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Ruth A. Trachimowicz, OD, PhD, FAAO

Associate Professor

Phone: 312-949-7180

Why ICO?

The desire to be able to combine my love of teaching & my clinical skills led me to choose a career at ICO, where a full-time anatomist was actively being sought. Twenty five years later, I still thoroughly enjoy working with the students and remarkably dedicated didactic & clinical faculty at ICO who are eager to share their knowledge and assist the students to become very competent clinicians well prepared for the National Board Examinations and well prepared to enter the field of optometry when they graduate from ICO.


Dr. Ruth Trachimowicz completed her PhD in anatomy at the University of Michigan, a postdoctoral fellowship in retina research at Boston University School of Medicine, and upon completion of her post-doc she accepted a teaching position in anatomy at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. After four years, she decided to change career directions, completing her OD degree at the New England College of Optometry in 1987.

Immediately after graduating from NECO, she joined the faculty at ICO. She teaches the human and ocular anatomy courses and also is actively involved in the first- and second-year optometry laboratories as well as the neuroanatomy labs. She has served on the NBEO Ocular/Visual Biology Subcommittee and has attended NBEO item writing conferences. She currently serves on Optometric Education’s Editorial Review Board.

Special Interests
Development of course assessment tools, development of study aids, human optic nerve development and how it relates to the determination of C/D ratios

1981  Boston University School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellow in Gerontology
1978  University of Michigan, PhD
1971  New England College of Optometry, OD


1987-present  Illinois College of Optometry
1981-85  New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Member, Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
Member, American Optometric Student Association
Member, Optometric Education’s Editorial Review Boardrd


Pang Y, Trachimowicz R, Castells D, Goodfellow G, Maino DM. Optic Nerve Heads in Pediatric African Americans Using Retinal Tomography. Optometry and Vision Science 86 (12):1-6, 2009.

Goodfellow G, Trachimowicz R and Steele G. Patient Literacy Levels Within an Inner-City Optometry Clinic. Optometry Feb; 79(2):98-103, 2008.

Trachimowicz R, Lee D. A Comprehensive Approach to Critically Evaluate an Examination. Optometric Education 24 (3): 77-82, 1999.

Lee D, Brown W, Trachimowicz R. Efficacy and Durability of UV Tints in Plastic Hard Resin Lenses. J Am Optom Assoc 68:709-14, 1997.

Trachimowicz RA, Conto J. Pupil Evaluation. In: Ocular Disease; Diagnosis and Treatment. Roberts D and J Terry editors. Butterworth-Heinemann. Pg.189-210, 1996.