Dr Cameron McCrodan,
Dr Alison Caiger-Watson, and Dr Mark Paquette, Optometrists
Dr. Cameron McCrodan OD, FCOVD, Founder
Dr. McCrodan was inspired to focus his career on neurovisual performance shortly after graduation. He had been observing an appointment with a 50-year-old patient who had been successfully treated for a reading/learning disability caused by an underlying eye movement and processing problem. The patient shared that he didn’t like to read because he thought he was stupid – only to realize it had been a problem with his eyes.
Today Dr. McCrodan supports patients of all ages and abilities, including those with reading and learning issues, head trauma, concussions, and sports vision needs.
Dr. McCrodan grew up in Victoria and graduated from The School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. He is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD), currently sits on the board of directors for the British Columbia Optometry Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and the Optometric Extension Program.
Dr. Alison Caiger-Watson
Dr. Caiger-Watson graduated from Carleton University in 2006, with highest honours in a bachelor of science (biology) degree. During this time, she worked as a researcher at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute completing studies on atrial fibrillation. In 2012 she completed her doctorate degree from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, graduating on the Dean’s Honours List.
During her training, Dr. Caiger-Watson interned with internationally renowned optometrists and ophthalmologists at the OMNI Eye Services of Atlanta. Focuses of the clinic included treatment and management of anterior segment disorders, retinal disease, glaucoma, and pre and post-operative care of cataract surgery. Dr. Caiger-Watson also interned at the Lions Sight First Eye Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, where she gained first hand experience in tropical ocular disease diagnosis and management.
Dr. Caiger-Watson is passionate about volunteer optometric work. As an optometry student she has participated in eye care missions worldwide, including Ecuador, Western Sahara and Malawi. She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. Dr. Caiger-Watson looks forward to continuing her volunteer work in the future. When not practicing, volunteering or running triathalons, Alison paddles. Highlights of her paddling career include 13 national titles, 2 national records, silver medalist at the Junior World Marathon Championships, and a nomination to the 2007 Senior Women’s World Championship and Olympic pool. Dr. Caiger-Watson is a licensed private pilot and enjoys spending time flying with her family and friends.
Most recently Dr. Caiger-Watson has found a passion in bringing neuro-optometry and vision therapy to Nanaimo. This allows her to help everyone from athletes who want better hand-eye coordination, to children who may be struggling with reading and learning, or people with vision symptoms after a head injury or concussion. This has become her favourite area of care because of meaningful difference that treatment can make.
Dr. Mark Paquette BSC, OD
Dr. Paquette’s optimizes his neurovisual training and behavioral optometry practice with combined expertise in biopsychology, personal training and coaching. After working as a medic/search and rescue crew member with the Canadian Coast Guard Dr. Paquette entered The School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Paquette has participated in two eye care missions to impoverished areas of Central America with ICare International, and regularly provides eye care to remote, coastal First Nations communities. Dr. Paquette is also a speaker on the topic of behavioral optometry.
Dr. Paquette is a member of the Victoria Optometry Association, the British Columbia Optometry Association, the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Dr. Paquette coaches young athletes in gymnastics, diving, and basketball. He’s often found running though Beacon Hill Park, cycling on the Galloping Goose trail, and surfing the southern shores of Vancouver Island.
Opto-mization NeuroVisual Performance Centres
At our Opto-mization™ NeuroVisual Performance Centres, we assess how your eyes and brain work together and develop a program to improve the efficiency of your neuro pathway. This can include Opto-mization™ Training and Ergoptics™ lens prescription to help enhance eye tracking, visual processing and focusing abilities that support reading, comprehension and focus.
A virtual look inside at our facilities
Located in Victoria, B.C., and in Nanaimo, B.C., Dr. McCrodan’s Opto-mization NeuroVisual Performance Centre is dedicated to neuro-visual rehab, vision therapy, vision development, and behavioural optometry. Take a look inside – or book an appointment to see it for yourself.