Dr. Ian W. McWherter graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA, with highest honors in May 2012. Dr. McWherter completed rotations at Veterans’ hospitals in Charleston, SC, and Muskogee, OK, as well as private practices in Fairfax, VA, and Savannah, GA. In 2012, Dr. McWherter was accepted to the Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers Optometric Residency Program, specializing in ocular disease. Upon completion of his 13-month post-doctoral training, Dr. McWherter practiced optometry in the Kentuckiana area, then returned to Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers in 2014 as a full time consultative optometrist.
Among his many academic honors and achievements, Dr. McWherter was named “Best in Class 2012” by “Vision Monday,” an optometric journal, for being a top student at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Additionally, he has been actively involved in many volunteer and charitable organizations, including the Lions Club and serving as the student member to the Board of Trustees at his university. In 2011, Dr. McWherter won first place in the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl in Salt Lake City, Utah, an academic challenge against students from other optometry schools across the country. In 2018 he was named the Kentucky Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year.
Upon acceptance into the Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers Optometric Residency Program, Dr. McWherter received the Optometric Residency Matching Service’s Scholarship for obtaining one of the top four scores on the National Optometry Boards in his year’s residency class. He has also received several other awards including the Alumni Association Award, membership in the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, the Clinical Excellence Citation, and the Beta Sigma Kappa Award.
Dr. McWherter is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Research for the Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville, Pikeville, KY, adjunct faculty at the Indiana University School of Optometry and Vice President of the Louisville Glaucoma Society. Dr. McWherter is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kentucky Optometric Association.
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