Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Raymond Ruckman graduated from Southern Utah University with highest honors in Biology/Zoology in 1998. He obtained his Doctorate of Optometry with great honor from Southern California College of Optometry in 2005. As a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 2005 to 2009 he earned the Navy Achievement Medal for superior professional performance while serving as an optometrist at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms California.
After Dr Ruckman came back to Nevada he worked with Dr. Robert Wolf at Sierra Nevada Eye Center as the staff optometrist for a year before purchasing Dr. John Staub Optometry Practice in 2011.
Dr. Ruckman has interests in general medical eyecare, dry eye and glaucoma treatment, along with cataract and refractive surgery co-management. He spent internships at Eye Foundation of Utah, Naval Medical Center San Diego (The Pride of Navy Medicine), and on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. Dr. Ruckman is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, rappelling, canyoneering, climbing, and has served his community as a member of the Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue and a leader in Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Jeanette Lam completed a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She then completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at Pennsylvania College of optometry.
She has a broad spectrum of experience working in medical and primary eye care since 2002. She is an efficient, diversely skilled eye care provider with great patient rapport and chair side manner.
Dr. Lam enjoys volunteering. She has worked with VOSH (VolunteerOptometric Services to Humanity) on a service mission to Haiti, Honduras, and Guatemala. Originally from Maryland, Dr. Lam is excited to live near her husband's family and work in Carson City. She loves spending time in nature and is looking forward to spending time hiking in the Tahoe National Forest.
Dr. Jeanette Cross was raised in Reno, Nevada. As she pursued higher education, she worked with local optometrists and gained further knowledge in the profession of eye care. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno. She continued her education in southern California at Western University of Health Sciences, where she received a master’s degree in Medical Sciences. Dr. Cross advanced to Western University College of Optometry where she then earned her Doctor of Optometry degree. She graduated in May 2022 with recognition from Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society for outstanding leadership and service. She is fluent in Spanish and is the first in her family to attend college and earn a doctorate degree. She is excited to return to Northern Nevada and provide excellent eye care.
During her internship, she enhanced her skills in glaucoma evaluation and management at Dorn Veteran Affairs Medical Center in South Carolina. She gained experience in ocular disease and performed post-operative cataract exams in the fast-paced environment of Omni Eye Services in New Jersey. While catering to underserved communities in Santa Maria, California, Dr. Cross cared for numerous patients with diabetic eye conditions. During her last rotation, she provided comprehensive and medical eye care at a private practice on Oahu, Hawai’i.
Dr. Cross honors the importance of family and enjoys traveling with her husband. She aims to stay engaged in an active lifestyle by hiking local trails, dancing, roller skating and enjoying the beauty and activities Lake Tahoe has to offer.