Dr Tonya Tira joins Peninsula Lifetime Eyecare Centre with nearly 15 years of optometric eye care experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2001 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2005. After practicing general optometry in the Chicago area for five years, she went on to complete a residency in Vision Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.
Following residency, Dr Tira spent time in private practice in Virginia and Illinois. While practicing in Virginia, she served as Co-Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Richmond Optometric Association. In 2014, Dr Tira earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Dr. Tira enjoys providing both routine comprehensive eye care and functional eye examinations for children and adults who experience difficulties with visual skills and processing, including Convergence Insufficiency.
She looks forward to providing Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric services for individuals who struggle with reading, academics, or sports due to developmental eye issues or deficiencies of visual abilities following concussion and other acquired brain injuries.
In her free time, Dr. Tira enjoys yoga and travel. She and her husband, Greg, are excited for the opportunity to return to Canada and settle on the Island with their daughter, Deanna.