Dr. Hadassa Rutman earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University Of New York College Of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) as well as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).
As a young adolescent, Dr. Rutman had a strabismus (wandering eye) and was experiencing double vision. As a result, she had to work much harder in school and experienced fatigue with reading. With the help of her optometrist she was able to seek the necessary treatment and eliminate her visual symptoms. This facilitated her interest in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision.
Dr. Rutman has been in practice for 10 years and her specialties include Binocular Vision/Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Primary Care. She was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry in the area of Binocular Vision. At this time she taught students in the Vision Therapy and Head Trauma clinics and participated in Clinical Research projects. She is a proud member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). She is currently one of the Board Directors for the COVD Canada Chapter.
Dr. Rutman grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, just north of Toronto. In her early twenties she moved to New York City and lived there for 15 years before moving back to her home town.
Outside of work, Dr. Rutman enjoys spending time with her husband and four very active children, cooking, reading and art. As a teenager, Dr. Rutman loved to paint. In her twenties, she lived in a small apartment and didn’t have the space to paint. She decided to try paper cutting and it has become a lifelong hobby.
A word from Dr. Rutman:
One of my favorite patient stories involves a 21 year old whom I treated with vision therapy. He had strabismus and was experiencing a lot of eyestrain when reading. School had always been difficult for him and he attributed this to not being academically inclined. He managed to graduate high school but dropped out after the first semester of college. He worked hard in our Vision Therapy program, and he came back to see me a few months later for a re-assessment after completion of the program. He noted that reading had become so much easier for him that he re-enrolled in college! It was wonderful to see how a Vision Therapy program changed the course of his career and life.