Robert Duckman, OD, MS
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036


Education

 

New School for Social Research, MA, 1975

New England College of Optometry, OD, 1970

New England College of Optometry, BA, 1969

Queens College, BA, 1965

University of Pittsburgh, September 1961-May, 1962

Employment History

 
  • July, 2006-Present: State University of New York College of Optometry
    Chair, Department of Vision Sciences

  • January, 1995-Present: State University of New York College of Optometry
    Director, Children with Special Needs Clinic 

  • May, 1998-Present: Private Practice, Part Time

  • January, 1990-May, 1998: University Vision Associates
    Private Practice - Part-Time

  • July, 1988- Present: State University of New York College of Optometry
    Professor

  • September, 1987-June, 1993: Jewish Guild for the Blind
    Special Projects Consultant

  • April, 1986-June, 1995: University Optometric Center, State University of New York College of Optometry
    Chief, Infant's Vision Clinic

Papers, Posters and Presentations

 

“Visual Therapy for the Child with Special Needs,” Colorado Vision Summit, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, July 15, 2006.

“Development of Spatial Concepts in the Young Child,” Colorado Vision Summit, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, July 15, 2006.

“Optometric Examination and Care of the Infant/toddler,” Colorado Vision Summit, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, July 14, 2006.

“Optometric Care of the Child with Special Needs,” Colorado Vision Summit, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, July 14, 2006.

“Optometric Care of the Infant/Toddler Patient,” Vision Expo East, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, New York, June 30,2006.

“Optometric Care of the Child with Special Needs,” In-House lecture to nurses working with special populations, SUNY, State College of Optometry, New York, New York, May 20, 2004.

“Theoretical, Functional and Practical Aspects of Visual Development in the Pediatric Population,” New York State Optometric Association Meeting, Lake Placid, New York, February 6, 2004.

“What Can Babies See?,” Public education lecture series to explain how infants can be tested and what can be done to intervene with identified anomalies in the infant and toddler. SUNY, Optometry, New York, NY, March, 2003.

“Amblyopia Treatment Study,” One hour faculty development lecture, SUNY, Optometry, New York, NY, March 25, 2003.

“Optometric Care of the Child with Special Needs,” 2 Hour Ellerbrock Continuing Education Course, American Academy of Optometry, Annual Meetings, San Diego, CA, December 12, 2002.

“The Visual Needs of the Special Needs Child,” Presentation to AMAC (Association for the Management of Autistic Children), New York, New York, July 24, 2002.

“Infants Can Tell You What They See If You Know How To Listen,” Invited speaker, SUNY, College of Optometry Outreach Program, New York, New York, March 27, 2002.

“Optometric Care of the Yound Child: Theoretical, Functional and Practical Issues of Development,” Invited guest speaker, New York Academy of Optometry meeting, New York, New York, March 19, 2002.

“Optometric Care of the Child with Special Needs,” 2 Hour Ellerbrock Continuing Education Course, American Academy of Optometry, Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, December 6, 2001.

“Vision and the Child with Special Needs,” Symposium sponsored by SUNY, Optometry, New York, New York,
April 19, 2001 - Participant and Organizer.

“Visual Problems of Children in Poverty,” Askwith Educational Forum, Panel Discussion, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 4, 2001.

“Delivery of Vision Care to Children in Foster Care Placements in New York City” presented at a Symposium “Visual Problems of Children in Poverty and Their Interference with Learning,” at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, April 4, 2001.

“Optometric Care of the Young Child: Theoretical, Functional, and Practical Issues of Development,” Educational Seminar, March 25 & 26, 2001, Brussels, Belgium.

“Dyslexia: What Is It All About”, Zeiss Vision Institute, October 9, 2000, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Dyslexia: What Is It All About”, Zeiss Vision Institute, October 8, 2000, Brussels, Belgium.

“Optometric Care of the Young Child: Theoretical, Functional and Practical Issues of Development” - Three day seminar, Colorado Vision Training Conference, September 22-24, 2000, Winter Park, Colorado.

Vision and Hearing Care to Children in Foster Care Placements in New York City.” Poster presentation at the American Academy of Optometry, December 14, 1998, San Francisco, California, co-authored with Dr. Trudy Festinger, New York University, School of Social Work.

“The Impact of Impaired Vision on Development.” Inservice Presentation to the Jewish Guild for the Blind, November 17, 1997, New York City.

