- Senior Instructor, CWRU School of Medicine
Dr. Irene Zeller, OD, is a pediatric optometrist at University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women & Children located in Midtown. She is a senior instructor at Case Western Reserve University. She first became interested in optometry as a profession in high school, where she was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science Award for her performance in biology. Winning this award provided her with a scholarship to attend the University of Rochester in New York, where many companies related to the visual sciences were located, including Eastman Kodak, The Rochester Institute of Technology, and Bausch and Lomb. Learning about these industries lead her to pursue a career in optometry. She attended the University of Houston College of Optometry and graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry in 2002.
After optometry school, Dr. Zeller worked in a hospital-based clinical setting in Pennsylvania, where she practiced medical optometry. After getting married, she and her husband decided to move back to Ohio where she was born and raised. She worked in a private practice setting in Westlake for many years, providing comprehensive eye care and contact lenses services to patients of all ages.
Now Dr. Zeller is honored to care for the patients at the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children. Her clinical interests include myopia control, fitting of contact lenses in the pediatric population, and examining children with special needs. She is also concerned about the rise in diabetes in the younger population and educates on diabetes prevention.
University Of Houston College Of Optometry (2002)
University Of Rochester (1997)
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As of December 31, 2016, Irene Zeller did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.