About Us

Saving Vision Through Education

It is our mission to keep you educated about your eye health and give your the best options to see your best and protect your sight. We embrace it by taking the time to get to know your eye care history, overall health and combine the education of our staff and appropriate technologies. Our comprehensive honest approach to eye care ensures that your get the best possible care, advice and options for your visual needs.

Dr. Saari and his staff look forward to the opportunity to treat your family as we would one of our own and partnering with you to maintain your precious gift of sight. Call or Book your Appointment today.

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Dr. Richard Saari

Dr. Richard Saari graduated with his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003. He returned to join the family practice in Welland. He became an advocate for maintaining the highest professional standards by joining the Quality Assurance Committee of the College of Optometrists of Ontario in 2003, a role which he still enjoys today. He is a committee member for the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) Eye See… Eye Learn program which directs the province-wide program focused on ELKP children and visual success. He embarked on a personal mission to educate the community about maintain good eye health through professional articles in the Welland Tribune, holding education sessions at local libraries, speaking at OAO meetings and being a community partner to many elementary schools in Niagara.

In 2012 he expanded his horizons by establishing his own clinic with the sole mission of “Saving Vision Through Education.” He took on the role of Eye See… Eye Learn lead for the Niagara Region visiting hundreds of classrooms and taking the message of good eye health directly to ELKP children and their parents. He was awarded the 2014 Ontario Association of Optometrists Public Education Award at the annual OAO Symposium which was held in Niagara Falls that year.

He balances his professional life with an amazing family. He and his wife, Carolyn, are proud parents of 4 children. He is an active member of his church community and when he can fit it in he loves golfing, skiing and spending time poolside with family.

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Michaela – Receptionist

Michaela joined the team in 2012 coming from a very busy chiropractic clinic. Her attention to detail has allowed her to become very well versed in many aspects of the office. She is dedicated to ensuring patients are kept up-to-date with appointments and referrals. Her keen sense of fashion makes her a great fit when selecting the best new eye wear for patients and is very educated when discussing the optimal lenses to compliment your lifestyle.

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Martine – Receptionist

Martine joined the team in 2017 coming from General Motors. Her extensive experience in customer service and administration made for a perfect match with our growing office. She is motivated and determined to ensure that every patient enjoys their experience in the office and leaves knowing that we are here to ensure your optimal vision needs are met.

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Niki – Optometric Assistant (CCOA)

Niki is an exceptional member of our team as she well versed in all areas of the office. She has been in the eye care industry since 2006 and has a wonderful way of connecting with our patients. She has an incredible eye for picking fashionable eye wear and she isn’t shy telling you her honest opinion when helping decide on a great new look. She enjoys taking the extra time to educate patients about all the options to make their glasses last longer and maximize their enjoyment in their new style. She completed the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant program in 2018.

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Tawnya – Optometric Assistant (CCOA)

Tawnya joined the office in 2015 coming with from optometric receptionist background.  She completed the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant program in 2018. She is well versed in the latest optometric technology and her relaxed personality is perfect to connect with every patient. If you want to step outside your comfort zone, she’ll give you a truly honest opinion to a new fun style.

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Carolyn – Office Administrator

Carolyn is the backbone of the office. She is occasionally in the office but works behind the scenes ensuring the flow of the office is working efficiently.