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Residency Program



The Residency in Ocular Disease seeks entry level graduates of an optometric program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and to provide them with advanced didactic and clinical experiences diagnosing and treating ocular disease. Residents will practice optometry in a progressive and comprehensive manner within an ophthalmology/optometry clinic to maximize their experiences treating challenging medical and visual ocular disorders. The resident will assist in the teaching of student externs and present various education lectures. A graduate of the program will be qualified to manage a wide range of ocular conditions and serve as a faculty member at an optometric institution.


  • Provide the resident with the opportunity and clinical experience that will promote the development of differential diagnosis, treatment and management skills in ocular disease.
  • Provide the resident with the opportunity to function as a member of a health care team through participation in a practice with tertiary care eye care professionals providing care in anterior segment, cataract, glaucoma, medical retina, pediatrics and oculoplastics and urgent eye care.
  • Provide the resident with the opportunity and experience to effectively manage patients who have had a variety of ocular surgeries in a pre and post operative time frame.
  • Provide the resident with the opportunity and experience to become an effective educator.

To achieve these objectives, the resident will provide direct patient care, attend lectures and seminars, participate in specialized clinical programs and conduct original research.

Ohio Eye Alliance is a surgical referral center located in northeast Ohio with three office locations. The center specializes in cataract/IOL implant surgery, glaucoma treatment and surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, medical retina, and oculoplastics. Residents will practice in state-of-the-art facilities and receive a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment experience.

Program Description

Ohio Eye Alliance is an ophthalmology referral center specializing in glaucoma, cataract, corneal pathology, pediatrics, adult strabismus, oculoplastics, retinal disease and anterior segment pathology. The resident participates in all areas these areas including acquiring extensive experience in pre- and post- operative care for a wide variety of ocular surgical procedures. Offices are located in Canton, Alliance and Boardman, Ohio. The program provides a unique opportunity for the resident to work directly with both ophthalmologists and optometrists in the treatment of ocular pathology.


The resident’s normal hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. The resident will occasionally report to the office prior to 8:30am to see post ops in conjunction with a surgeon. The resident has no weekend or call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion of the Program

  • Attendance or excused absence from all clinical assignments
  • Participate in patient care in the following general areas (including appropriate diagnosis and management plans for patient encounters):
    • Glaucoma and Cornea Service
    • Retina Service
    • Anterior Segment Disease
    • Strabismus and Oculoplastics
    • Urgent Care
  • Scholarly Activities:
    • Grand rounds attendance
    • Case presentation at Ohio State Optometry Resident’s Day
    • Lecture presentation at optometry continuing education meeting
    • Poster presentation at East West Eye Conference
  • Surgical Observation:
    • Glaucoma (laser and surgical)
    • Oculoplastics
    • Retina procedures (injections, laser and surgery)
    • Cataract
    • Strabismus
    • Cornea (DSAEK, PK, etc.)
    • Obtain a state optometry license

Application Procedure

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Scott Young, 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. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE. Accepted Candidates must obtain an Ohio Optometry license.

The resident must provide:

  • Must complete an OR Match application
  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants should contact the residency coordinator to determine an on-site interview date and time.

Application Procedure

Thirteen months, beginning July 1.

Established by the Board of Ohio Eye Alliance, currently set at $51,500 plus health, dental and malpractice insurance. Subject to change. Please contact the Residency Site Coordinator for current information.



For further information concerning the Residency in Ocular Disease, you may contact:

Scott Young, O.D.
Residency Supervisor
Ohio Eye Alliance, Inc.
985 Sawburg Avenue
Alliance, OH 44601
(330) 823-1680
(330) 823-3831 Fax