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Dr. Christopher J. Borgman

Assistant Professor


First Appt: 2014

Academic Background:

B.A., 2006, Central College, Pella, Iowa
O.D., 2010, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
Residency, 2011, Primary Care and Ocular Disease, Illinois College of Optometry


Dr. Chris Borgman is an assistant professor at the Southern College of Optometry. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Central College in Pella, Iowa and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Borgman completed a one-year residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to joining the faculty at SCO, Dr. Borgman spent three years in a multi-doctor, private ophthalmology practice in Des Moines, Iowa which specialized in primary care, ocular disease, cataract surgery, and laser refractive surgery. He is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Tennessee Association of Optometry Physicians (TAOP), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has authored numerous articles published on the topics of various ocular disease conditions, and has also lectured in many continuing education venues, both nationally and internationally, on the topics of primary care ocular diseases, ocular pharmacology, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and neuro-optometric diseases.

Dr. Borgman currently sees patients and supervises students in a clinical setting at The Eye Center at SCO, and also teaches two classroom courses: Systemic Pathology, and Integrative Analysis. His areas of professional interest include: primary care ocular disease, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and neuro-optometric diseases.

Dr. Borgman enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, and is a slow-pitch softball and baseball enthusiast.


Borgman CJ, Jackson AM. Sixteen-and-a-half syndrome: a variant in the spectrum of Fisher's one-and-a-half syndrome. Clin Exp Optom. Jan 2019;102:94-96.

Borgman CJ. Recurrent conjunctivitis secondary to gram positive bacillus, Bacillus thuringiensis. Clin Exp Optom. July 2018;101:594-95.

Borgman CJ. Ocular side effects of oxybutynin and other oral anticholinergics used in the management of overactive bladder syndrome: a review. Optom Vis Perf. Nov 2016;4(5):275-9.

Borgman CJ. Concomitant multiple myeloma spectrum diagnosis in a central retinal vein occlusion: a case report and review. Clin Exp Optom. July 2016;99(4):309-12.

Borgman CJ. Proteus mirabilis and its role in dacryocystitis. Optom Vis Sci. Sept 2014; 91(9): e230-5.

Borgman CJ. Topical timolol in the treatment of monocular oscillopsia secondary to superior oblique myokymia: a review. J Optom. 2014;07:68-74.

Harthan JS, Borgman CJ. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus-induced oculomotor nerve palsy. J Optom.. 2013;06:60-5.

Borgman CJ. Horner syndrome secondary to internal carotid artery dissection after a short-distance endurance run: A case study and review. J Optom. 2012;05:209-16.


Borgman C, Kiser T, Gerstner M. Young woman presents with nonresponding conjunctivitis. Primary Care Optometry News. October 2018.

Borgman C, Woodward E. Young woman presents with near vision blur. Primary Care Optometry News. August 2018.

Borgman CJ, Hoang M. Case history crucial component of rubella retinopathy diagnosis. Primary Care Optometry News. January 2018.

Borgman CJ, Savoy RS. The poor man’s red/green test. Optometry Times. February 2017.

Borgman CJ, Kenney R. Patient presents with long-term droopy eyelid. Primary Care Optometry News. September 2016.

Borgman CJ. Traumatic choroidal rupture and macular hole in a 10-year-old child: case report and review. Clinical and Refractive Optometry (Canada). July 2016;27(3):113-9.

Borgman CJ. Early diagnosis crucial in sickle cell retinopathy. Primary Care Optometry News. March 2016.

Borgman CJ. Off-label uses of common ophthalmic medications. Primary Care Optometry News. October 2015.

Bost M, Borgman CJ. Decreased vision on the left side leads to hemianopia diagnosis. Optometry Times. April 2015.

Borgman CJ. Many common conditions respond to inexpensive treatment options. Primary Care Optometry News. January 2015.

Borgman CJ. Why residency was the best decision I ever made for my career. Optometry Times. December 2014.

Borgman CJ. Putting patients at ease in the exam room. Optometry Times. August 2014.

Borgman CJ. Neovascular glaucoma: a serious secondary condition. Review of Optometry. August 2014: 58-65.

Borgman CJ. Appropriate care, proper coding can maximize reimbursement. Primary Care Optometry News. August 2014.

Memphis Daily News. “Lower Risk of Degenerative Eye Condition”, April 23, 2014.

Memphis Daily News. “Cataracts Can Be Slowed, Treated With Proper Care”, May 8, 2014.

Memphis Daily News. “Diabetes and the Importance of Eye Care.” May 21, 2014.

Memphis Daily News. “Glaucoma’s Effects Have Broad Reach”, June 4, 2014.

The Des Moines Register. “Diabetics have greater risk of vision loss and blindness.” Nov 9, 2011.

The Des Moines Register. “Cataracts: eye problem is highly treatable.” Dec 7, 2011.


AAO 2018 --- “Tonometry Measurements Over Soft Contact Lenses in Healthy Subjects”. Wester A, Christensen M, Borgman C. San Antonio.

AAO 2017 --- “Tonometry Over Three Different Bandage Contact Lenses.” Hill K, Christensen M, Borgman C. Chicago.

AOA 2016 --- “The Comparison of Central Corneal Thickness Amongst 4 Different Technology Devices.” Brown L, Christensen M, Borgman C. Boston.

SECO 2016 --- “The Curious Case of Pontine Infarction: The Nine Syndrome”

AAO 2015 --- “The Flipped Classroom, a platform to introduce new faculty to didactic teaching in an optometry program.” Edmondson W, Snyder J, Borgman C. New Orleans.

SECO 2015 ---“Horner Syndrome Secondary to Internal Carotid Artery Dissection”

SECO 2015 ---“What’s the Weber’s Syndrome? A Case Report.”

SECO 2011 ---“Impending Stage 5 Sickle Cell Retinopathy: Case Report and Review”


Radio Interview with Vance Durbin for “Eye On Vision Program” FM 89.3---May 19, 2014