An article from students participating in the University of Waterloo Mentorship Program.
Authors: Courtney Fan, Madilyne Kevany, Amanda Stout & Angela Zhang
Our mentor for this year’s CAOS mentorship program was Dr. Ronald Gall who practices in Oakville, Ontario at a clinic called the “Oakville Centre for Vision”. Dr. Gall offers three levels of full comprehensive eye exams starting with the basic eye exam, followed by the basic eye exam with Optomap imaging, and finally the Complete Digital Eye Exam, which comprises of the basic eye exam, OCT, Optomap, FDT-Visual field, glaucoma screening, antioxidant scoring, and blood pressure. None of us had ever seen the antioxidant scoring equipment before and were all very much intrigued by its ability to detect the level of antioxidants absorbed in the skin, which is supposed to approximate the level of carotenoids in the macula and so is relevant to diseases like AMD. We were blown away by his beautiful frame studio and impressed by the large vision therapy area. We also enjoyed chatting about practice management tips and the future direction of optometry in Canada. He offered some advice for success: 1) Practice independent optometry 2) Join a (buying) group, since there is greater weight to the combined voices of independent optometrists working together 3) Follow your passions; in specialization and in general for life 4) Never stop learning. Many thanks to Dr. Gall for a lovely afternoon!