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Each one of us has a unique story to share about our eyes. No matter how you see you’ve got tales to tell. Our eyes help us to create, connect and discover moments. Tender moments. Difficult moments. Moments of wonder and frustration. Moments that changed us and many moments to remember. Explore the beauty of sight and the way it has impacted the lives of Canadians. #2020moments

Moments that made a difference

Dr. Michelle McKenzie's 2020 Moment

Bolton Optometry

Dr. Michelle McKenzie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry degree. She completed an internship in Ocular Health with OMNI Vision Centre in Atlanta, Georgia and is TPA certified. Learn how Dr. McKenzie discovered her passion for vision therapy by treating a four-year-old girl with her first examination. 

Optometry is a profession full of diverse options and challenges.
I remember sitting in my office facing a 4-year-old girl for her very first eye examination. She had beautiful big brown eyes. The left eye was buried in towards her nose (esotropia or strabismus). I had been practicing long enough to know what was about to happen. At that time, I was recommending patching. The kids absolutely hated it and the results, if we got them, were okay but wouldn’t last. Eventually, I would refer the patient to a strabismus surgeon, who could evaluate and provide a recommendation to improve the eye muscles and satisfy the parents’ wish for a cosmetic fix. There was a good chance this would be one of several surgeries and the patient sitting in front of me might never see well out of that turned eye. Every patient and every outcome is always different.

Eye care has come a long way, but there’s room for growth.
Optometry has come so far with therapeutics and with imaging, such as advanced contact lens options, imaging techniques or advanced dry eye therapies. Sometimes there lacked the attention and funding needed for developments in other areas of optometry. I realized I was doing the same thing for 15 years without a change. I was reflecting on how little I had to tell that young girl in my chair about how I could help her long term. I was thinking of her growing up and not being able to enjoy 3D movies with her friends and learning to drive without depth perception. That’s when I happened to connect with another eye doctor who introduced me to vision therapy. This doctor had a full scope practice that included vision therapy and they directed me to the courses I could take and new skills I could learn to help my patients with options, choices, and success. Mentors are magical people that will challenge your ideas and give you things to consider, helping you grow.

Be passionate about solving unique eye care needs.
I educated myself and learned about a new model of vision and studied the development of the visual system. Based on my new knowledge I made changes to my practice. My other patients with strabismus (cross-eyes) now have options to consider including vision therapy. Most of them end up with 20/20 vision in both eyes and some ability to perceive depth, which is referred to as stereoacuity. They can become great readers, move with grace and enjoy 3D movies.

It’s important to see the big picture.
That young girl now has many treatment options that fit her needs. She is growing up and now that she is older, she is thinking about vision therapy. I hope to share with her how her story pushed me to expand my practice.

~ Dr. Michelle McKenzie
Bolton Optometry Clinic
Bolton, Ontario

Dr. Michelle McKenzie's 2020 Moment

Bolton Optometry

Dr. Michelle McKenzie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry degree. She completed an internship in Ocular Health with OMNI Vision Centre in Atlanta, Georgia and is TPA certified. Learn how Dr. McKenzie discovered her passion for vision therapy by treating a four-year-old girl with her first examination. 

Optometry is a profession full of diverse options and challenges.
I remember sitting in my office facing a 4-year-old girl for her very first eye examination. She had beautiful big brown eyes. The left eye was buried in towards her nose (esotropia or strabismus). I had been practicing long enough to know what was about to happen. At that time, I was recommending patching. The kids absolutely hated it and the results, if we got them, were okay but wouldn’t last. Eventually, I would refer the patient to a strabismus surgeon, who could evaluate and provide a recommendation to improve the eye muscles and satisfy the parents’ wish for a cosmetic fix. There was a good chance this would be one of several surgeries and the patient sitting in front of me might never see well out of that turned eye. Every patient and every outcome is always different.

Eye care has come a long way, but there’s room for growth.
Optometry has come so far with therapeutics and with imaging, such as advanced contact lens options, imaging techniques or advanced dry eye therapies. Sometimes there lacked the attention and funding needed for developments in other areas of optometry. I realized I was doing the same thing for 15 years without a change. I was reflecting on how little I had to tell that young girl in my chair about how I could help her long term. I was thinking of her growing up and not being able to enjoy 3D movies with her friends and learning to drive without depth perception. That’s when I happened to connect with another eye doctor who introduced me to vision therapy. This doctor had a full scope practice that included vision therapy and they directed me to the courses I could take and new skills I could learn to help my patients with options, choices, and success. Mentors are magical people that will challenge your ideas and give you things to consider, helping you grow.

