About Us

Meet Dr Fred Fydell

Thunder Bay is home

Born and raised in Ottawa, Dr. Fred Fydell graduated with his Doctor of Optometry degree from Waterloo University. After interning in the remote communities of Northwestern Ontario during the summer prior to graduation, he chose to establish his practice in Thunder Bay. Underserviced at the time, he believed the region would provide him the quality of life he envisioned for himself and his future family.

The early practice

Dr. Fydell has built his practice around the care of your eyes for over 35 years. For the first twenty five years he practiced in Westfort, where he also provided treatment services which included the fitting and dispensing of contact lenses and eyeware.

Believing in the importance of access to eyecare for all, Dr. Fydell travelled several days a month for a number of years to remote areas of Northwestern Ontario, including Ignace, Atikokan and Marathon. He also provided services to Webeque, Summer Beaver, Lansdowne House and Fort Hope, communities who otherwise would not have been examined readily.

Focusing on complete visual health

In 2003, Dr Fydell relocated to Intercity Shopping Centre. He shifted the focus of his practice to complete visual health evaluation. This involves combining the latest in eye health education with vision technology to deliver a superior level of service and care to his patients.

Committed to identifying potential vision issues early in children

Since starting his practice, Dr. Fydell has been deeply committed to detecting vision problems early in children. As part of the ‘Fair Start Program’ of the District Health Unit, which promotes the identification of children at visual risk before they enter the educational system, Dr. Fydell has continued to fully support annual visual exams of children from kindergarten through the teenage years. This is the age bracket where growth of the eyes is often rapid and visual difficulties can often manifest themselves, hindering effective learning.

A father himself, Dr Fydell understands a visit to the Optometrist can be scary for some children. Friendly and genuinely interested in children, he puts them at ease and adjusts the whole procedure carefully to make it a pleasant and relaxed experience for children and their parents.

Dedicated to his profession

Dr. Fred Fydell is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the College of Optometrists of Ontario and Optometric Services Inc. He actively attends professional conferences to keep current in the industry so he can continue to provide the most up to date advice to his patients.

Living his dream

Dr. Fred Fydell has fully embraced all of the benefits of living in Thunder Bay. He is an avid golfer, kayaker and cross country skier. He is a member of the Lakehead Badminton Association and enjoys curling, bridge, chess and playing the piano.

Meet Sarah

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Sarah is the newest addition to our team as an optometric assistant. Sarah graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in psychology. She has over 3 years of customer service experience working in various leadership roles including key holder, trainer, assistant manager, and store manager. Sarah also has over 6 years of professional coaching experience as a figure skating instructor, teaching children from the age of two through to adults. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, travelling, and spending time with her friends and family. With a warm and welcoming presence, Sarah looks forward to seeing you in our office.

Meet Jenny

Jenny is a retired university administrator who works part time performing optometric assistant duties and special projects.

Top Optometrists in Thunder Bay, ON 2015
A Thunder Bay Optometrist winner of the 2015 Patients' Choice Awards.
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