Bruce Gaynes, OD, Pharm D
Bruce Gaynes, OD
Assistant Professor
of Ophthalmology

Subspecialty / Clinical Expertise:
Comprehensive Optometry

Practice Locations:
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

(708) 202-1919

Contact Information:
(708) 216-3408


Undergraduate School:
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL
Biology/Pharmacy Major, 1979

Optometry School:
Illinois College of Optometry
Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science, Vision Science 1982
Doctor of Optometry, 1983

Optometric Residency, 1983-1984
Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Newington, CT

Graduate School:
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Master of Science, Pharmacology 1988

University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL
Doctor of Pharmacy, 1996


  • Licensed Optometrist, 1983
  • Licensed Pharmacist, 1996

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP)
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Midwest National Technology Board
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), Prescription labeling for the visually impaired Advisory Board member
  • United States Public Health Service Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • The Ark Rehabilitation and Social Service Agency


  • 2003 Nominated for the Dr. Eugene Thonar Award for advancing medication use information for those with disabilities. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • 1995 University of Illinois Student and Resident Research Forum Honor Award. “Ondansetron for post-operative nausea and vomiting following cataract surgery”. University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL

Research Interests

  • Ophthalmic drug delivery
  • Ophtalmic imaging
  • Ocular toxicity of systemic pharmacotherapy
  • Translational research applications of novel ophthalmic drug entities
  • Mechanisms to improve drug information accessibility for individuals with visual impairment
  • Cognitive aspects of vision loss