Be passionate about solving unique eye care needs.
I educated myself and learned about a new model of vision and studied the development of the visual system. Based on my new knowledge I made changes to my practice. My other patients with strabismus (cross-eyes) now have options to consider including vision therapy. Most of them end up with 20/20 vision in both eyes and some ability to perceive depth, which is referred to as stereoacuity. They can become great readers, move with grace and enjoy 3D movies.

It’s important to see the big picture.
That young girl now has many treatment options that fit her needs. She is growing up and now that she is older, she is thinking about vision therapy. I hope to share with her how her story pushed me to expand my practice.

~ Dr. Michelle McKenzie
Bolton Optometry Clinic
Bolton, Ontario

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Dr. Anthony Iuliano's 2020 Moment

Claresholm Eye Care

Dr. Anthony Iuliano graduated with an honours degree in Biological Science from the University of Calgary with a goal of working in the health care profession. In 2008, he attended the University of Waterloo Optometry program and graduated with honors in 2012. He spent four months in Dallas, Texas working at Parkland Health and Hospital for an internship specializing in ocular disease, therapeutics, and low vision. Dr. Iuliano returned to his hometown of Calgary, Alberta and purchased Claresholm Eye Care in July 2012. In 2019, with longtime associate Dr. Manji, he opened River Heights Eye Care. He looks forward to providing the people of Cochrane quality eye care and eyewear for many years. Dr. Iuliano grew up playing competitive hockey up to the Junior A level and has done volunteer work for Hockey Canada. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, participating in various water sports, and running with his dog Loki. 

There’s nothing routine about a routine eye exam. 
A few years ago I saw an older gentleman for a routine check-up. The word ‘routine’ is misleading because, although you may think of a checkup as standard, every patient has a unique set of eyes. The community where I live and practice has a large aging population and comprehensive eye exams can be key to helping my patients live longer and healthier lives Many patients think they just need to see their eye doctor for a new prescription, but a comprehensive eye exam goes well beyond clear vision.

Eye doctors can catch potential health problems.
The retinal photo for this particular patient showed hollenhorst plaque, a cholesterol plaque, which optometrists can see in retinal arteries using special optometry tools. Usually, these plaques in the retinal arteries can be a sign of blockage in the carotid artery putting you at risk for a stroke. I urged my patient to go see his family doctor and sent a letter to his doctor asking for an imaging test that uses ultrasound to examine arteries. I later discovered that my patient had near-complete blockage in his carotid artery and my discovery may have saved him from having a stroke.

Your optometrist might save your life today.
While plaque isn’t generally a concern for your sight, it is a concern for your overall health. When you visit your local optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam you’re able to take advantage of their entire skillset. We have spent years learning how to identify all sorts of potential health concerns that can be seen by looking deep into the patient’s eyes.

Eyes are the windows to your soul and your health.
The ability to look behind the human eye and see what’s inside can provide a unique perspective on your overall health. Your body deserves a team of health experts. When your family doctor and your eye doctor work together, they can grasp a better understanding of your overall health, assess your symptoms and learn what else might need further discovery. It’s important to take your eye health seriously and treat caring for your eyes as a crucial part of caring for your entire body.

Caring for your local community.
Living and working in a small community allows me to connect with my patients on a deeper and more meaningful level. As an optometrist part of my job is to help build awareness for eye health and how important it is for the entire family, no matter what your age. Your local optometrist might help you avoid a stroke or another potential life-altering health crisis.

