Connie L. Chronister OD, MS

Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Connie ChronisterEducation: 

  • BS, Elizabethtown College 
  • BS, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry 
  • Dr. Chronister is a 1986 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and she completed a Primary Care Residency at The Eye Institute in 1987. 
  • MS, Salus University, College of Education and Rehabilitation

Role At Salus University:

  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    • Chief of Suite 1, The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry
    • Coordinator Ocular Biology Laboratories
    • Lecturer in Ocular Biology Course
    • Lecturer in Ocular Microbiology & Immunology
    • Clinical Case Conference Course Moderator

Professional Honors and Activities:

  • Low Vision Specialist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Pennsylvania Optometric Association
  • Onofrey G. Rybachok Educator of the Year for 1996-97
  • Clinical Educator of the Year at PCO for 1991

Clinical Specialty:

  • Primary Care
  • Low Vision

Selected Representative Publications:

  • Pagani, J.M., Kaiser, H.M., Chronister, C.L.  Recommendations from the Quality Assurance Committee.  Review of Optometry, Vol. 144, No. 11, p. 27-34, Nov. 2007.
  • Chronister, C.L.   Aspirin Doses for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention:  Higher is not Necessarily Better.  Optometry 2007. 78:  510 (Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L.   Benefits of fish intake outweigh the risks.  Optometry 2007. 78(7): 5 (Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L.   Discontinuation of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Leads to Cryptococcal Meningitis/Choroiditis in an AIDS Patient.  Optometry 2006.  77(9):438-45.
  • Chronister, C.L.   Coffee Consumption as a Public Health Strategy?  Optometry 2006.  77(8):380.  (JAMA Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L. , Wasilauski, M.E.  Recurrent Corneal Erosion (RCE) Secondary to Lattice Dystrophy in a Patient with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  Optometry 2005.  76:713-9.
  • Pukl, JD, Chronister, C.L.   Black Spot Becomes Stain on Patient’s Health.  Review of Optometry 2005.  142(11):86-92.
  • Chronister, C.L.   Clinical Empathy in the Patient-Physician Relationship.  Optometry 2005.  76(10):565-6.  (JAMA Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L. , Gurwood, AS, Merckle, S.J.  Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy:  A Case Report.  Optometry 2005.  76:302-8.
  • Chronister, C.L.   Migraine and Brain Lesions.  Optometry 2005.  76(5):357.  (JAMA Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L. :  Hyperlipidemia in Women.  Optometry 2004.  75(10):612.  (JAMA Medical Abstract).
  • Chronister, C.L. , Lee, A., Kaiser, H.:  Rarely reported cases of congenital atresia of nasolacrimal puncta.  Optometry 2002.  Apr: 73(4):237-42
  • Walia, J.S., Chronister, C.L.  Possible Iatrogenic Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease via Tonometer Tips:  A Review of the Literature.  Optometry 2001 72(10) October.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Bright, D.C., Altenderfer, D.S.  HIV and AIDS.  In:  Thomann, K.H., Marks, E.S., Adamczyk, D.T., eds. Primary Eyecare in Systemic Disease.  Second Edition, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2001.
  • Lewis, T., Chronister, C.L. , Etiology and Pathophysiology of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.  In:  Fingeret, M., Lewis, T.L., eds.  Primary Care of the Glaucomas.  Second Edition, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2001.
  • Chronister, C.L.  Contact Lens Considerations for Patients Infected with HIV. J Am Optom Assoc 2000; 71(4):249-58
  • Chronister, C.L. , Cohen N.A., Stevens, S.A., How to detect, treat and contain infectious diseases. Review of Optometry July 15, 1999; 136(7): 65-77.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Gurwood, AS., Type 2 Diabetes in Association with HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors in HIV-Infected Patients. J Am Optom Assoc. 1998, 69(11):695-698.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Pelino C., Tainted Drug Causes Unusual Ocular Side Effects. Review of Optometry. November 15, 1998, 135(11):89-90.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Protect Yourself and Your Patients from Infectious Diseases. Optometry Today. October 1998, 6(9):42.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Review of External Ocular Disease Associated with AIDS and HIV Infection. Optometry and Vision Science. April 1996, 73(4):225-230.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Serologic Confirmation of HIV Infection. Optometry and Vision Science. May 1995, 72(5):299-301.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Women and HIV Infection/AIDS. New Eng J of Optometry. Fall 1994, 46(4): 111-114.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Pagani, J.M., What you should know about HIV testing. Review of Optometry. June 1994, 131(6): 85-88.
  • Chronister, C.L. , Gurwood AS, Literature Review of Hepatitis B: Should Eye Care Practitioners Receive a Hepatitis B Vaccine? Optometry and Vision Science. November, 1992, 69(11):898-903.

Teaching Awards

  • Onofrey G. Rybachok Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Department of Clinical and Basic Sciences
  • Clinical Educator of the Year Award for Teaching and Clinical Excellence
    The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry,
    Department of Clinical Sciences