Dr. Tracy Brodie opened her Optometry practice in Burlington shortly after she graduated in 1987 with Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Waterloo. As her practice has grown, she has relocated several times with her current downtown location boasting state of the art equipment and an award winning optical boutique.
Twenty years ago, she was one of the first Optometrists in the area to offer vision therapy to children with vision-related learning problems. Dr. Brodie has recently updated her vision therapy program and added services in Behavioural Optometry. Behavioural optometry takes a holistic or “whole-body approach” to eye care. Only part of vision is seeing something singly and clearly; your brain also has to interpret the signals that it receives from your eyes before you understand what you are looking at. Vision therapy can improve many visual problems such as strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye) that cannot be improved by glasses or contact lenses alone. Dr. Brodie recently complete a post-graduate training program for vision therapy offered through the Optometric Extension program (OEP) in the US.
Based on this training, she is happy to announce that in-office treatment is now available for improving eye and visual performance. For symptoms such as eye-strain, double vision, or poor concentration or focus, you might have problems with your binocular vision (how well your eyes work together). Dr. Brodie can develop a personal program for you, consisting of in-office and at-home activities that improve this type of vision problem, making your day-to-day visual tasks such as reading, driving, or using electronic devices much easier to perform.
As you probably know, reading is a highly visual process. Sometimes poor eyesight or difficulty processing visual information can cause children and adults to under perform at school or work. For example, if your eyes have difficulty tracking the letters as you read, you may not understand the text very well, and this poor comprehension may slow your learning. Dr. Brodie can create for you (or your child) a personal vision therapy program to build a more efficient visual system that will help you read more quickly and comfortably, with the outcome that you can better learn and understand visual information.
Starting in September 2016, Dr. Brodie will also offer sports vision therapy for athletes who want to improve their visual ability in their specific sport.
In addition, Dr. Brodie is qualified to supervise rehabilitation following an acquired or traumatic brain injury. Concussions can seriously impair your vision, resulting in an inability to focus or concentrate, extreme sensitivity to light, and vertigo. Vision therapy, and sometimes along with spectacle lenses tinted in specific colours, can greatly improve the quality of life for a patient with concussion or other acquired brain injuries. Acquired brain injury can be caused by whiplash, motor vehicle accident, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, just to name a few.
Dr. Brodie also offers a range of tests using the latest technology to ensure you have the highest quality eye care. She uses an Optical Coherence Tomographer to take images of the cross-sections of the retina and optic nerve to detect and diagnose various eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. The Retinal Camera records high definition images of the retina to assist in monitoring conditions such as hardening of the arteries (artherosclerosis), macular degeneration and glaucoma. In addition, the Pachymeter measures the thickness of the cornea, which provides important information about the health and condition of the front structures of the eye.
Dr. Brodie is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the College of Optometrists. She is a clinical associate of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP), and she is also an associate of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Dr. Brodie was a finalist in the 2015 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
She has traveled to Italy, New York and France in search of unique and unusual frames to add to her award-winning selection of eyewear. In addition, a wide selection of contact lenses, both disposable and specialty lenses, are available. She also offers pre- and post-operative refractive laser surgery care, as well as post-cataract surgery care.
In her free time, Dr. Brodie enjoys family, friends, food, and exercise.