Sara Hitchman, OD, joined University Hospitals Eye Institute in March of 2019. She practices comprehensive optometry including contact lens care and the management of ocular disease. Dr. Hitchman teaches optometry externs and ophthalmology residents as a senior instructor with Case Western Reserve University and an associate faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Indiana University College of Optometry, and Western University of Health Sciences.
Born and raised in Butler, Ohio, Dr. Hitchman attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University, graduating with a B.S. in biology. Following her undergraduate work, she attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree. Dr. Hitchman graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Lyle Aloycious Gassman Award. During her time at Ohio State, Dr. Hitchman was awarded the Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence and was honored as the president of the Gold Key Association. Following optometry school, Dr. Hitchman completed an ocular disease residency at The Cincinnati Eye Institute with rotations in retina, glaucoma, anterior segment, uveitis, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology. Prior to joining UH Dr. Hitchman worked in private practice and part time as an optometrist at a refractive surgery center.
Dr. Hitchman provides comprehensive eye care for adults and children including the prescription of glasses, routine and specialty contact lenses, as well as the management of eye infections and injuries. She also provides non-surgical medical management of uveitis, dry eye disease, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. Dr. Hitchman works with the ophthalmologists to coordinate care for patients when surgical intervention is necessary. Dr. Hitchman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association and the Ohio Optometric Association. As a member of the Ohio Optometric Association Dr. Hitchman presents the RealEyes program to local pre-school and elementary school students educating them about the importance of a lifetime of eye health.
Patient Satisfaction Reviews
4.7 out of 5
Patient Comments (23)
Reviewed On 6/1/2020
Dr Hitchman was excellent, I was so appreciative that she took me in between scheduled appointments the day I called ! she was very professional and took the time to explain my situation and its complications.
Reviewed On 6/1/2020
I will definitely see her again for my eye care.
Reviewed On 6/1/2020
the office in general is and was awesome always
Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Have highly recommended Dr Hitchman
Reviewed On 3/17/2020
Dr. Hitchman is an excellent provider ***
Reviewed On 2/25/2020
I went for an eye exam and a prescription for eyeglasses was provided. I ordered eyeglasses and the prescription was not right. I returned for a "re-check. a partial exam was performed. I received a different prescription. Again I ordered eyeglasses using the "updated" prescription and again the prescription was not right. I could not see using the 2 prescriptions she provided. I have since gone to another Optometrist and now have a correct eyeglass prescription. The experience with this provider was very frustrating and disappointing.
Reviewed On 2/15/2020
she was treated my son with care and respect even though he is 6 yrs old, much appreciated!
Reviewed On 2/15/2020
Excellent and quality care given.
Reviewed On 2/1/2020
Dr.Hitchman was professional and kind.i was seen right away in the first room but had to wait a long time to see the Dr. She did apologize and say there were a few emergency calls. It was my first time seeing this doctor and I will come back.
Reviewed On 1/24/2020
[...] I liked Dr. Hitchman for her warmth and connection with me. [...]
Reviewed On 1/17/2020
Very good first experience with this provider Very satisfied with doctors knowledge and competency
Reviewed On 12/25/2019
overall the experience was goodI [...]
Reviewed On 12/20/2019
answered all my questions but most importantly gave me a contact lens script that really improved my vision
Reviewed On 12/5/2019
I looked forward to the visit, not disappointed, seems to be standard with your operations.
Reviewed On 12/2/2019
The experience was very good.
Reviewed On 11/17/2019
the experience was good
Reviewed On 11/3/2019
I was very pleased concerning da overall care nd courtesy of the Doctor nd staff. thanku.
Reviewed On 10/24/2019
This was my first appointment at UH. It was a pleasant experience.
Reviewed On 9/30/2019
I have already recommend Dr Hitchman to friends
Reviewed On 8/29/2019
I am very pleased that UH now has an eye doctor available here for my routine eye care. [...] I cannot talk enough about how great it is to have this option now!!!
Reviewed On 8/19/2019
It was my first visit and I really liked the provider and the staff at the office. Very nice and helpful.
Reviewed On 8/13/2019
I have had great experiences with my healthcare team members.
Reviewed On 8/9/2019
everyone is courteous and I had a pleasant experience
Residency | Optometry
Optometry - Cincinnati Eye Institute (2017 - 2018)
The Ohio State University College Of Optometry (2017)
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (2013)
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