Ivey Eye Institute - London Ontario Canada

| Tuesday April 25, 2017
6:36 AM
Ivey Eye 
Institute - Keeping the Focus on Patients

St. Joseph's Ivey Eye Institute will see close to 90,000 patient visits each year
by Jennifer Parraga and Betty Dann, Published in Vim & Vigour, Summer 2010

For 12-year-old John Wotherspoon, his first visit to the Ivey Eye Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital came with great news: no surgery in the near future, maybe never.

John has been dealing with amblyopia— commonly known as lazy eye—since it became noticeable at age eight. Referred in 2008 to Dr. Sapna Sharan, a pediatric ophthalmologist, he has been followed at the Ivey Eye Institute ever since.

In the past few years, John's eye measurements have been gradually improving on their own. "There is a good chance he will grow out of his lazy eye," says John's mom, Robin Wotherspoon. In the meantime, he will be measured and evaluated annually to be sure his condition continues to improve, and that's a source of comfort for the Wotherspoons.

Impressed with the new institute at St. Joseph's Hospital, Robin says it's clear the needs of patients were paramount when it came to the design. "I'm really pleased with how efficiently it's laid out. It's evident a lot of thought went into how the space was to be used for the benefit of both patients and caregivers. I was especially happy to see there was a separate waiting room for children."

In an exciting development for London and the region, the institute was recently consolidated in newly created space at St. Joseph's Hospital, a leader in ambulatory care. This means there is now one, dedicated space to meet the eye care needs of patients across Western Ontario.

The bright, modern 54,000-squarefoot centre expands across two floors. Designed with the patient in mind, it offers centralized services in retina; pediatric ophthalmology; ocularplastics; cornea/ anterior segment; low vision optometry; glaucoma; and ophthalmic diagnostics.

The new centre will see close to 90,000 patient visits each year with those receiving care coming from as far east as the Niagara region, north to Sault Ste. Marie and south to Essex County. The centre's expertise also draws people from around the world.

At the same time, Ivey Eye is instrumental in helping to produce the next generation of medical leaders. It's a teaching centre, providing training to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. The Department of Ophthalmology of The University of Western Ontario is located in the institute.

Larry H. Allen
Bruce D. Nichols