Hillary Schweihs, O.D.

"Striving for exceptional comprehensive, patient-centered care."

Dr. Hillary Schweihs is one of two optometrist providing superior patient care at Midwest Center for Sight. 

Dr. Schweihs completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky earning a bachelor's of science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2013, and completed a one year intensive residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois Eye Institute. She is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association, American Optometric Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

She provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, and acute eye care. 

Dr. Schweihs has a special interest for ocular disease and clinical research. She works alongside Dr. Katz as the sub-clinical investigator for VisAbility Scleral Mico-Implant Procedure for the Treatment of Presbyopia.

Education and Certifications

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry 2015

Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry

Primary Care and Ocular Disease Residency 2013–2014

o Provided comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages

o Diagnosed and manage a wide variety of ocular and oculo-systemic diseases

o Provided acute, emergency eye care through IEI’s 24-hour Urgent Care Clinic

o Performed and interpret OCTs, HVFs, B-scans, anterior segment photos and fundus photos

o Presented three Grand Rounds cases to ICO faculty, residents, and fourth year students

o Supervised second, third, and fourth year student clinicians in Primary Care, Advanced Care, and community vision screenings

Education

Illinois College of Optometry

Doctorate of Optometry 2009–2013

  • o Grade Point Average: 3.3

  • o Dean’s List: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2005–2009

Professional Experience

Midwest Center for Sight

Optometrist, Independent Contractor 2016-present

Sub-Investigator of FDA monitored VisAbility clinical trials 2015-present

o Study recruitment via seminars, phone calls and emails

o Preoperative patient examination and selection for study enrollment

o Post-operative patient management and examination including specialty testing

o Interpretation, management and documentation of adverse events according to established guidelines and training

o Maintenance of study files/documentation including clinical data entry

o Adherence to clinical protocol, FDA regulatory and GCP guidelines regarding the conduct of a clinical trial

Ossip Optometry

Optometrist, Independent Contractor 2015-2016

Rosin Eyecare

Associate Optometrist 2014-present

o Provide comprehensive eye care and laser vision correction in group practice setting  

o Co-manage pre and post-operative cataract and refractive surgery cases with practice OMDs

o Fit wide variety of sphere, toric, and specialty contact lenses

o Diagnosed and managed ocular and oculo-systemic diseases

Hawthorne Woods Family Eye Care

Part-time Associate Optometrist 2013–2014

  • o Provided comprehensive eye care in a private suburban family practice setting including pediatric exams and contact lens fitting for both adults and children

Illinois Eye Institute

Student Clinician, Institutional setting 2013

  • o Awarded Clinical Honors for this externship

  • o Provided comprehensive eye care in Pediatrics and performed vision therapy for those with strabismus and binocular vision problems

  • o Performed trial frame refractions and comprehensive exams in Low Vision

  • o Selected, ordered, trained and dispensed low vision devices such as prism, stand and hand-held magnifiers, cacoons, and bi-optics

  • o Experienced with NextGen Electronic health records

Memphis VA Medical Center (Tennessee)

Student Clinician, Veteran’s Hospital-based Primary Care 2012–2013

  • o Managed a variety of ocular disease cases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ischemic optic neuropathy, glaucoma, and ocular manifestations of infectious diseases

  • o Performed OCTs, FAFs, and fundus photos

  • o Assisted in weekly fluorescence angiographies performed by residents

  • o Experienced with VistA Computerized Patient Record System

Beaufort Naval Hospital (South Carolina)

Student Clinician, Military and Hospital 2012

  • o Awarded Clinical Honors for this externship

  • o Provided comprehensive eye care for active duty military and family, retired officers and family, and processed incoming recruits during boot camp

  • o Fit sphere and toric soft contact lenses and managed contact lens complications

  • o Performed corneal topographies and interpreted results

  • o Performed corneal and conjunctival foreign body removals and treated ER walk–in cases

Cheyenne Vision Clinic (Wyoming)

Student Clinician, Private Practice 2012

  • o Awarded Clinical Honors for this externship

  • o Fit basic, toric, multifocal soft contact lens, and scleral lenses 

  • o Evaluated and managed ocular surface disease, corneal disorders, dry eye, and contact lens complications

  • o Provided cataract and refractive surgery post–op care at one-day, one-week, and one-month follow-ups

  • o Performed corneal and conjunctival foreign body removals and treated ER walk–in cases

  • o Experienced with CompuLink Electronic Health Records

Research Experience

Illinois College of Optometry

Research Assistant for Dr. Rebecca Zoltoski 2009–2012

  • o Investigated how nutritional status effected cataract and dry eye development

  • o Administered nutritional surveys to patients at the Illinois Eye Institute to gain information about patient population nutritional habits and how that correlates with dry eye and cataract development

  • o Explored the accommodative effects on the usage of a crystalline lens

  • o Researched how artificial tears impacted vision and symptoms of dry eye

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8901 West Golf Road • Suite 300
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-824-3127
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