Optometric Residency

   Optometric Residency   

Welcome to Center For Sight. Located in Southwest Florida, Center For Sight is one of the leading multi-specialty eye care practices in the United States, providing patients worldwide with care in ophthalmology, optometry, audiology, dermatology, cosmetic surgery and skincare across 11 locations, 2 surgery centers and 39 providers.

We invite you to consider our Optometric Residency in Ocular Disease and Contact Lenses, which will begin in the summer of 2021.

Please take a moment to learn more about Center For Sight and our program. Our goal in establishing this residency program is to provide outstanding clinical and surgical experiences, combined with excellent mentorship opportunities, to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you will need as a standout practicing physician. Join us!

Lori Vollmer, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.
Phone: (941) 488-2020
Email: LVollmer@CenterForSight.net
Joseph Sowka, O.D., FAAO, Diplomate
Phone: (941) 488-2020
Email: JSowka@CenterForSight.net

Our Mission

The Residency in Ocular Disease and Contact Lenses seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates and provide advanced clinical training. Graduates of this residency program are trained to deliver superlative clinical care and to serve the profession of optometry as leaders within their community and health care delivery system.

Program Overview

Center for Sight has a diverse patient base and a variety of clinical facilities. The resident will have the opportunity to render care for a wide range of ocular conditions, including anterior segment disorders, glaucoma, retinal disease, post-operative care and traumatic injuries. They will also have exposure to soft contact lens and scleral lens fittings. The resident will have access to advanced diagnostic equipment, including anterior and posterior segment OCT, pentacam, photography and ultrasonography.


The clinical curriculum includes direct patient care, the observation of care provided by specialized physicians, urgent care of patients, surgical observation, post-operative care of patients and contact lens fittings. The scholarly components of the program include weekly mentorship meetings with supervisors, the development of a grand rounds presentation, attending conferences and journal reviews and developing a publishable abstract. Prerequisites
  • All candidates will be considered in a fair and impartial manner.
  • The deadline for applications is February 1st.
All candidates wishing to be considered must meet/submit the following criteria:
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors
  • Official transcripts from an ACOE accredited college of optometry demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Candidate must be license eligible with a passing score on Part I to be interviewed and passage of all parts of national boards to be placed
  • Completed ORMatch application
  • Submit to a personal interview
  • A Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry
  • A valid social security number

Program Length & Weekly Hours

The residency program is 12.5 months in length. The resident is expected to work 5 days per week. The clinics are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The resident is not expected to take call after hours. Clinical assignments vary and are determined by the Program Director.

  • The resident salary is $40,000.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided for patient care provided at CFS locations.
  • Health and dental insurance provided commensurate with staff physicians.
  • 15 days paid time off for vacation and sick days.
  • 5 professional development days to attend one national or local conference.
  • Travel stipend to attend one professional conference.
  • Business cards and lab coats.
  • Overall satisfactory evaluations by supervisors.
  • Completion of publishable abstract.
  • Attendance at all assigned clinical assignments.
  • Completion of all patient, didactic, and scholarship logs.

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