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Here is our interview with Dr.Joanne Henderson:
Why did you choose to work in Optometry?
I chose to be an optometrist because I enjoy lots of aspects of science (math, physics, and biology) and working with people – and optometry incorporates all of these!
Briefly describe your educational background.
Most students applying to the Schools of Optometry have a degree in Science. Then they do another 4 years before they obtain their professional designation. There are only 2 schools of Optometry in Canada! One in English at the University of Waterloo, the second en Francais at Université de Montreal.
When do we need an eye exam? How often should we get an eye exam?
Adults should get their eyes checked every two years. Children, because they grow and change so much, every year. Every single child should have a full eye exam by the time they are 3.5 years old to be sure that both eyes are starting where they should. 80% of what children learn in school is visual, so it is very very important for parents to be sure that their children are seeing properly, and equally, out of each eye.
What makes your clinic a unique place to work?
My profession is so fun because the eye and vision is almost magical! When people aren’t seeing well but don’t realize it, they are so amazed when I show them how much clearer their world could be.
It’s also wonderful to meet people of all ages. I could see a sweet little 3 year old, then a wise, dignified 83 year old.
What’s your personal eyewear style?
I have as many glasses as I do shoes…. and that’s a lot! Some of my glasses even match my shoes!! I like glasses that have some depth and color ,choosing reds, pinks and black. I love my contact lenses when I’m outdoors .