Dr. Jade McLachlin, Optometrist

Dr. Jade McLachlin, Optometrist (Edmonton)

Optometrist (Eye Doctor)

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Dr. McLachlin grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and went to MacEwan University for her undergraduate degree where she made lifelong friends. After finishing her bachelor of Science degree she moved to Davie, Florida to study optometry at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. McLachlin graduated in 2019 and moved with her husband to Colorado Springs, Colorado and made a life there before returning to Edmonton. Dr. McLachlin wanted to be an optometrist since she was in elementary school and cares deeply about educating the community about regular comprehensive eye exams. She was part of the Southern Colorado Optometric Society and received a certificate from the Leadership Optometry Network for her video contributions for the public on eye examinations. In her off time she likes to play softball, run, and hike with her husband and two dogs.

An optometrist is a primary eye care provider who can conduct eye exams, write prescriptions, and treat eye diseases and disorders. Canadian optometrists require seven to eight years of training at a post-secondary institution before obtaining their professional designation as a Doctor of Optometry (also known as an OD). There are currently two schools of optometry in Canada: The University of Waterloo and the Université de Montréal. There are 20 additional optometry schools in the United States whose graduates are accredited to practice in Canada. Many optometrists also choose to do an extra year of residency (a type of internship) to specialize in a particular type of training or eye care field.

In Canada, optometrists are overseen by provincial/territorial boards that ensure all qualifications are up to date. National tests are also administered by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry to ensure that OD training meets the high level of care expected by Canadian patients.

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