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Dr. Theresa J. Ruggiero

With 20 years in private practice, Dr. Theresa J. Ruggiero is at the forefront of her field and a recognized authority on developmental/behavioral optometry and vision therapy. She is board certified in vision development and vision therapy and a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).

Dr. Ruggiero believes everyone benefits from having their vision assessed within the context of their life’s demands. “I love what I do,” she said. “It gives me immeasurable pleasure to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.  Whether it’s enabling a child to read fluently, eliminating double vision for someone who has struggled for years or fitting a teenager with contact lenses for the first time, it thrills me to help my patients transform their lives and reach their highest potential and goals.”

Dr. Ruggiero received her optometric training in New York, where she graduated at the top of her class and worked with some of the most brilliant pioneers in the field of developmental optometry. Today she is considered an authority on developmental optometry and vision therapy and is frequently invited to give lectures to both local and national audiences. She has garnered worldwide press for her work and has been interviewed on programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition, Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and the BBC’s European Edition of “Imagine.” She is a frequent lecturer to educators, rehabilitation and therapy providers, and other eye care specialists. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the New England College of Optometry and trains interns from the school in her Northampton practice.

Dr. Ruggiero is thorough, knowledgeable, compassionate, smart and I wish I’d come sooner. I love her interest in how the eyes and brain work together. As a diabetic of 38+ years, I feel very confident in trusting my vision care to her.

Rachel Simpson

Northampton, MA

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