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Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1977 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. She immediately started her own practice which she remains an active part of to date and is pleased to now seeing third generation patients. She has participated in many optometric endeavours over her career including being the first woman president of the College of Optometrists of Ontario. Dr. Cooper is the current President of World Council of Optometry (WCO) and splits her time between her practice and representing the WCO around the world. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Woman of Achievement Award from the Brampton-Caledon Zonta Club. Dr. Cooper, a long time resident of Brampton, enjoys time with family including her husband, their four boys and their two grandsons.
Optometrist & Owner
Dr. Marian Cotnam joined the practice in 1989 after completing her Doctor of Optometry degree, with honours, from the University of Waterloo. She was hired to cover another associate's maternity leave and never left! In addition to full-time regular practice, Dr. Cotnam serves as an assessor for the Quality Assurance Peer Review Program with the College of Optometrists of Ontario. Outside the office, Dr. Cotnam enjoys photography, scrapbooking, hiking and spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs. She is also a Clinical Supervisor for optometry interns from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Mammo joined the Bramalea Optometric team in 2012 after graduating with honours from the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo, with honours. Dr. Mammo worked alongside Optometrists and Ophthalmologists during her ocular disease internship at John Dingell Veteran Hospital in downtown Detroit, MI. She has a special interest in contact lenses and binocular vision. Dr. Mammo enjoys traveling, soccer and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Stephanie Lombardo-Neves received her Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo, graduating on the Deans Honour List. Dr. Lombardo has a long history with Bramalea Optometric Clinic. Prior to becoming an Optometrist, she started working as a summer student at the age of 17, and went on to complete an internship at the clinic. Dr. Lombardo worked alongside Ophthalmologists and Optometrists during her ocular disease internship at the OMNI Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. As a student, Dr. Lombardo attended a mission trip to Paraguay, helping provide free eye exams to over 3000 people who would have otherwise had no access to eye care. In her free time, Dr. Lombardo loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
During your visit, your doctor will perform a variety of tests and procedures to assess the health and function of your eyes.
A full exam begins with a series of automated tests. The results from these tests provide the doctor with important information about your eyes, such as their shape, pressure and responsiveness. An optional part of the pretest is digital retinal imaging, which takes photos of the back of your eyes. In addition to allowing the doctor to inspect the retina in high definition, these photos also allows us to easily track changes to your eye over time as they are permanently stored with your patient file. We highly recommend this service to all our patients.
After the pretests, the doctor will preform a complete eye exam. This will include measuring your visual capabilities at different distances, eye muscle coordinatio, binocularity and checking your general eye health. During your comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist can also detect many conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Continuity of care and prevention of eye disease are very important to us in this practice. Your doctor will finish the exam by discussing the results of the examination, including if you need glasses or contact lenses, and explaining any follow up or further care that is required.
Please note that many patients require eye drops for complete examination. Those who regularly require such eye drops include persons with diabetes, high nearsightedness or who are over the age of 40. The staff will inform you if you requires eye drops at your appointment.
As vision is a key part of learning, we strongly recommend that children have their eyes examined by age three, and yearly thereafter, to help detect and treat amblyopia (lazy eye), nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Annual eye exams for children under the age of 20 are covered by OHIP.
Our office has some of the most advanced diagnostic instrumentation to assist in testing for glaucoma, cataracts and other irregularities.
Much of this equipment is utilized as part of every exam. However, in some cases patients may require further diagnostic procedures, such as visual field testing or in-depth glaucoma evaluation, and these are generally booked for a follow-up visit.
The Doctors of Optometry of Canada website provides a comprehensive Vision Library where you can learn about eye care.
You can find the Vision Library at www.on.doctorsofoptometry.ca.
Remember, your doctor is always the best source of information related to your individual eye care and new developments, so be sure to raise any questions or concerns with your doctor during your appointment.
All content provided by the Vision Library is solely for informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for the advice of an Optometrist. Bramalea Optometric Clinic and the Doctors of Optometry of Canada assume no responsibility or liability arising from any errors or omission or from the use of any information contained on their website.
To arrange an appointment, please call our office at 905-791-5520. We are pleased to welcome new patients to our practice.
Canceling an Appointment
Your appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. If you are unable to honour your scheduled time, please call us at least 24 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee and to allow us to offer your appointment to patients on our waiting list.
If you suffer sudden vision loss, severe eye pain or otherwise believe your health is in jeopardy, please go immediately to the nearest emergency room. If you are suffering other problems such as pain, redness, infections, flashes or floaters, please call us to arrange an emergency appointment. These issues are given special consideration in our office and we will generally arrange an examination on the day of your call.
A. Everyone has different needs for their eyes so it is advised that you follow the recommendation of your doctor. Typically, healthy adults between the ages of 20 and 65 are recommended to have a routine eye exam every 2 years. Annual eye exams are recommended for children under 19, adults over 65, contact lens wearers, and patients with diabetes or other ocular diseases.
A. Your optometrist may recommend that drops be used to dilate your pupils during your examination. These drops enable your doctor to get a better view of the inside of your eyes to completely screen for potential eye and health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Temporary effects of the drops include blurred vision (depending on your prescription) and light sensitivity which can last 3 to 4 hours on average. Your eyes return to normal once the drops have worn off. Your doctor will decide how often this type of examination is necessary depending on age, general health and family history. Generally the use of drops is necessary in examining patients with diabetes, high amounts of myopia/ nearsightedness, and other specific eye conditions.
A. OHIP will cover one full eye examination per year for anyone under the age of 20 and over the age of 65.
OHIP will also cover one full examination per year if you have a particular eye disease, such as glaucoma, or have documented diabetes, and are between the ages of 20-64.
Many health insurance providers cover the cost of the exam if you are not covered by OHIP. We recommend that you check with your health insurance provider to see if they will reimburse part or all of the cost.
A. A full eye examination includes a check of your eye health (ocular health) as well as your prescription. Many eye diseases can occur without symptoms, so it is important to have a routine eye exam to screen for potential problems. Some eye diseases include:
• Macular Degeneration
• Vascular changes
• Retinal Breaks/Tears/Holes/Detachments
• Infection / Inflammation
Please browse our “Vision Library” for more information on any of the above conditions.
A. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a child have a full eye exam by at least 3 years of age. If you notice that your child’s eye is turning in or out abnormally, if the eye becomes red or infected, or if your child appears to have a white pupil in pictures, it is recommended that you bring your child in at an earlier age.
A. This procedure helps the doctor to further assess and finalize a child’s prescription by relaxing the focusing power of the eyes. Drops are instilled into the child’s eyes to dilate the pupil. The drops need 30-40 minutes to take effect and temporary effects include blurred vision, light sensitivity and occasionally fatigue which can last 8 hours on average.
A. The ‘air puff’ is an important test which provides a measurement of your eye pressure. It is necessary to have it done at every visit to assist your doctor in determining if you have or are at risk for developing glaucoma or other eye diseases. It does not harm the eye and is a relatively quick and painless test.
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