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. 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. 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. Cain Cottreau was born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, received his Bachelor of Science from Acadia University and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2016. Along with being a member of the University of Waterloo’s Dean’s Honour List, in his graduating year Dr. Cottreau also received the A. W. Cole Award for Clinical Excellence. This is awarded to the graduating student with the highest level of clinical proficiency. During his time in school, Dr. Cottreau completed internships in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Atlanta, Georgia which gave him a thorough understanding of clinical optometric skills and the treatment and management of various eye disorders including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Since graduating, Dr. Cottreau has developed an interest in vision therapy for the treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, as well as different methods of myopia control. He has spent time providing comprehensive eye exams in rural areas of Nova Scotia as well as several clinics in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Cottreau is a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys playing golf, running, and hiking in the area. Since he is originally from Nova Scotia, he spends his free time exploring Ontario. Dr. Cottreau is excited to be a part of the team and is accepting both new and returning patients starting in September 2017.
Dr. Carolyn Barth is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo and graduated from the University of Waterloo with her Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 2008. She has the distinction of being a member of the “Dean’s Honours List” and having received the Irving Baker Excellence in Clinical Optometry Award for her exemplary clinical skills. She has enhanced these clinical skills through externships in New Zealand and the United States which provided her with advanced training to diagnose and co-manage, with medical teams, conditions such as Glaucoma, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, and Cataracts.
Since graduation, Dr. Barth has provided comprehensive eye exams for residents in nursing homes in Brantford, Paris and London area and is currently the attending optometrist at Forest Heights Long term care residence in Kitchener. She is also a Clinical Supervisor for third and fourth year optometry students at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.
In her spare time, Dr. Barth volunteers with the Chicopee Track 3 program to teach children with visual, mental and physical impairments the joy of skiing. She also enjoys travelling with her husband Adam, swimming, cycling and performing as a concert cellist.