Dr. Kirsten North Merivale Vision Care

Dr. Kirsten North, Optometrist

Dr. North has been working at Merivale Vision Care since 1992 and is now one of the clinic's owners. Dr. North enjoys getting to know her patients in order to better meet their vision needs. Dr. North is very passionate about the profession of optometry and has spent many hours advancing the profession through positions on both he Ontario Association Board and the Canadian Association Council. She was the president of the Canadian Association of Optometrists from 2009-2011. She has been living in Ottawa since 1992 when she graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. She enjoys spending her free time with her two lovely daughters.

In 2015 Dr North opened Ottawa Vision Therapy, a space dedicated to help those with vision issues that affect learning, reading, attention and day to day living. We are equipped and ready to provide comprehensive binocular vision assessments, pediatric and special needs examinations, learning disability/visual perceptual evaluations, traumatic brain injury/concussion examinations, sports vision evaluation, and in-office vision therapy (aka vision training, orthoptics).

Services Offered

Complete Eye & Vision Exams

Your sight is precious and the best way to preserve optimal vision is through regular preventive eye care. Merivale Vision Care provides a full range of vision care services with state of art diagnostic technology, quality products and a collaborative team of professionals.

Dr North will take the time to listen to your goals and concerns during the examination and ensure your needs are met. Her examination and testing can be easily adapted to any age level. At Merivale Vision Care we offer a wide variety of exams, testing and products

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy is an individualized neuro-optometric program designed to improve and treat visual function. The goal is to improve visual skills, to eliminate symptoms of visual stress and provide the skills necessary to read and learn at your full potential.

While prescription eyeglasses are often a good first step, optimal performance at school, work and sports goes well beyond clarity of sight. We assess every aspect of your vision. How your eyes move, focus, absorb the world around you and direct your brain to respond to what you see.

We work with you to make your eyes fitter, faster and stronger because we know you can and will do better. Whether it’s winning at sports, or keeping up with your class,our programs create results that bring awareness and understanding to how your vision might be holding you back from achieving your goals.

For more information go to visiontherapyottawa.com

Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions, whiplash and other causes of brain injury can disrupt effective efficient visual processing. Even when MRI and CT scans show no physical damage, the pathways for vision can be interrupted.

Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) is a cluster of symptoms that are common after a TBI. If you are suffering from any of the following you may have PTVS: headaches, light sensitivity, double vision, poor concentration and short attention span, visual fatigue, a change in prescription, and poor focusing Dr North works in concert with the rest of your rehabilitation team to develop a rehabilitation program to help influence and maximize potential for recovery.

For more information go to visiontherapyottawa.com

When should I get my eyes checked?

Any symptoms, either ocular or visual should be checked by a Doctor of Optometry.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists demographic analysis shows the following schedule is ideal for maintaining great vision and eye health.

Group Age Frequency
Infants and toddlers Birth-24 months 1st eye exam between 6 & 9 months of age
Preschool Children Ages 2-5 At least one eye exam ideally at age 3
School aged children Ages 6-19 Yearly eye exams
Adults Ages 20-64 Every 2 years
unless we are monitoring an eye disease or
contact lenses are worn,
in those cases yearly exams are recommended
Seniors Ages 65 and over Should have their eye checked yearly

Drop us a line


Merivale Vision Care
8A-1547 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON K2G4V3


Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


(613) 226-8446