We have experienced the “over 40” changes and having to adapt to reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses in order to see well at near. We have helped our older family members through their cataract surgeries, and have been just as excited as them with their dramatic improvement in vision.
During our 30+ years of serving Winnipeg and the surrounding areas, we have witnessed amazing changes in eye and vision care. The development of new instruments to diagnose eye conditions sooner, and new and improved treatments for those eye conditions have resulted in better visual outcomes than 30 years ago. Technological advances in both spectacle and contact lens materials and designs have kept up with the other new technologies that we subject our eyes to every day, such as cell phones and extended computer use. Ongoing Dry Eye research is leading to the development of new eye drops, medications and other treatments that bring relief to many people. We enjoy being part of this progress and look forward to future advances.
Dr. Alison McMechan was born and raised in Winnipeg. She attended the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Animal Science), before attending the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. While at Waterloo, she was the recipient of research scholarships and assistantships through Allergan and NSERC, which gave her the opportunity to take part in research projects during the summers.
After graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1986, she returned to Winnipeg, and has enjoyed practicing in the Transcona/Kildonans area since 1989. Dr. McMechan opened her current practice at Reenders Square Eye Centre in 2012.
Dr. McMechan has served the Manitoba Association of Optometrists as their liaison to the CNIB, as a practical examiner for the MAO Board of Examiners, and is currently a longstanding member of the Appeals Committee.
During her 30+ years of serving Winnipeg and the surrounding areas, Dr. McMechan has witnessed amazing changes in eye and vision care. Over the past few years, she has developed an interest in the role that nutrition plays in the health of our eyes and also the assessment and treatment of Dry Eye, which is currently the subject of widespread research throughout the world. She has enjoyed being part of this progress and looks forward to future advances.
Dr. Rachna Menon attended the University of Winnipeg where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biopsychology. She then pursued her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago (ICO). During her studies there, Dr. Menon maintained an active role in student association and special interest committees, and was nominated Colleague of the Year during her final year. Upon graduation, she was also inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society as well as the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society.
Dr. Menon’s extensive clinical training included comprehensive pediatric eye care and specialty contact lenses at ICO. Externship training included a private practice in Fargo, ND, an Ophthalmology co-management practice with retinal and corneal specialists in Mount Dora, Florida, and Medical Optometry at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Boston, MA. She was also fortunate to receive clinical experience on a mission trip to Honduras, where she was part of a team delivering eye care to the locals.
Upon returning to Winnipeg in 2016, Dr. Menon has been providing comprehensive eye care for all ages, with a special interest in pediatric vision care, ocular disease and contact lenses. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, cooking or baking, and cheering on the Jets! She is looking forward to seeing you at Reenders Square Eye Centre for all of your eye care needs.