Dr. Devan Trischuk was born and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Interest in optometry started from a young age with yearly visits to his OD for stronger glasses due to rapidly progressing myopia

Lectures across Canada to other ODs and health care professionals on myopia management

Devan Trischuk

Dr. Devan Trischuk

Doctorate of Optometry from the University Of Waterloo.

He received the Michael Gutwein Memorial Award for his graduating class at Waterloo (2011)

Selected as one of the top “40 Under 40” optometrists in Canada by Johnson and Johnson Vision (2018)

Why did you choose your field?

I was a young, rapidly progressing myope. From age 7 I needed a bump in Rx every ~6 months before eventually plateau-ing in my early 20’s. My childhood optometrist, Dr. Ron Rogoza, always brought such positive energy, laughter and smiles to my appointments that I always looked forward to them. (I also looked forward to more minus, like all good myopes 😉 )

These fond memories paired with an interest in math/science/healthcare directed me towards optometry as a career.

What changes to eye care do you see coming down the pipe?

I see myopia management becoming the standard of care for myopic children. I look forward to the day when the awareness in the general population of this specialty area results in parents/guardians expecting myopia management for their child.

Hopefully this increased awareness also results in preventative measures being taken – time outdoors, appropriate amounts of near work, future preventative treatments (?) – so that there is an improvement in the global projections of increasing myopia and severity.

What is something you have done in your practice to set you apart.

Offering a wide range of myopia treatment options.
The ability to tailor a treatment plan to each child’s exam findings/visual needs/family dynamic coupled with the constantly increasing number of evidence-based, effective treatment options has allowed more families to access myopia management than ever before.

What business books would you recommend other ECPs read?

‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ – Dale Carnegie.
A great book for anyone to read – improve your work and personal life.

What advice would you give a new grad today?

Shadow more senior practitioners – there is an immense amount that can be learned from observing those years of experience in action.

Last time you laughed?

Being a human jungle gym for my kids.
Listening to my 4.5 year old daughter describe her perception of the world around her.

What’s your Favorite food?

My wife’s Prime Rib with a nice red wine.

Favorite past-time/hobby?

Previously it was taking in outdoors/sports for my own enjoyment, but it has now shifted to instilling (forcing?) a love of outdoors/active lifestyle in my children.

You can listen to Dr. Trischuk discuss his perspective on myopia control on our Eyes Wide Open Podcast.