Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Dagmar Lutzi emigrated to Canada from Germany as a small child and was raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo and subsequently completed a two year residency in contact lenses while working at the University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic. She was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Outstanding Achievement award for contact lenses. She has served on numerous committees for the College of Optometrists of Ontario and has been an examiner for the Canadian Examiners in Optometry for many years. In her spare time she enjoys any activities that involve her grandchildren.
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Dr. Kirsten Ball was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. She attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, and then a Doctor of Optometry degree from the UW School of Optometry in 2000. Graduating with honours, she received numerous awards for Academic and Clinical Excellence, including outstanding achievements in pediatric optometry and optics. As well as working in private practice, she also pursued research activities part time at the School of Optometry as a research optometrist for eight years, which included work with pre-school children, linking vision and literacy, and binocular vision. Dr. Ball is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Optometrists, as well as the College of Optometrists of Ontario, where she serves as a Quality Assurance Assessor. She also serves as the president of the Waterloo-Wellington and District Optometric Society. In her spare time she enjoys training and competing nationally and internationally in fencing, as well as travelling to new places, and exploring the outdoors.
Dr. Lindsay Paquette grew up in Goderich, Ontario. She has lived in the Waterloo region since 2003. She graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2010, prior to which she completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Paquette is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, College of Optometrists of Ontario, and Waterloo Wellington Optometric Society. Early in her career, she spent a few years doing contact lens research at the University of Waterloo; during that time she had two articles published and was involved in creating an online Contact Lens Management guide. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, playing ringette and ultimate frisbee, and spending time at home in Conestogo with her husband and pets.
Dr. Sarah Hagedorn was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. She received a Bachelors of Biomedical Science degree from the University of Waterloo in 2011 as well as a Doctor of Optometry Degree in 2015. She was named on the Dean’s Honours List for both degrees and received the Good-Lite Paediatrics Award in her final year of study. Dr. Hagedorn participated in a mission trip to Lima, Peru where she performed eye exams for local Peruvians with the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) group. Dr. Hagedorn is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and a local ambassador for the Eye See Eye Learn Program. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, playing ultimate frisbee and horseback riding.