Rutvi Doshi, OD, FAAO, knew that she wanted study optometry after she was fitted for glasses at the age of seven. “I can still recall putting on that first pair and how the world immediately came into focus,” she remembers. “I was able to see the leaves on trees for the first time. At that moment, I realized the importance of vision correction and I wanted to restore that clarity in vision for others.”
The new Director of Optometric Services here at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago went on to study at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. In school, she developed a special interest in contact lenses and completed additional residency training in cornea and contact lenses. At Boston Foundation for Sight, she completed PROSE fellowship training under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Jacobs, a long-time Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary colleague of Chair Dr. Kathryn Colby. “I learned more about Dr. Colby’s vision for the department here at the University of Chicago and wanted to be part of a team that both values patient care and leads research in the field of vision science,” Dr. Doshi explains.
Dr. Doshi enjoys fitting specialty contact lenses and being able to restore vision in patients who otherwise have limited correction options. “I am fascinated by the constant innovation in contact lenses and have special clinical and research interests in dry eye disease, keratoconus and irregular corneas, specialty contact lenses, and myopia control,” she explicates. “As long as I can leave work each day having enriched someone’s life, I feel satisfied.”
What would people be most surprised to learn about you? “Growing up, I often had difficulty completing one-mile running challenges in PE class. In 2014, I completed the Chicago Marathon, and I hope to run more races in the future!”
What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t gone into optometry? “I would have pursued a career as an architect or as an interior designer.”
Where can you be found on weekends? “I love to travel, cook new recipes, try new restaurants in Chicago, and spend time with my family – especially my active toddler!”