Owner | Chief Vision Mechanic
Dr. Ricketts attended The University of Wisconsin and pursued a major in chemistry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he continued his education at the Illinois College of Optometry, earning a Doctorate of Optometry in 1990.
He also attended Vandercook College of Music for a year. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry Dr. Ricketts completed many internships: Primary Care, Ocular Emergencies, Vision Therapy and Low Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute.
He has State Board Certifications in Illinois and Ohio; and is Therapeutically Licensed by the National Board of Optometry for the treatment of Ocular Diseases.
While practicing Optometry in Chicago for over twenty years, Dr. Ricketts has had the privilege of helping many amazing people. Offering continual care and service to “old friends”, while meeting new people everyday is what makes his job so great.
Dr. Ricketts has established Eye Mechanix to be integrated into the community by donating services and forging partnerships with many Chicago not-for-profit organizations.
Sam I am! Although I don't particularly like green eggs and ham, I do like looking into green eyes, or brown or blue... It was on my first visit to the optometrist where I figured out what I wanted to do. There was no looking back and no hesitation between Thing 1 or Thing 2.
I still love Optometry, with the daily mix of interactions and the constant evolution of health, optics, science and technology. On days off, I like to spend time away from the crowds; biking, camping, fishing and hiking with family.
We Asked Dr. Ricketts Some Questions...
Q & A
Q. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I was a Musician many many years ago so i would love to perform again on stage
Q. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Wake up to the sun shining – have a coffee and spend time with family; talking, walking, gardening etc.- and then sitting at the end of the day, watching the sun set. Waking up on a beach having lunch or boating in the Ocean
Q. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Family and Great Friends
Q. If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go?
The 80’s. I was younger and the music was great
Q. Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately?
Hit the snooze
Q. Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Costa Rica…The jungle and beach
This or That?
Cat / Dog
While walking: Music / Podcasts
Cake / Pie
Swimming / Sunbathing
High-tech / Low-tech
Big Party / Small Gathering
What’s worse: Laundry / Dishes?
Jogging / Hiking BOTH
Hamburger / Taco BOTH
At a movie: Candy / Popcorn
Car / Truck
Pen / Pencil
Winter / Summer
Mac / PC