United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Optometry Internet Webpage

Optometry Service Program Information

Program Name

Veterans Health Administration Optometry Service

Audience Statement

This website page is intended to provide information about the Department of Veterans Affairs Optometry Service program to Veterans, the public, trainees, optometrists, and researchers as well as healthcare providers and employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

About Us

The decentralized VA Central Office Optometry Service program within the Office of Specialty Care Services in the Office of Patient Care Services is responsible for:

  • Serving as the Optometry subject matter expert to the Under Secretary for Health and the Veterans Health Administration
  • Advocating for the field and providing guidance and oversight for field-based Optometry Service programs
  • Developing policies and procedures aimed at improving processes and optometric eye and vision care services provided to patients and residents
  • Serving as the Optometry consultant on clinical, business and legal manners with other VA offices/services/ programs such as the Office of the Under Secretary for Health, the Office of Research and Development, the Office of Clinical Logistics, the Chief Business Office, the Office of Academic Affiliations, Geriatrics and Extended Care, General Council, the Office of Rehabilitation Services, the Office of Mental Health Services, the Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Office, the Office of Care Coordination and the Prosthetic and Sensory Aid Service, among others.
  • Providing innovative strategies to improve the delivery of high quality optometric eye and vision care services as well as clinical outcomes for patients
  • Ensuring excellence in optometric patient care, education and training, and research to meet the ever changing needs of the Veterans we serve

Useful Website Links

Frequently Asked Questions: Inquiry Routing and Information System (IRIS)

Leadership

Photograph of Dr. John Townsend, Director of VA Optometry Service

John C. Townsend, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Director, Optometry Service

Biography

Contact Information:

VHA Optometry Service Primary Contact 
Ms. Kathy Gernhart
Administrative Officer, Optometry Service
Specialty Care Services (10P4E), within Office of Patient Care Services
Veterans Health Administration
103 South Gay Street, Room 714
Baltimore, MD  21202-4061
Email: Kathleen.Gernhart@va.gov
Telephone: 410-779-1576
Hours 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM EST
Fax: 410-779-1581
VHA Optometry Service Director
John C. Townsend, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Director, Optometry Service
Specialty Care Services (10P4E), within Office of Patient Care Services
Veterans Health Administration
103 South Gay Street, Room 714
Baltimore, MD  21202-4061
Email: John.Townsend@va.gov
Telephone: 410-779-1576
Hours 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM EST
Fax: 410-779-1581
VHA Optometry Service Website Administrators

Jesse Hamilton, O.D.

Gurjit Singh, O.D.

 

VHA Optometry Service Optometrist Directory

VHA Residency Trained Optometrist Directory

Katherine Wang, O.D.

Veterans Health Administration

http://www.va.gov/health/index.asp

Veterans Benefits Administration

http://www.vba.va.gov/

Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Home

https://iris.va.gov/scripts/iris.cfg/php.exe/enduser/home.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Affairs Inquiries

All public affairs inquiries should be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Office at (202) 273-6000.

National VA Toll-free Numbers

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