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Employee Spotlight: Dr. Adam Reid

Dr. Adam Reid recently joined our team as Co-Lead Optometrist at Banker’s Hall in Calgary. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary, his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Reid is passionate about helping people find the best solutions for their vision needs, and he is excited for the next stage of his career at FYidoctors. Read on to learn more about Dr. Reid’s background, his specialties and his vision for the future.


What’s your current role at FYidoctors?

Co-lead Optometrist at FYi Banker’s Hall


Briefly describe your educational background and training locations.

Born and raised in Calgary, I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from UofC. I received my Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry, where I graduated with honours. My training was focused on 4 rotations during my last year of my optometry degree: Houston, Texas, working in a specialty contact lens practice; rural BC, focusing on comprehensive Optometry; White River Junction, Vermont, focusing on ocular disease; and Boston, working at a Public Health facility providing care for under serviced patients.


What makes your clinic a unique place to work?

I’m excited to start and find out!


What made you want to work in eye care?

From the time I started my Biology degree, I had always had a passion for healthcare, so I knew I wanted to be in a career where I could help people live their best possible life. As I learned more about eyes and vision, I was amazed how much you can tell about general health just by looking at the eye. This made Optometry an ideal career choice for me.


What do you love most about your job?

Finding a specialty contact lens for patients that have had trouble finding the right solution for their vision needs. For most patients, there is a lens that can work. Finding that lens and seeing that patient’s reaction is the highlight of my day!


What’s one of the most challenging parts of your job? 

Not being able to give patients the vision they want, due to an ocular disease. There are times that no matter what we do, we can’t get as much vision as we or the patient would want. We manage best we can with low vision devices, but it can be hard.


What’s one of your favourite moments from working at the clinic?

 I’m looking forward to building new relationships and moments with both staff and patients once I start!


Where do you see the future of eye care going?

 I’m excited to see the optometry field becoming more specialized and moving toward a more medical and disease focused practice. I see the opportunity to focus more on specialty work, such as contacts and low vision.


What is the most important advice you want to give your patients?

Wear sunglasses! It’s shocking how many people still don’t wear sunglasses outside. UV light is one of the most damaging things to eyes over the course of our lives. And getting your eyes checked every year!


What's your personal eyewear style?

Brightest, most unique glasses I can find. I like to have fun with my eyewear!


Where would we find you when you’re not at FYidoctors?

Playing hockey, which I have done for over 16 years. Spending time with my wife Erin, and our 5-year old Great Dane, named Avye. In the summer I enjoy waterskiing which I have been doing since I was 3, as well as golfing with my family.


Anything else you would like to add?

Over the last 5 years I have volunteered my services to the Father Lacombe Nursing home, where I performed eye exams for the residents who were not able to come to the clinic. I also travelled to Jamaica in 2014, where I worked with other Optometrists with Canadian Vision Care to perform eye exams, administer care, and hand out free glasses to all those who needed it.

 

You can find Dr. Reid at FYidoctors - Calgary - Banker’s Hall, or find your local FYidoctors here.