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Hefner VA Medical Center Optometry Service
 Salisbury, North Carolina

Supporting the Veterans Health Administration’s
 Training & Education Mission

Optometry Training Program
 Hefner VA Medical Center
Salisbury, North Carolina


 Clinical Overview

  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Specialty Contact Lens Clinics
  • Advanced Low Vision Clinic
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinics
  • Polytrauma/TBI Clinics
  • Rotations with Ophthalmology Subspecialties

• Glaucoma
• Retina
• Cornea




Six positions available 2016/2017




2015-16 Optometry Residents

  • Mary Bowen (UAB)
  • Kevin Hart (SCO)
  • Ashley Stowe (SCO)
  • Aynsley Girardeau (UAB) 
  • Priya Joshi (UAB)
  • Becky McLaughlin (NOVA)



Externship Program

Active educational program serving six affiliated schools or colleges of optometry


Academic Affiliations


Residency Program in Primary Eye Care
  • Affiliated with Southern College of Optometry

Six Affiliated Externship Programs
  • Southern College of Optometry
  • Salus University (PCO)
  • The Ohio State University
  • NOVA Southeastern University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Illinois College of Optometry



About the Salisbury VA

  • One of the top five fastest growing VAMCs
  • Third largest optometry program in the VA
  • Optometry Service made up of over 40 staff based at four locations – including 19 staff optometrists
  • On-Site Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea & Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Optometry Service (Organized under the hospital’s Chief of Staff):
    • Over 44,000 eye examinations
    • Over 80,000 patient encounters (including low vision, telehealth, etc.)



Clinical Experience

Work with experienced providers from multiple disciplines
  • Residents rotate with retina, glaucoma & cornea specialists
    * Weekly case conferences and lecture presentations




Common Clinical Experiences

Emphasis on Ocular Disease
  • Diabetic and other vascular diseases
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma management
    • Almost 3,000 active patients with glaucoma
  • Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
    • Extensive experience with posterior segment
    • On-site imaging & laboratory
    • All medical records, images and reports available on the electronic medical record



Expanded Clinical Experiences

Advanced Low Vision (Residents & Externs)
  • Staff doctors with extensive training and experience
  • Wide range of low vision devices and equipment
  • Multidisciplinary staff including certified staff in Low Vision Therapy, Orientation & Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Training, and Computer
  • Access
Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation (Residents & Externs)
  • Experience with Acquired Brain Injury (Trauma, CVA, etc)
Specialty Contact Lenses (Residents)
Medically necessary contact lenses
  • Keratoconus
  • Post refractive
  • Anisometropia
  • High refractive error
  • Glare protective
  • Prosthetic lenses
Geriatric care (Residents & Externs)
  • Extensive experience with older patients
  • Bedside eye exams (occasional)
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic
    • Separate Multi-disciplinary clinic including optometry
Research (available upon request)
  • Opportunity to collaborate with local VA optometry researchers with over $1.8 million in funding for vision related projects



Salisbury VA Medical Center
  • Main hospital & Eye Clinics
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • In-Patient, Long-Term & Most Out-Patient Specialty Care
Kernersville VA Health Care Center
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • Advanced Low Vision
  • Specialty Contact Lenses
Charlotte VA Health Care Center
  • Optometry & Ophthalmology specialty care
  • Advanced Low Vision
  • Specialty Contact Lenses



Salisbury VA Medical Center


Salisbury Optometry Clinic

  • 12 eye exam rooms (additional support rooms)
  • Cirrus OCT (Posterior segment)
  • Visante OCT (Anterior segment)
  • Humphrey field analyzer
  • Digital retinal camera
  • Digital slit lamp camera
  • Micro Perimeter
  • Octopus Visual field
  • Pentacam



Kernersville VA Health Care Center

Opening February 2016

  • 16 Exam Lanes
  • 2 Cirrus OCTs
    • with OCT angiography
  • Ocular Cameras
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Advanced Low Vision



Charlotte VA Health Care Center

Opening April 2016

  • 22 Exam Lanes
  • 2 Cirrus OCTs 
    • with OCT angiography
  • Pentacam
  • Ocular Cameras
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Contact Lens Clinic
  • Advanced Low Vision



Salisbury VA Residency Program Strengths

  • Diverse backgrounds of staff ODs representing multiple optometry training programs
  • Large patient volume
  • Weekly educational conferences
    • Case presentations
    • Fluorescein discussion
    • OCT discussion
    • Lectures by Staff Doctors and Residents


Committed to Veteran Care and Educating Future Generations of Optometrists


Jeff Joy, OD, FAAO
[email protected]
W.G. 'Bill' Hefner VA Medical Center 
Jeffrey T. Joy, OD, FAAO 
Optometric Residency Supervisor 
Optometry Service 
Mail code 11I 
1601 Brenner Ave. 
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-638-9000 ext 13783
704-645-6020 (f)