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Optometry Residency

We see you here, learning and growing through your focus on patient care. Our one-year residency programs in Optometry with Ocular Disease Focus and Optometry in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation deliver exceptional education and hands-on training using cutting-edge technology. Let’s see what we can do for patients together.

How to apply


Our Optometry residencies, Optometry with Ocular Disease Focus and Optometry in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, offer vast outpatient care in our multidisciplinary healthcare system. You’ll practice at our flagship medical center in La Crosse, Wis., a destination for patients near and far, and at our regional clinics for a diverse experience. We believe in learning from each other, so you’ll work alongside our respected Ophthalmology and Optometry departments on rare and complex cases. We’re proud to affiliate with the Indiana University School of Optometry.

Clinical experience in Ophthalmology

One unique aspect of our residency is the relationship that you’ll form with our respected Ophthalmology team. You will work directly with ophthalmologists and see patients with medical complexities that similar programs do not offer. When you need to, walk down the hall to consult with any of our specialists in glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic, pediatrics and retina.

Cutting-edge technology

Our residents have access to state-of-the-art photography and technology, including Pentacam, Heidelberg OCT, including OCT- A, Humphrey visual fields, Optos with wide-field fluorescein angiography, specular microscopy, anterior and posterior segment photography, Sanet Vision Integrator, RightEye and B-scan. After our year together, you’ll feel confident to practice in any optometric setting.

Family statue outside Gundersen's La Crosse hospital.


We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational experiences and more benefits to support you during your residency.

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Resident life at Gundersen

We are focused on your professional development, and your personal growth and wellness. We support our residents through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging residency period so you retain your compassion for patients and passion for optometry while living your best life. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and resident well-being is by:  

  • Offering affordable resident housing just steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse  
  • Building in longitudinal time for personal wellness and engaging resident team-building activities 
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love. We call it love + medicine. La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.

A look inside our program

Why Gundersen

Aerial view of la crosse, wisconsin.

Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

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Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

Wellness opportunities
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We’re here to answer your questions. 

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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