DR. RITESH PATEL

DIRECTOR OF OPTOMETRY

 

Some people grow up wanting to be a sports star or an astronaut or even the Prime Minister. My dream was to be an Optometrist. Yes, since I was a young child, I wanted to help people see their absolute best. My dream took me to train in a number of different places. Waterloo, Boston, Ohio, Kentucky, and even Germany. Yes, I’ve lived and practiced in all these places but my heart has always been in Toronto. My dream was to build something special and treat my patients to the best of my ability. I simply love what I do and am thankful to be able to share that passion with the patients I serve. Here’s a little bit more about myself.

 

Dr. Patel is an Optometrist in Toronto providing complete eye care services for the surrounding communities. Dr. Patel is a native of Toronto and grew up in the Markham area. After completing his Bachelor of Science in 2003 from the University of Waterloo, he went on to study at the prestigious New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA.

Once earning his Doctorate in 2007, Dr. Patel moved to Cincinnati, OH where he practiced for three years in a variety of settings – retail, surgical and private practice. He was also part of the medical team that performed examinations on the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team.

 

With intentions of always returning to his hometown, Dr. Patel moved back to Toronto in 2010 and became the Lead Optometrist of The Herzig Eye Institute. As Director of the Dry Eye Clinic, he was the first practitioner in North America to utilize the Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation device. His dream of owning his own practice led him to open See & Be Seen Eyecare in 2013.

 

Dr. Patel works hard to stay at the cutting-edge of the latest advances in eye health. He regularly attends continuing education seminars and as a leader in the optometric industry, has consulted for companies such as Allergan, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Bausch & Lomb and Tear Science. He is also a regular lecturer for the Ontario Pharmacy Association, as well as, the Ontario Medical Association. His work has enabled him to be featured in The Globe & Mail, CTV News and Zoomer Radio. It is because of Dr. Patel’s dedication to continuing education that our Toronto patients receive the most modern and progressive vision care available. We are proud to share that Dr. Patel has been voted among the Top 3 Optometrists in Toronto, in 2016 and 2017.

 

With a passion for using his skills to give back, Dr. Patel has participated in volunteer missions internationally with Optometry Giving Sight in India and VOSH in Nicaragua. He was on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Optometrists (OAO), and served as the Association’s Communication Chair. Dr. Patel, his wife and young daughter live in Liberty Village, Toronto. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to old school hip hop, exploring the city on his new bike, travelling and cheering on his beloved Toronto Raptors.

 

Schedule an appointment today and experience Dr Patel’s passion for your eye health in person!