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. Terry Runstedler is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1993. In his graduating year he was the recipient of the J.C. Thompson Memorial Prize for Clinical Optometry in recognition by his peers as an individual who was highly regarded as their mentor and friend. He has practiced Optometry in many clinical settings including being the attending optometrist at Forest Heights long term care residence for 14 years and worked as a Clinical Supervisor for third and fourth year optometry students at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry before settling at his present practice in 2000.
In his spare time Dr. Runstedler enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well as playing golf, competitive squash and cycling. He has spent many years as a volunteer coach for basketball, ball hockey, soccer and ice hockey in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Dr. Jim Wilkinson graduated from the University of Kent at Cantebury, England with a degree in Biological Chemistry in 1980. He has been a partner at the current Optometric practice since graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1986. He achieved his F.A.A.O membership (Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry) in 1989 and is not only a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario but has also served on several college committees from 2001 to current. Dr. Wilkinson co-developed the Vision Care wing at Freeport Hospital with a local Ophthalmologist. He also authored two sections of the Guide to Clinical Practice of Ontario, was a clinical supervisor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry Primary Care and Ocular Health clinics, and lectured locally. Dr. Wilkinson has pioneered new clinical techniques in corneal re-shaping and dry eye therapy which have become common practice in Ontario. He and his wife, Dr. Carole Wilkinson (adjunct clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry), have three children and live in Waterloo. They enjoy cross-country skiing, canoeing, tennis, and travelling. Jim and Carole have contributed many years as scout leaders with Scouts Canada, Elmira troup.
Dr. Julianne Jantzi is originally from Wellesley, Ontario and received her undergraduate degree in biomedical science from the University of Waterloo in 2009. She graduated with highest honours at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2013. Dr. Jantzi completed an Ocular Disease Residency at Seidenberg and Protzko Eye Associates in Maryland and received her fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in 2014. During her residency she worked with many different specialists including glaucoma, pediatric, and retinal specialists.
Dr. Jantzi is a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario, Ontario Association of Optometrists, American Academy of optometry, and Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry. She has a special interest in ocular disease and dry eye disease.
Dr. Jantzi is happy to be back in the KW region closer to family and has been previously practicing in Cambridge. It is an amazing feeling that she started her career path with us 13 years ago as an optometric technician and plans to be part of our team for many years to come. She currently resides in Waterloo with her husband and dog Saddie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, and photography.