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Eric Harris, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor of Optometry





Why ICO?

As much as I have enjoyed full-time direct patient care over the past 10 years, I’m ready to embrace more of my natural creative interests. My goal is to bring more diverse young, active, and influential minds into the profession of optometry, and ensure that new graduates are mentally equipped for the complexities of patient care and life after graduation.


I have been practicing optometry since 2011. Emergency eye care is my favorite mode of practice.  The more complex, the better. I have a gift of making meaningful connections with patients; and I have learned that resolving a one’s sudden eye care needs often results in an even stronger doctor-patient relationship.

I am new to the Chicago area and I look forward to working with staff, faculty, and students here at ICO.  As a runner, I also look forward to all the scenic areas to catch a few miles.

Special Interests

Ocular disease, primary eye care, public health, mentorship


2012 Residency; OMNI Eye Services of Atlanta

2011 Doctor of Optometry; University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry

2007 BS in Biochemistry and Biotechnology; University of Missouri-St. Louis


2019-2021 Washington University in St. Louis; Department of Ophthalmology 

2017-2019 Commercial Optometry

2015-2017 Independent Optometry 

2012-2015 Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital 

Awards & Honors

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Optometry

National Board Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I Council

American Optometric Association


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