“What’s So Special About Children with Special Needs?” A poster presentation at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting, October, 1996, Atlanta, Georgia.

"A Transdisciplinary Approach to Effective Rehabilitation of the Multiply-Impaired Child: A Case Study of Nathan." Poster presentation with Rhoda Erhardt at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting, October 25, 1995, Palm Springs, California

"Photorefraction for Infants," Precision Optometric Symposium, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 17, 1994.

"Oculo-Motor Therapy in Multiply-Handicapped Patients," Precision Optometric Symposium, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 17, 1994.

"Therapy for Ocular and Visual Problems in the Infant/Toddler Patient," Precision Optometric Symposium, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 16, 1994.

"Examination of the Infant/Toddler Patient," Precision Optometric Symposium, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 16, 1994.

"Visual Rehabilitation in Severely Impaired, Multiply-Handicapped Children," Lecture in Therapy and Rehabilitation Section, 4th Meeting of the Child Vision Research Society, Lyon, France, July 11-13, 1993.

Publications

 

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2007. “Stability of Visual Acuity Improvement Following Discontinuation of Amblyopia Treatment in Children 7 to 12 Years Old.” Arch Ophthalmol, 125:655-659.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, 2006. “A Randomized Trial to Evaluate 2 Hours of Daily Patching for Strabismic and Anisometropic Amblyopia in Children.” Ophthalmol, 1136):90-912.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, 2006. “Treatment of Anisometropic Amblyopia in Children with Refractive Correction.” Ophthalmol, 113(6):896-903.

Duckman, Robert, Editor and contributor. Visual Development, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Pediatric Patient. May, 2006, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2005. “Randomized Trial of Treatment of Amblyopia in Children 7 to 17 Years.” Arch Ophthalmol, 123:437-447.

Festinger T, Duckman RH. 2004. “Vision status among foster children in New York City: A Research Note.” Social Work Health Care, 38(4):77-81.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2003. “A comparison of atropine and patching treatments for moderate amblyopia by patient age, cause of amblyopia, depth of amblyopia and other factors.” Ophthalmology, 110:1632-38.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2003. “The course of moderate amblyopia treated with patching in children:experience of the Amblyopia Treatment Study.” Am J Ophthalmol, 136:620-629.
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2003. “The course of moderate amblyopia treated with atropine in children: experience of the Amblyopia Treatment Study.” Am J Ophthalmol, 136:630-39.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2003. “Impact of patching and atropine on the child and family in the amblyopia treatment study.” Arch Ophthalmol, 121:1625-32.
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 2002. “A randomized trial of atropine vs. patching for treatment of moderate amblyopia in children.” Arch of Ophthalmol, 120:268-278.

Festinger Trudy, Duckman Robert. 2000. “Seeing and Hearing: Vision and Audiology Status of Foster Children in New York City.” Journal of Behavioral Optometry, 11(3):59-66.

Erhardt RP, Duckman RH. 1997. “Visual-Perceptual-Motor Dysfunction:Effects on Eye-Hand Coordination and Skill Development.” Chapter 5, Functional Visual Behavior, Ed. Michelle Gentile, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, Maryland.

Duckman RH. “Photorefraction: An Update.” Journal of Optometric Vision Development, Volume 27, Summer, 1996:pp68-79.

Sherman J & Duckman RH. On Call - Baby's First Birthday: A Sad Celebration. Optometric Management, May, 1995:pp 49-51.

Duckman, RH. "Management of Functional and Perceptual Disorders in Patients with Developmental Disabilities." Chapter 9. Optometric Problem Solving Series, Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations, Ed. Dominick Maino, Mosby, St. Louis, 1995.

Rosenfield M, Chiu NN, Ciuffreda KJ, Duckman RH. "Accommodative Adaptation in Children." Optometry and Vis Science, 71(4):246-9, 1994.

Duckman RH, FitzGerald, DE. "Evaluation of Intra-Ocular Pressure In A Pediatric Population Using A Hand-Held Non-Contact Tonometer Without The Use of Anesthesia." Optometry and Vis Science, 69(9):705-9, 1992.

Duckman RH, "Utilization of Photorefraction to Evaluate Refractive Error, Ocular Alignment and Accommodation in Infants, Toddlers and Multiply Handicapped Children," Chapter Two in "Problems in Optometry - Pediatric Concerns," 2(3):333-353, Lippincott & Company, Philadelphia, September, 1990.

