Dr. Cassandra Koroll is an optometrist in our Market Mall clinic in Saskatoon and she knew she wanted to dedicate her career to eye care after her grandmother went blind as a result of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Continue reading to learn more about what she loves about her job and her vision for the future of eye care.
What’s your current role at FYidoctors?
Optometrist at FYidoctors – Saskatoon – Market Mall, although our location will be moving in March so keep a lookout on FYi’s website for our new address!
Briefly describe your educational background and training locations.
I completed my Bachelor of Science at the U of S prior to attending the Illinois College of Optometry. I then went on to complete my Doctor of Optometry in 2010, where I graduated with high clinical and academic honors. My clinical education included providing eye care at an Indian Health Services hospital in North Dakota, a private practice in North Carolina, a Veterans Hospital in Florida, and the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago.
What makes your clinic a unique place to work?
Seniors account for a large segment of our clinic’s demographic so as a result, a high percentage of patients in our clinic require the management and treatment of various ocular diseases. FYidoctors provides the most advanced technology for optometrists to detect, treat, manage, or co-manage ocular disease.
What made you want to work in eye care?
Sight is one of our primary senses, and roughly 80% of what we experience and learn is visual. When my grandmother was blinded by diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, my career choice was confirmed. From that point forward, I wanted to dedicate my career toward helping others maintain their lifestyle and independence to the best of my ability – through eye care.
What do you love most about your job?
There are two things that stand out. The first is seeing a child’s reaction when I put a much-needed spectacle prescription in front of them; their eyes light up and their smile says it all. The second is catching an eye condition early enough to save a patient’s sight and in some cases, even their life.
What’s one of the most challenging parts of your job?
Seeing a patient’s vision steadily decline is always challenging, especially when I have to tell them that current treatments will not improve or maintain their sight. Some eye diseases still have no cure, which is why ongoing research is crucial.
What’s one of your favourite moments from working at the clinic?
A few years ago, a young lady sent me a card in the mail crediting me for saving her sight. She came in for a routine eye exam without any concerns at all and was immediately sent to the ER due to swelling of her optic nerves. The fluid within her brain was building up and putting pressure on her eyes. Thankfully specialists were able to drain the fluid to prevent any damage to her brain or eyes, and medication can prevent another occurrence.
Where do you see the future of eye care going?
I hope to see the public grow to understand the importance of regular eye exams, regardless of whether they wear glasses or not. Technological advancements are making it easier to diagnose and treat eye disease early on and preventative eye care and healthcare is critical. Many serious eye conditions do not exhibit symptoms until vision is already permanently lost.
What is the most important advice you want to give your patients?
If you have concerns about your vision or eyes, do not wait! People often don’t realize that if there is a serious problem, waiting too long to get it checked out could ultimately result in vision loss.
What's your personal eyewear style?
Chic and classy.
Where would we find you when you’re not at FYidoctors?
At the rink, on the soccer field, or at the lake with my husband and three children.