Dr. William Clarke Merivale Vision Care

Dr. William Clarke, Optometrist

Dr. Clarke graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Optometry degree in 1992. He moved to Ottawa soon after he graduated and has been providing comprehensive vision care in our community ever since. Dr. Clarke is a huge sports fan and has been extremely active in the area of sports vision both on a volunteer basis at the Special Olympics world games and locally working with the Ottawa Senators, the Ottawa 67s, and Ottawa Rough Riders and Renegades. He is a member of the International Sports Vision Academy, and the American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section. Dr. Clarke has coached and sponsors the South End Minor Hockey Association, and the South Ottawa Little League. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.

Services Offered

Comprehensive Eye Care

Comprehensive Eye Care involves a complete and detailed examination and treatment of your visual ability and refraction, your binocular vision, your eye health and will include:

  • A thorough review of your health and vision history
  • Visual acuity examination
  • Binocular vision examination
  • Refraction (test for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia)
  • Measurement of eye pressure, IOPs -intraocular pressures which are used to evaluate and treat patients at risk or with glaucoma
  • An Ocular health examination which includes retinal imaging, OCT -optical coherence tomography of central retina and / or optic nerve
  • Complete spectacle and /or contact lens therapy that's right for you, your work and active lifestyle

Early intervention and treatment gives a person the best possible chance of maintaining good vision. A comprehensive eye examination not only reveals the health of your eyes, but can also be an indicator of your overall health.

We will work together, it's Dr. Clarke’s privilege to give you the best possible care

Sports Vision

Vision leads our movements, our body.

Vision allows us to start, to anticipate, and react to our environment on the ice, the court, and on the field of play.

A Sports Vision Profile assesses an athlete's vision, eye-hand and eye-body co ordination, reaction - response times, central and peripheral recognition and balance.

Results help identify deficiencies in an athlete's visual abilities and a vision training program that is sports specific can develop and enhance their training (fitness, nutrition, instruction)to improve their overall performance.

Give the athlete an edge over their competition!

Traumatic Brain Injury

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a concussion, is the result of direct injury to the head, or from whiplash. This can lead to visual and / or binocular vision dysfunction(s).

A person suffering a TBI will describe symptoms such as : headaches, double vision, objects appearing to move, poor concentration and short attention span, light sensitivity, visual fatigue, their balance and/or co ordination is off, prone to "staring", a physical change in posture, and their current prescription doesn't work. Any, or all of these symptoms indicate Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome (PTVS).

After emergency medical needs are meet, a person with PTVS needs a neuro-optometric examination to establish a thorough case history and assess their ocular health, vision, sensory-motor function, refraction, brain-motor function, and visual field of vision.

Dr. Clarke works with other health care providers: neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors. Together, working in the best interest of the person whom has sustained Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome after suffering a TBI, Dr. Clarke will develop a rehabilitation program to help influence and maximize potential for each individual.

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