Abramov I, Hainline L, & Duckman RH, "Screening Infant Vision with Paraxial Photorefraction", Optometry
and Vision Science, 67(7):538-545, 1990.

Trief E, Duckman RH, Morse AR, Silberman RK, "Retinopathy of Prematurity," J of Visual Impairment and Blindness; 83(12):500-504, 1989.

Duckman RH, Tulloch D, "Object Permanence and Expressive Language Skills in Visually Typical, Atypical and Down's Syndrome Infants," ERIC Reports, # ED 286-294, February, 1988.

Kran B, Duckman RH, "Divergence Excess Exotropia," J Am Optom Assoc, 58 (11): 921-930, 1987.

Duckman RH, Meyer B, "Use of Photoretinoscopy as a Screening Technique in the Assessment of Anisometropia and Significant Refractive Error in Infants/Toddlers and Special Populations," Am J Optom
Physiol Optics, 64 (8): 604 - 610, 1987.

Duckman RH, "Management of Binocular Anomalies: Efficacy of Vision Training in Exotropia," Invited Contributor to Symposium Issue of Am J Optom and Physiol Optics, 64(6):421-429, 1987.

Duckman RH, "Visual Training in the Cerebral Palsy Population," J Am Optom Assoc, 58 (1): 28-35, 1987.

Duckman, RH, "Visual Problems," Chapter VI, Treating Cerebral Palsy: For Clinicians by Clinicians. Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed, Edited by Eugene T. McDonald, 1987.

Flax N, Selenow A, Duckman RH, Ciuffreda K, Suchoff I, Petito T, Press L, "Vision Therapy and Insurance: A Position Statement," Published by SUNY-Optometry, New York, 1986.

Duckman RH, "Effectiveness of Optometric Visual Training in a Population of Severely Involved Cerebral Palsied Children Utilizing Professional, Non-Optometric Therapists," Physical and Occupat Therapy in Ped, 4(4): 75-86, Winter, 1984.

Duckman RH, "Accommodation in Cerebral Palsy: Function and Remediation," J Am Optom Assoc, 55(4):281-283, 1984.

Duckman RH, Selenow A, "Visual Acuity in Neurologically Impaired Children," Am J Optom Physiol Optics, 60(10):817-821, 1983.

Duckman RH, "Effectiveness of Visual Training on a Population of Cerebral Palsied Children," J Am Optom Assoc, 51 (6), pp. 607-614, 1980.

Duckman RH, "Incidence of Visual Anomalies in a Population of Cerebral Palsied Children," J Am Optom Assoc; 50(9):1013 -1016, 1979.

Flax N, Duckman RH, "Orthoptic Treatment of Strabismus," J Am Optom Assoc, 48(12):1353-1361, 1978.

Cooper J, Duckman RH, "Convergence Insufficiency: Incidence, Diagnosis and Treatment," J Am Optom Assoc, 49(6):673-680, 1978.

Coren S, Duckman RH, "Ocular Dominance and Amblyopia," Am J Optom Physiol Optics; 52(1):47-49, 1975.

Komoda M, Festinger L, Duckman RH, Phillips L, "Some Observations on Saccadic Eye Movements," Vis Res, 13(6):1009-1020, 1973.

Duckman RH, "Marihuana - Its Effect on Vision, Perception, and Memory," J Am Optom Assoc, 43(2):160-163, 1972.

Duckman RH, "Eye Position Sense Based on Efference," J Am Optom Assoc, 42(9):942-947, 1971.

Miscellaneous

 
  • October, 2007-Present: Fellow; College of Optometrists in Vision Development

  • April, 1994 March, 2000: Appointed Course Track Master in Pediatric Optometry, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Inc.

  • June, 1990: Lifetime Appointment as Faculty Exchange Scholar of SUNY

  • June, 1989-Present: Appointed Associate of the Infant Study Center team at Brooklyn College.

  • June, 1996-Present: Appointed – Director of Services for Children with Special Needs

  • January, 1988-December,1993: Appointed Chairman, Neonatal Infants' Vision Committee, COVD.
  • December, 1987-Present:  Associate Member, College of Optometrists in Vision Development

  • April, 1986-June, 1996: Appointed; Chief, Infant's Vision Clinic

  • January, 1985-Present: Installed as a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association, and the Optometric City Societies of New York.

  • December,1983: Attained Continuing Appointment at SUNY, State College of Optometry.
  • December, 1983-Present: Fellow; American Academy of Optometry.