~ Dr. Anthony Iuliano
Claresholm Eye Care
Claresholm, Alberta
&
River Heights Eye Care
Cochrane, Alberta

Dr. Anthony Iuliano's 2020 Moment

Claresholm Eye Care

Dr. Anthony Iuliano graduated with an honours degree in Biological Science from the University of Calgary with a goal of working in the health care profession. In 2008, he attended the University of Waterloo Optometry program and graduated with honors in 2012. He spent four months in Dallas, Texas working at Parkland Health and Hospital for an internship specializing in ocular disease, therapeutics, and low vision. Dr. Iuliano returned to his hometown of Calgary, Alberta and purchased Claresholm Eye Care in July 2012. In 2019, with longtime associate Dr. Manji, he opened River Heights Eye Care. He looks forward to providing the people of Cochrane quality eye care and eyewear for many years. Dr. Iuliano grew up playing competitive hockey up to the Junior A level and has done volunteer work for Hockey Canada. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, participating in various water sports, and running with his dog Loki. 

There’s nothing routine about a routine eye exam. 
A few years ago I saw an older gentleman for a routine check-up. The word ‘routine’ is misleading because, although you may think of a checkup as standard, every patient has a unique set of eyes. The community where I live and practice has a large aging population and comprehensive eye exams can be key to helping my patients live longer and healthier lives Many patients think they just need to see their eye doctor for a new prescription, but a comprehensive eye exam goes well beyond clear vision.

Eye doctors can catch potential health problems.
The retinal photo for this particular patient showed hollenhorst plaque, a cholesterol plaque, which optometrists can see in retinal arteries using special optometry tools. Usually, these plaques in the retinal arteries can be a sign of blockage in the carotid artery putting you at risk for a stroke. I urged my patient to go see his family doctor and sent a letter to his doctor asking for an imaging test that uses ultrasound to examine arteries. I later discovered that my patient had near-complete blockage in his carotid artery and my discovery may have saved him from having a stroke.

Your optometrist might save your life today.
While plaque isn’t generally a concern for your sight, it is a concern for your overall health. When you visit your local optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam you’re able to take advantage of their entire skillset. We have spent years learning how to identify all sorts of potential health concerns that can be seen by looking deep into the patient’s eyes.

Eyes are the windows to your soul and your health.
The ability to look behind the human eye and see what’s inside can provide a unique perspective on your overall health. Your body deserves a team of health experts. When your family doctor and your eye doctor work together, they can grasp a better understanding of your overall health, assess your symptoms and learn what else might need further discovery. It’s important to take your eye health seriously and treat caring for your eyes as a crucial part of caring for your entire body.

Caring for your local community.
Living and working in a small community allows me to connect with my patients on a deeper and more meaningful level. As an optometrist part of my job is to help build awareness for eye health and how important it is for the entire family, no matter what your age. Your local optometrist might help you avoid a stroke or another potential life-altering health crisis.

~ Dr. Anthony Iuliano
Claresholm Eye Care
Claresholm, Alberta
&
River Heights Eye Care
Cochrane, Alberta

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Dr. Wes McCann's 2020 Moment

Central Optometry

Dr. Wes McCann from Central Optometry in London, Ontario shares his 2020 Vision Moment with us. Dr. McCann earned his two Bachelors of Science degrees (both with honours) at Western University in London, Ontario, before going on to earn his Bachelor of Vision Science, accelerated MBA, and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

For his 2020 Vision Moment, Dr. Wes McCann discusses the love he has for optometry, the business, the medical and mostly the people side of eyecare. He loves connecting with people every day and finds it rewarding when patients can see better. When a child patient says, “I didn’t know I could see details on the leaves of trees,” it brings a smile to him. Seeing 20|20 is more than just about giving patients clear vision, it’s about the entire patient experience. Watch Dr. McCann’s 2020 Moment video and discover his love for optometry and patient care.

Dr. Wes McCann's 2020 Moment

Central Optometry

Dr. Wes McCann from Central Optometry in London, Ontario shares his 2020 Vision Moment with us. Dr. McCann earned his two Bachelors of Science degrees (both with honours) at Western University in London, Ontario, before going on to earn his Bachelor of Vision Science, accelerated MBA, and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

For his 2020 Vision Moment, Dr. Wes McCann discusses the love he has for optometry, the business, the medical and mostly the people side of eyecare. He loves connecting with people every day and finds it rewarding when patients can see better. When a child patient says, “I didn’t know I could see details on the leaves of trees,” it brings a smile to him. Seeing 20|20 is more than just about giving patients clear vision, it’s about the entire patient experience. Watch Dr. McCann’s 2020 Moment video and discover his love for optometry and patient care.

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