Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. John Wyse graduated from the University of Bradford (UK) and the University of Waterloo. He was the recipient of the Best Overall Student in each year of optometry training. He also received the Boots Opticians Prize, the Larard Prize,the North East Contact Lens Society Prize, Yorkshire Optical Society Prize, Butterworth Heinemann Prize, Zahid Farooq Prize.
Dr. Wyse grew up in Yellowknife, NWT and finds the size and friendly nature of Powell River familiar, without the same number of bugs! He started his career as an ophthalmic technologist and gained insight and experience for 12 years prior to pursuing a degree in optometry at the University of Bradford in England.
He specializes in Ocular diseases, dry eyecare, seniors eyecare and contact lens fittings and evaluations.
Dr. Wyse lives with his wife Carrie, two sons, Kale and Latham and their dog June Bug. He enjoys running, golf, hockey and walking the dog. His long term plan is to settle into Powell River and become an integral part of the community and that of Optometry care worldwide.
He reflects on his future plans;
“My intention in purchasing Powell River Optometry is to continue the history of providing eye care to residents of the city in the same high standard that has been the hallmark of the practice since its inception. I also would like to bring the practice into the 21st century by including new technology in diagnostic equipment and by also being able to offer vision correction options that incorporate the newest technology as well.”
Dr. Ekaterina Medina was born in Omsk, Russia, and moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, when she was eleven. She studied Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Alberta; then attained the Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in 2013.
Upon completion of her clinical internships in Primary Care and Ocular Disease in Waterloo, Tallahassee, Victoria, and Kitchener, Dr. Medina practiced for two years in Marystown, Newfoundland. As the only local full-time optometrist, she provided full scope optometric care to a wide variety of patients from the remote communities of the Burin Peninsula and beyond.
Dr. Medina is passionate about exploring the world and helping others. She has traveled to deliver eye care to less fortunate communities in Mexico, Romania, Rwanda, Cameroon and Nepal; and is hoping to take on similar projects in the future. She also enjoys being out in nature and is thrilled to try out the hiking trails around Sunshine coast.
Dr. Medina would like to welcome everyone in the community and surrounding areas to address any eye care questions or concerns at Powell River Optometry. She is looking forward to helping each patient be well, especially through ocular health and visual comfort.