at the discretion of the residency supervisor. The residency supervisor encourages attendance at CE courses.
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Health insurance

Please review the NSU Employment Handbook for a more in-depth discussion of personal leave and holidays.

Contact Information

Program Supervisor: Dr. Latricia Pack

Program Address:
1001 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464

Fax Number: 918-458-9603