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    Optometrist practising in Vancouver and Richmond is B.C.’s Optometrist of the Year

    Vancouver, April 17, 2009 – Vancouver and Richmond optometrist Dr. Tod McNab was named Optometrist of the Year by the B.C. Association of Optometrists at a recent awards luncheon.

    “This award was completely unexpected, but I am thrilled at receiving it,” said Dr. McNab. “In my opinion, the highest honour is the one given to you by your colleagues.”

    Dr. Antoinette Dumalo, president of the association, said Dr. McNab was given the honour because of his dedication to the profession of optometry, and because of his work helping people in the world’s poorest countries regain their vision. “Throughout his career, Dr. McNab has tirelessly volunteered his skills. He is an inspiration and mentor for other optometrists.”

    Dr. McNab has been actively involved with the Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS) for the past twelve years. He has provided free eye exams, donated eyewear and organized cataract surgeries in eye care clinics in Romania, India, Malawi and Cambodia.

    “I have absolutely loved my volunteer trips abroad,” said Dr. McNab. “It is very fulfilling to bring the basic eye care services that most of us take for granted to people who have almost no access to medical treatment of any kind.”

    Dr. McNab graduated from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry in 1981, where he was the recipient of an academic achievement scholarship. In 1986, Dr. McNab began practising in Richmond and is now part of Pacific eyeDoctors, which includes large multi-doctor clinics. He currently practises in Vancouver as well as Richmond. Dr. McNab became active with the B.C. Association of Optometrists in the late 1980s, participating as a councillor and chairing several committees within the association.

    The Optometrist of the Year Award is given to an optometrist who has contributed to the advancement of optometry in a meaningful way over the past year or cumulatively over many years.

    Optometrists specialize in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structures. It’s important children have a complete eye exam by six months, at three years, before entering school and regularly thereafter. Adults 19 to 64 should have an eye exam every two years. People with diabetes or age 65 or older should have an exam at least once a year.

    For more information on eye health, or to locate an optometrist near you, visit www.whatcouldbemoreimportant.com.

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    For more information contact:
    Mahafrine Petigara, media relations, 604.623.3007