Dr. Kevin Tyber is the lead optometrist at our Ajax clinic in Ontario. While many of us find out what we’re passionate about in adulthood, Dr. Tyber discovered his passion for eye care after doing a school project when he was just six years old. He is dedicated to changing lives, and his work in optometry has enabled him to do just that. Continue reading to learn more about his background, advice and favourite moments working at FYidoctors.
Lead Optometrist at FYidoctors - Ajax.
I received a Bachelor of Science from U of Waterloo in 1982, followed by my Doctor of Optometry in 1986. I expanded my education at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma with a degree in Ocular Therapeutics in 1994 and I embarked on my first year of practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I did my first project on the eye in grade 1 and that’s what initially sparked my interest. I chose optometry because it allows me the choice to work in a clinical area, scientific research, product development or business.
What I love most about my job is making a diagnosis of an issue that has been really bothering a patient and then providing treatment that relieves that burden, sometimes even changing that person’s life.
One of the most challenging parts of my job is keeping up to date with the fast pace of technological change in the eye care industry.
My daughter was away at university when she discovered that one of her classmates was a patient of mine. They didn’t really know each other but the patient asked my daughter if she was related to her eye doctor, Dr. Kevin Tyber. When my daughter responded that I was her father, the patient then went on to tell her, “Your dad changed my life. He encouraged me to try contact lenses, and once I started with contacts, I gained all kinds of confidence and became much more outgoing.”
I think the scope of practice for optometrists will continue to expand. As technology and our insight into pathological processes improve, we will be able to diagnose and treat things that are currently beyond our understanding.
It has been said so many times that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but it’s so true. Even when a patient feels that they have no oculo-visual problems, routine eye care is an important part of good preventive medicine.
One word: bold.
You can find me playing hockey, spending time with my family and dogs at the cottage, and doing charity work with Ve’ahavta, which is a humanitarian organization that helps people who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship.