Maria Pica, O.D.

Maria Pica, O.D.

Dr. Pica is the recipient of a number of awards in the field of optometry including: Pediatric Care Clinical Excellence Award, Primary Care Clinical Excellence Award, and the International Optometric Society Gold Key Award.  She is a published author in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.  Dr. Pica spent time studying in Spain at the University of Madrid Complutense.  Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Pica has an ongoing interest in treating patients in the Hispanic community and volunteers a great deal of time in that area.  She is particularly proud of her experience in the area of complex contact lens fitting, including high astigmatism, bifocal and keratoconus lenses.  Dr. Pica thoroughly enjoys working with children, as well as adults.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and travel.

Medical Specialty

Professional Credentials

B.A. in Spanish from Marquette University. honors program, Alumni Achievement Award
B.S. in Visual Sciences, Illinois College of Optometry
O.D. Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago 1994
Externship in primary care and hospital care at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital
Externship in Pediatric care at Maryville Academy
Certified in the treatment and management of ocular diseases, & basic and clinical science, by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and International Board of Optometry
Extensive co-management experience in cataract and refractive surgery
Fluent in Spanish, conversational in Italian
Gold Key International Honor Society

Professional Memberships
American Optometric Assoc., Illinois Optometric Association

Personal Philosophy Towards Medicine
Comprehensive quality patient care in a comfortable family environment

Special Medical Interests
Advanced contact lens fitting
Primary and secondary medical eye care including infectious eye disease and treatment of glaucoma
Pediatric primary eye care