We have experienced the “over 40” changes and having to adapt to reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses in order to see well at near. We have helped our older family members through their cataract surgeries, and have been just as excited as them with their dramatic improvement in vision.
During our 30+ years of serving Winnipeg and the surrounding areas, we have witnessed amazing changes in eye and vision care. The development of new instruments to diagnose eye conditions sooner, and new and improved treatments for those eye conditions have resulted in better visual outcomes than 30 years ago. Technological advances in both spectacle and contact lens materials and designs have kept up with the other new technologies that we subject our eyes to every day, such as cell phones and extended computer use. Ongoing Dry Eye research is leading to the development of new eye drops, medications and other treatments that bring relief to many people. We enjoy being part of this progress and look forward to future advances.
Dr. Alison McMechan was born and raised in Winnipeg. She attended the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Animal Science), before attending the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. While at Waterloo, she was the recipient of research scholarships and assistantships through Allergan and NSERC, which gave her the opportunity to take part in research projects during the summers.
After graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1986, she returned to Winnipeg, and has enjoyed practicing in the Transcona/Kildonans area since 1989. Dr. McMechan opened her current practice at Reenders Square Eye Centre in 2012.
Dr. McMechan has served the Manitoba Association of Optometrists as their liaison to the CNIB, as a practical examiner for the MAO Board of Examiners, and is currently a longstanding member of the Appeals Committee.
During her 30+ years of serving Winnipeg and the surrounding areas, Dr. McMechan has witnessed amazing changes in eye and vision care. Over the past few years, she has developed an interest in the role that nutrition plays in the health of our eyes and also the assessment and treatment of Dry Eye, which is currently the subject of widespread research throughout the world. She has enjoyed being part of this progress and looks forward to future advances.