The optometry service delivers primary vision and ocular health care for patients who present visual deficiencies and/or eye disease. Services include routine optometric examinations, diagnosis and treatment of minor ocular pathologies, ordering military eyewear, and limited Visual Training (orthoptics) Low Vision services and devices. Contact lens fitting and prescription renewals are provided as space permits.
Note: In September 2015, the Optometry Clinic moved to the Brian Allgood Ambulatory Clinic, 900 Washington Road, and is located on the ground floor.
Residency in Family Practice Optometry at Keller
In affiliation with College of Optometry - State University of New York
The residency program begins training on July 1st each year. Current Army optometrists or 4th year HPSP students who are interested in applying need to have their application materials submitted to the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) selection board approximately one year prior to the start date.
For Additional information, contact:
Residency Supervisor, KACH
900 Washington Rd
West Point, NY 10996-1197
The West Point Residency in Family Practice Optometry is a twelve-month postgraduate training program conducted at Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH). The residency is fully accredited by the American Optometric Association's Council on Optometric Education (CEO) and is sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. The program provides the resident with the advanced optometric training and education required to deliver full scope eye care to include the diagnosis and management of both primary and secondary ocular disease. There are also many opportunities to facilitate treatment using contact lenses, vision therapy and low vision. This program also stresses development in administrative and clinical management. Residents will also supervise 4th year optometry students performing rotations through optometry service. At completion, the resident will have all skills necessary to provide cutting edge eye care and excel at any assignment offered.
The focus of the West Point Optometry Residency is to prepare officers to be innovators and leaders in the practice of Army Optometry. The goal being to enhance the clinical skills of recent graduates with emphasis on the delivery of primary care optometry within a multi-disciplinary environment that allows the treatment and management of a host of ocular conditions. Additionally, the resident will gain the leadership and administrative skills required to manage an optometry service in any type of medical treatment facility. Meeting these objectives will certainly enhance optometry's role in wartime and peacetime environments.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Emphasis is placed on the development of the residents' didactic and clinical teaching skills. The resident assists in the supervision, mentorship, and training of fourth year optometry externs and optometry technicians. The resident will follow a curriculum which includes seminars and lectures in topics related to optometric medicine and will rotate through Ophthalmology, as well as other medical specialty services located at KACH. The resident participates in the SUNY Resident Friday Program, which provide residents with a diversity of experiences and technology, emphasizing hands-on participation. In addition, the Friday Program will develop didactic and clinical teaching skills in residents and foster interaction between residents, supervisors, and SUNY personnel. The Friday Program includes Grand Rounds with patients and workshops providing hands-on experience with various technology offered by in-house faculty at the College (ex. fluorescein, angiography, ultrasound, VER, corneal mapping, and laser).