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IRIS Waterloo, A Pioneer in the Ontario Eye Care Industry

Opened in 2007, IRIS Waterloo is definitely dear to our great family for many reasons. This clinic is the first store in Ontario to combine the practice of Opticians and Optometrists to work as a cohesive team for better patient care. One of its corporate partners and practising Optometrist, is Dr. Daryan Angle, the Vice-President of Business Development at IRIS the Visual Group. He played a singular and integral role in Ontario’s adoption of personalizing patient care. Dr. Angle’s efforts introduced the concept of collaborative eye care in Ontario, bringing Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists together under one brand. He provoked important changes regarding the legislation pertaining to the profession of optometry. By breaking down barriers within the optical industry, a huge opportunity was created for new Optometrists to develop business partnerships, working alongside skilled professionals.

The IRIS Waterloo team and the storefront of the store

This team is lucky to count among it a very passionate and experienced staff which includes, Darren Wilson (store manager), and Dr. Daniela Bugescu (Optometrist). They are also happy to work with Richard Casselli (Optician) who has brought significant value to their office, specializing in the practice of Orthokeratology. He’s been immensely successful in correcting nearsighted patients’ vision for the past 20 years.

If you are looking for a pair of trendy glasses or sunglasses, IRIS Waterloo is definitely your fashion destination. They have a very wide selection of frames – much larger than most IRIS locations, including brands such as Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford, Prada, and 30+ other brand names! They are also one of the few stores that carry the exclusive Robert Marc frames – a luxury brand imported from New York.

IRIS Waterloo is also a good corporate citizen. Darren Wilson explains: ‘’We are tapped into our local Uptown Waterloo culture. As part of being a conscientious local business, we align ourselves with the values and initiatives of the Uptown Waterloo BIA (Business Improvement Area). It is a non-profit committee dedicated to the positive evolution of the Uptown core, working collectively to build and create momentum toward a vibrant, attractive, and people-oriented city core.” 

The team at IRIS Waterloo is standing in from tof the sunglasses stand and a patient is having an eye exam

This store is also participating in a pilot project that is going on within our network: they have chosen to partner with Avenir Hearing! Since September, this store has been at the forefront of eye and hearing care – all under one roof – creating a single stop for health care solutions for both ears and eyes.

If you live in the Waterloo area, we definitely recommend that you drop by the store to make appointments for your eyes and your hearing. And, come pick your new glasses from their wide inventory of frames!

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