Pioneer Eye Care
See for yourself
When you book your eye exam at Pioneer Eye Care with Dr. Iuliana Dragomir O.D., you’ll soon see why patients young and old in Kitchener-Waterloo trust her for comprehensive eye care. Dr. Dragomir is committed to providing each patient with the full eye care they deserve. As a firm believer in educating patients about caring for their vision, Iuliana takes the time to help her patients understand their ocular health and answer any questions they may have. She has a special talent for working with children to help safeguard their vision.
Dr. Dragomir, O.D.: Background & Interests
Dr. Iuliana Dragomir comes from Winnipeg, MB, but she’s called Kitchener her home since 2006. She enjoys travel, so it was only fitting for her to finish her studies with professional placements in Canada and Europe.
Dr. Dragomir began her education at the University of Manitoba where she studied science and graduated with honours. She then moved to Waterloo where she made the Dean’s Honour List after obtaining her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2010. After graduating, she was awarded the 2010 Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care.
She is currently an active member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. She is currently involved in the Eye See Eye Learn®program that aims to help children with early childhood eye care health development.
Her other interests include exploring the wilderness of Canada through backcountry canoeing, camping, biking and hiking. Algonquin Park is one of her favourite destinations. She also enjoys spending time sailing with her family. She loves to cook and explore local cuisine. In her free time, Dr. Dragomir supports the community by volunteering at The Working Centre in downtown Kitchener.
Peter Klassen is a staple of the Optical industry. After graduating from Seneca College he started his own optical business in 1975. After serving for 18 years in Cambridge (Preston), he moved his optical store to Pioneer Park in Kitchener. We are lucky enough to have him on our team at Pioneer Eye Care ever since.
Peter Klassen can help you choose the frame and lenses that are right for your needs. If you wish to try contact lenses, we can help you with that too.
Peter Klassen, born in Brazil, came to Canada at age 17 and after improving his English skills, began his work career at an optical laboratory. Learning from the bottom up has given him the knowledge and wisdom that he offers to the public.
Peter Klassen, Registered Optician
Licensed by the Ontario College of Opticians
Ontario Opticians Association
Ontario Contact Lens Association
Registered Optician Number: C585
Eye Exams from a Licensed Optometrist
Trust the experienced team from Pioneer Eye Care for complete eye at our Kitchener office.
Dr. Dragomir will help identify and correct any issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Take control of your eyes’ health and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dragomir today
What to Expect from an Eye Exam
Several types of tests may be performed to determine your visual health and acuity. This exam usually lasts just 30 minutes. For children, the exam is changed just a bit to emphasize the child’s visual development and eye movement control.
When you first visit our Kitchener-Cambridge eye clinic, a thorough patient history is taken to learn more about your general health, ocular and family history and any vision problems you may by experiencing.
Visual Acuity Tests
A visual acuity test is often the first test performed to determine the sharpness of your vision. These tests use a projected eye chart to measure your visual acuity at a distance. A small, hand-held mirror is used to determine your near vision acuity.
Colour Blindness Test
A colour blindness screening may be performed in young patients. This simple test can detect hereditary color vision deficiencies as well as other health problems in adults.
Retinoscopy, also another test that may come early in your eye exam, is used to help determine your eyeglass prescription. A light will shine in your eyes and the refractive error is evaluated by the movement of the reflected light from inside your retina. This test is especially helpful for diagnosing vision problems in children.
A refraction test determines your exact eyeglass prescription. Using an instrument called a phoropter that’s placed in front of your eyes, a series of lens choices are shown. Based on your ability to see through these lenses, the final eyeglass prescription is decided.
Slit Lamp Exam
In order to examine the total health of your eyes, a slit lamp is used. This device allows us to receive a magnified view of your eye structures. Using a special high-powered lens, an interior view of you eye can be achieved. This aids in the diagnosis of a wide range of eye conditions, including corneal ulcers, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Your eye care professional can diagnosis the onset of glaucoma by using an applanation tonometry test by taking a pressure reading of your eyes. Yellow drops are placed in your eyes to numb them for approximately 20 minutes. While examining your eye using a blue light, eye pressure can be measured. This test takes only a few seconds and is painless.
Pupil Dilation & Retinal Examination
In order to obtain a better view of the interior structures of your eyes, the pupils are enlarged with dilating drops. After about 20 minutes, your pupils will dilate and cause you to be sensitive to light. You may have trouble focusing on objects up close and this effect can last up to 3 hours. Depending on your job, it may be advisable to take off work for a few hours until the effects subside. It is recommended that you bring sunglasses to the eye exam and/or a driver because driving will be difficult if not impossible. This test allows us to thoroughly evaluate your ocular health and is recommended on every examination. Even if your vision is 20/20, there may be an underlying disease that can be detected in its earliest stages.
In addition to a complete eye examination, it may be advisable to order more specialized tests. If this is the case, you may be referred to a local ophthalmologist.
Frames, Lenses & Contact Lenses in Kitchener
Patients in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and the surrounding Area in Kitchener have relied on pioneer eye care for a wide assortment of frames, lenses and contact lenses. Our staff is proud to carry designer frames ranging from classic to contemporary. For those requiring industrial safety, we carry a full line of frames from the trusted manufacturer Hoya Vision (3M Aearo). For all your eye-wear needs, you will find the perfect style and get the ‘best’ fit at Pioneer eye care in Kitchener.
10 Pioneer Dr
Kitchener, ON N2P2A4