Ocular Disease / Refractive & Ocular Surgery | Residency

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Sponsor: Eye Care Associates of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Academic Affiliate: Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregon


This program is designed to enhance the clinical skills necessary to diagnose and manage visually impaired patients whose visual loss emanates from various ocular and systemic disease processes. Eye Care Associates’ main emphasis is on cataract and refractive surgery. The patient population is referred by local optometrists and medical doctors. Optometric/ophthalmologic medical/surgical co-management care is stressed. The program develops the communication skills necessary to interact with referring optometrists and other health care professionals.

General Information

Residency Program Coordinator: Douglas K. Devries, OD

Length of Program: 52 weeks

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $31,000

Hours: Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. The Clinic runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health, Professional and Leave Benefits: Professional Liability Protection is provided by Eye Care Associates of Nevada for all residency related activities.

Fully paid medical, dental and vision benefits, after three months.

No state income tax in Nevada.

Residents earn ten days paid annual leave (sick leave, education time, and vacation).  There are also several paid holidays annually including: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and the day following, and Christmas Day.

Certificate of Completion:  A certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements as outlined in the Pacific University College of Optometry residency program supplemental policy manual and Eye Care Associates of Nevada guidelines for residency program completion.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Improve the resident’s proficiency and competency in the care of visually impaired patients through management of a wide variety of cases involving medical and surgical eye care.

Goal 2: Develop experience and proficiency of the resident in managing visually impaired patients whose visual loss emanates from various ocular and systemic disease processes.

Goal 3: Develop the resident’s understanding of optometric/ophthalmologic medical|surgical co-management of visually impaired patients.

Goal 4: Develop the resident’s understanding in triaging secondary and tertiary care of the patient with ocular and|or systemic disease processes.

Goal 5: Develop the resident’s ability to function as a primary care member of the health care team through participation in a multidisciplinary health care delivery system.

Goal 6: Develop the resident’s ability to recognize and participate in the treatment plan of ocular disease and systemic disease manifested in the visual system through appropriate interaction with experienced optometric and ophthalmological practitioners.

Goal 7: Develop the resident’s understanding of practice management within private optometric practices.

Goal 8: Prepare optometrists for careers in multidisciplinary optometric|ophthalmological care of medical/surgical patients.

Goal 9: Develop the resident’s experience and proficiency in managing pre- and postoperative LASIK, PRK, and clear lensectomy refractive surgical procedures.

Residency Experience

Strengths of the Program

The resident will gain clinical experience in all of the specialty areas at Eye Care Associates of Nevada.

Anterior Segment Photography and A-Scan

Technicians routinely perform these procedures.The resident has opportunity to use these devices and learn the procedures.

Corneal Topography and Orb-scan

Technicians routinely perform this procedure. The resident has opportunity to use the topographer and learn how to interpret the topography and the Orbscan. 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), LipiView/LipiFlow, Blephex, Meibography, and Yag Lasers 

Performed by ophthalmologists (YAG laser) and optometrists (IPL, LipiView/LipiFlow, Blephex, Miebography) on site and the resident has opportunity to observe and perform these procedures when appropriate.

Visual Fields and Pachymetry

Technicians routinely perform these procedures. The resident has opportunity to use these devices and learn the procedures. 

Scholarly Activities

The resident will write a paper of publishable quality based upon original research, literature review, or a clinical case that is suitable for submission to a refereed professional journal under the guidance and support of the Residency Coordinator. The resident will present the paper as a lecture at the annual Northwest Residents Conference at Pacific University. 

The resident will participate in practice sponsored continuing education seminars, workshops, and grand rounds. The opportunity to observe a variety of surgical techniques, both in office and hospital settings, will be available.

The resident will provide clinical instruction, in-service education for the ophthalmological staff, and advanced education to optometrists within the referral network of the co-management center. The resident will participate in the Pacific University residency conference where the resident’s completed publication will be presented.

Library & Research Resources

An internal collection of resource material is available at Eye Care Associates of Nevada. The resident is provided electronic access to the libraries and computer databases of Pacific University. 

Computer, Email & Telephone Access

The resident’s workspace is equipped with a telephone, computer internet and email access. 

Performance Evaluations

The resident will meet on a weekly basis with the residency supervisor for discussion of current cases. The resident will receive quarterly written evaluations from the residency program coordinator. The resident will evaluate the residency program and the residency program coordinator at mid-year and at the end of the year.


The Reno clinic is in an 8,000 square foot building that includes the Ambulatory Surgery

Center (Wildcreek Surgery Center). This facility has six exam rooms. The affiliated laser center (Advanced Vision & Laser) is a 3,000 square foot facility with three exam rooms. Clinical facilities are spacious and well-equipped to serve both the patients’ needs and the residency program’s educational objectives.

Eye Care Associates of Nevada offers a diverse patient population ranging from geriatric cataract patients to younger refractive surgery patients.                         

Application Process | Eligibility Criteria

Applications are processed through the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch)

  • This program uses the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch). All applicants must complete and return application forms by the ORMatch application deadline. Supporting documents should be submitted directly to the Residency Coordinator no later than January 31. Applicants must complete the ORMatch application and forward it to the ORMatch as directed in the application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation, including the complete transcript of the applicant’s optometric education, is submitted to each entity involved, e.g. ORMatch and the residency site if required.
  • Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation, from an ACOE accredited school/college of optometry.
  • Applicant will furnish an official transcript from his|her school|college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.
  • Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for Nevada licensure and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident must be able to obtain a Nevada optometry license.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Two letters must be from full-time faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant.
  • A letter of intent stating reasons for applying to this program is required.
  • A personal interview is required.
  • The resident will be selected from among candidates of whom if hired, can present evidence of legal right to live and work in the United States.
  • All applicants will be evaluated for selection without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Living in Reno

Located in Northern Nevada along the Truckee River in tranquil Truckee Meadow, Sparks is Reno’s less flamboyant neighbor to the east. The area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including live festivals, events in open air venues, a lively farmers’ market, snow skiing, water skiing, mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing.

Call or Email today

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Douglas K. Devries, OD

2285 Green Vista Drive
Sparks, NV  89431

775-674-1100 | ecanoptores@gmail.com