Dr. Amy Bakelaar, Optometrist
I believe that serving my patients well requires attention to their lifestyle needs. My favourite part of working with patients is problem-solving for their visual needs and taking into account the specific risks and benefits for each individual patient. I truly get to know my patients and what type of daily activities are important to them which can make all the difference when recommending an appropriate surgical solution.
The many advancements in refractive surgery present exciting opportunities to learn more about benefits, outcomes and risks of the various procedures. Since I’ve started working in the field more than 10 years ago, the technology has progressed to impressive levels and promises to continue to advance.
One of my greatest privileges has been volunteering in numerous eye care missions. I have travelled all over the world working to provide vision care to people who otherwise would never have the opportunity to see clearly. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and one of my favourite ways to share my career.
In a lot of ways, the post-operative reaction of our refractive surgery patients is similar to the reactions of people who finally get their first pair of glasses. I absolutely love being able to witness the wonder and excitement of brand-new vision and knowing I was able to be a part of their journey.