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Year: 2020

Best wishes Dr. Mark Teeple!

Teeple Optometry wishes to congratulate Dr. Mark Teeple on his retirement from practice. Dr. Mark launched the Arkona practice in 1979 following graduation from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He relocated the clinic to its current location in 1985. Dr. Mark brought the values of clinical excellence and continued learning to the practice. He earned his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and was a clinical supervisor and lecturer at the School of Optometry. He gave back to the profession by serving on various committees and the executive board of the College of Optometrists of Ontario where he went on to serve a term as president. He also served on the board of the Canadian Examiners in Optometry. From the beginning of his career, Dr. Mark placed a high value on the interests of the local community and his patients.

Mark’s brother, Dr. Ralph Teeple, joined Dr. Mark’s growing practice in 1988. Dr. Tina Morowat joined the practice in 2016 and recently became a practice owner in 2019.   Just this year, Dr. Liam Teeple has joined as an associate. Teeple Optometry’s vision is to continue to share Dr. Mark’s values of clinical excellence, education, community involvement and care for our patients.

Dr. Mark will be missed by his fellow doctors, the team and patients of Teeple Optometry. We wish him the very best as he transitions into this next stage of life!

Welcome Dr. Liam Teeple!

We’re so excited to welcome Liam to our practice!

Dr. Liam Teeple completed both his Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree and Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2020. He completed practical internships in Alberta and Kitchener, gaining clinical experience in the management of ocular disease and primary eye care. He will be completing the second part of the Optometry Qualifying Exam, which was delayed because of COVID-19, later this year. Until that time, he will be working under the supervision of the other doctors.

Liam is the son of Dr. Ralph, and you may recognize him from his several summers spent working in the frame gallery or pretesting area at Teeple Optometry.

In his free time, Liam enjoys creating and listening to music, taking photos, exercising, playing hockey, and hiking with his fiancée Nasim.

Ontario’s Eye Care Crisis: Visible for All to See

Optometrists are the front-line workers of the vision care system, and their services are at the heart of screening and diagnostic services in Ontario.

At Teeple Optometry we are passionate and proud to deliver high quality, accessible eye care, to this beautiful community encompassing eastern Lambton and western Middlesex counties.

Unfortunately, for more than 30 years, successive governments have failed to invest in eye care. As a result, OHIP now only covers half the cost of an eye examination. We subsidize the remainder. Coupled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on optometrists’ ability to see patients, eye care in Ontario is now at risk.

The pandemic has strained health professionals and decimated small businesses.  Teeple Optometry is not immune to the pressure, COVID-19 has only more openly exposed the failing OHIP funding system.

This situation is unfair and is unsustainable.

Going to work every day knowing you will be operating at a loss is challenging enough. But even more debilitating is seeing what you devoted your entire career to – improving people’s quality of life – being dismissed as unessential.

We absolutely love what we do, not only because we can help improve your eyesight, but we also have the ability, through comprehensive eye exams, to detect the early stages of potentially life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and potential strokes. It is incredibly rewarding to help people lead healthier, happier lives.

But it’s time for Ontario’s elected officials to open their eyes to a crisis that’s about to become painfully visible for all to see. Our message to government is not one of confrontation but of collaboration. Because it doesn’t have to be this way.

With policy changes or assistance, we can avoid further straining an already overstretched healthcare system.

With statistics showing that 1 in 3 Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by the age of 65, finding a sustainable solution is more pressing than ever.

We owe it to our parents and grandparents, our children and grandchildren, to find a better way forward.

To learn more and to add your voice to the growing number of Ontarians calling on government to work with optometrists, visit www.saveeyecare.ca.

We’re open! Here’s what you need to know.

We have resumed regular office hours and are scheduling routine appointments. We have worked diligently to create a safe environment for our staff and patients and we look forward to serving you. There are several new and important considerations to review before calling and visiting our office.

  • We will be scheduling patients based on several priorities including urgency and risk. Please be patient as our staff continue to accommodate a large number of previously cancelled and priority appointments.
  • If you have an eye emergency, don’t hesitate to call the office.
  • You must disclose to us if you have a fever, sore throat, cough, conjunctivitis, feel generally unwell, have a reduced sense of taste and smell, have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, have had a positive COVID test or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. (For a self assessment tool –  click here )
  • Entry to our office is by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed.
  • You must wear a well fitted 2+ layer mask for the duration of your time in the office and sanitize your hands upon arrival and departure. You must not bring extra, unnecessary items with you. No food or drink is allowed. The mask must cover your mouth and nose at all times. One layer gaitor or bandanna style will not be allowed.
  • You must enter the office by yourself, unless a care taker is required. Multiple members of a family may not enter together.
  • We may advise scheduling a teleoptometry appointment, rather than office visit in certain situations.
  • Some repairs and pickups can be arranged without office entry.
  • You can contact our office by calling 519-828-3858 or by using the contact form on our web site. We have suspended our online booking service for the time being.

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

Congratulations Karen!

Karen’s hard work over the past year to achieve her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant designation has come to fruition! We’re so proud of Karen and her accomplishment!

Karen has been part of the Teeple Optometry team since 2018 working as an Optometric Assistant. Karen brightens the office with her welcoming personality, sense of humor and thoughtful approach to patient care. When not at work, she enjoys being active outdoors doing activities like baseball, gardening and geocaching. Karen also enjoys reading and spending time with family.

Important changes to our services and schedule during the COVID-19 outbreak

We are responding to recommendations from the College of Optometrists of Ontario to limit our services to urgent care only until the restrictions are eased. Here’s what this means for you.

  • We will be deferring routine and non-urgent eyecare for the time being.
  • Urgent eye care situations include symptoms of loss of vision in either eye, a sudden change in vision, an eye injury or infection, new eye pain, breakage or loss of critical eyewear. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are urgent, you may contact our office.
  • If you have an appointment already scheduled that is not urgent, we will be contacting you to reschedule it to a later date.
  • If you have glasses or contact lenses in process, we will do our best to dispense these to you in a safe manner. If you require more contact lenses and are due for an examination, we are able to provide you a supply and ship to your home where possible.
  • If you have broken a critical pair of glasses, we will attempt to repair these for you.
  • Please do not come to our office without an appointment or contacting us first. Please do not bring accompanying family members or drivers with you into the office. We will limit the number of people in our office at any one time.
  • We are limiting the hours we are open.
  • You can contact our office by calling 519-828-3858, emailing teepleoptometry@execulink.com or by using the contact form on this web page. We will  be responding to messages as able inside of normal business hours.
  • If you have a fever, recent cough, feel unwell or have traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days or have had exposure to another person infected with the cornavirus, do not come to the office.

Our temporary office hours are:

  • Mondays             9:00 – 12:00
  • Tuesdays             Closed
  • Wednesdays       1:00 – 4:00
  • Thursdays           Closed
  • Fridays               9:00 – 12:00

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

 

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