New associate, more space at Stittsville Optometry

Stittsville Optometry has expanded.

The Stittsville Main Street optometry practice has not only welcomed a new associate but has added three more exam rooms plus space for a new Vision Therapy and Post Concussion Clinic.

Joining Stittsville Optometry is Dr. Michelle Steenbakkers which means Stittsville Optometry now has six optometrists to serve patients, in addition to the nine support staff. Dr. Steenbakkers earned her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2004, after which she completed two postgraduate optometric residencies with the University of Houston in 2005 and 2006. She has served as a faculty member at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo where she received the Young Alumni Award in 2015.

Stittsville Optometry recently took over the second floor of its building at 1464 Stittsville Main Street for use as additional ofce space. There are now three additional exam rooms available, making for a total of seven exam rooms at Stittsville Optometry.

In addition, the second oor expansion also includes space for the new Vision Therapy and Post Concussion Clinic of Dr. Graeme Ferguson. This Vision Therapy Clinic treats patients of all ages, from youth to adults. Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical customized treatment program that is designed to improve, enhance and develop visual performance. It helps treat eye problems that cannot be xed with glasses or surgery alone such as difculty changing focus or difculty with both eyes working together.

The objective of vision therapy is to enhance the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain under the supervision of a qualied optometrist. This can lead to improvements in vision, school performance, post concussion symptoms and overall quality of life.

Vision therapy may be benecial for children with eye development problems like strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye). It also allows athletes to improve hand-eye coordination and treats post-concussion patients who may have binocular vision issues and problems with depth perception.

Vision therapy has been shown to help many to see more clearly, efciently and comfortably.

Dr. Ferguson, who runs this Vision Therapy and Post Concussion Clinic, has worked with vision therapy for binocular vision disorders and posttrauma/concussion vision syndromes. He has attended numerous workshops and conferences on these subjects and is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Right now, Dr. Ferguson is accepting new patients who wish to have a binocular vision assessment.

Optometrists at Stittsville Optometry now include Dr. Alan Franzmann, Dr. Corrine Motluk, Dr. Melanie Bolton, Dr. Graeme Ferguson, Dr. Erin Kelly and Dr. Michelle Steenbakkers. Stittsville Optometrty at 1464 Stittsville Main Street can be contacted on 613-836-2030.

To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions, please contact us today. We will be happy to help.