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Raman Bhakhri, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry





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Dr. Bhakhri is an associate professor at ICO. He currently teaches the ocular pharmacology course. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Dr. Bhakhri completed a post-graduate residency at the Illinois College of Optometry/Chicago Lighthouse in low vision and ocular disease. He then taught for seven years at the Southern California College of Optometry where he was responsible for the low vision and retina courses. He is currently a member of the Illinois Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, and the Optometric Retina Society. Dr. Bhakhri is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves as the vice chair of their Faculty-Student liaison committee. Dr. Bhakhri lectures frequently at the local, state, and national level on ocular disease, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular pharmacology.

Special Interests

Retina, Low Vision, and Ocular Pharmacology


2006 University of Alberta 

2010 Pennsylvania College of Optometry 

2012 Illinois College of Optometry, Low Vision and Ocular Disease Residency 


2019-present Illinois College of Optometry

2012 - 2019 Southern California College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
Illinois Optometric Association

Optometric Retina Society

American Board of Optometry


Yacoub R, and Bhakhri R. Cosmetic Iris Implants with Associated Bilateral Secondary Angle Closure.  Optom Vis Sci 2019; 195.


Bhakhri R, Yacoub R. Pachychoroid Pigment Epitheliopathy.  Optom Vis Sci 2019; 87.


Bhakhri R, Yacoub R, and Patel R. Focal Choroidal Excavation: Conversion from Conforming to Non-conforming with Resolution in a Pregnant Female.  Optom Vis Sci 2019; 110.


Bhakhri R, Yoshinaga P. Optometry’s Meeting. 2019.  Bilateral peri-papillary choroidal neovascularization membranes secondary to optic nerve head drusen in a young patient E-poster: 78.


Bhakhri R, Patel K.  Persistent Placoid Maculopathy.  Optom Vis Sci 2017;94:E-abstract 175298.


Bhakhri R et al.  Reversal of white spots and night blindness:  a case of Vitamin A deficiency.  Optom Vis Sci 2016;93:E-abstract 165298.


Bhakhri R, Sawamura M. Pituitary macroadenoma in a monocular patient: correlating structural loss to functional loss. Optom Vis Sci 2016;93:E-abstract 165297 .


Plaumann M, Bhakhri R. Using Optical Coherence Tomograhpy to Diagnose and Monitor Commotio Retinae in the Pediatric Population. Optom Vis Sci 2016;93:E-abstract 165041.


Bhakhri R, Yoshinaga P, Romeo, S. Adult Onset Stargardt Disease with Foveal Preservation.  Optom Vis Sci 2015;92:E-abstract 155308.


Bhakhri R. Tapatel Retinal Sheen Imaging in an X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa Carrier.  Optom Vis Sci 2015;92:E-abstract 155306.


Han S, Bhakhri R, Chen A. Torpedo Maculopathy.  Optom Vis Sci 2015;92:E-abstract 155215.


Comer G, Bhakhri R. Fundus Auto Fluorescence in the Evaluation of Retinitis Pigmentosa: Structure to Function Correlation.  Optom Vis Sci 2014;91:E-abstract 145312.


Bhakhri R, Ittner, E. A Case of Progressive Outer Retinal Necrosis.  Optometry 2012. 83(7): E-abstract 54.


Bhakhri R, Chun R, Coalter JD, Jay WJ. A Survey of Smart Phone Usage in Low Vision Patients.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 2012; 53: ARVO E-abstract 4421.


Bhakhri R, Ridder WH, 3rd, Adrean S. Case Report: Delayed Vitamin A Retinopathy Secondary to Bariatric Surgery. Optometry and vision science. 2019;96(3):227-232


Bhakhri R, Yoshinaga P. Adaptive Technology. In: Jamara R, Matchinski T, Hinkley S, Citek K  eds. Low Vision Rehabilitation. Boulder: Ridgevue Publishing; 2019:240–278.


Bhakhri R, Ridder WH, 3rd. Gyrate atrophy-like phenotype: normal plasma ornithine and retinal crystals. Optometry and Vision Science 2016;93(9):1173-80.


Ittner EA, Bhakhri R, Newman T. Necrotising herpetic retinopathies: a review and progressive outer retinal necrosis case report. Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 2016;99(1):24-9.


Bhakhri R. X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. California Optometry. December 2015.


Bhakhri R. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography and auto-fluorescence findings in adult-onset vitelliform dystrophy. Clinical & Experimental Optometry. 2015;98(3):292-293.


Bhakhri R. Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. California Optometry. 2014;41(1):44-50.


Bhakhri R. Clinical findings and management of multiple evanescent white dot syndrome. Optometry and Vision Science. 2013;90(10):e263-268.


Chun R, Bhakhri R, Coalter J, Jay WM. Smartphone usage in patients with optic atrophy. Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2012;36(5):193-5.


Bhakhri R, Cymbor, M. Intravitreal bevacizumab holds promise for treating neovascular glaucoma. Primary Care Optometry News. 2010 April:10.

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