Vision for Life

Dr. Estelle Saunders, Optometrist

Dr. Saunders joined Merivale Vision Care in 1991 and works from a holistic perspective, with the assumption that humans are a mind-body-spirit continuum. As a consequence of her studies in the integrative health field she teaches natural vision improvement influenced by the Bates Method, work of Meir Schneider, Elizabeth Abraham, Jacob Lieberman, et al.

She also offers reduced prescriptions to help stabilize and/or reduce myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia. These modalities aim to improve eye health and facilitate efficient, stress-free vision at all distances and under almost all lighting conditions. She addresses issues of dry eye, suggests alternative interventions for cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other eye conditions. Dr. Saunders is originally from South Africa where she studied and practiced optometry, but has been living in Canada since 1981. She graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1986. She enjoys the diversity of patients she has the opportunity to see working in primary eye care. In her spare time, Dr. Saunders enjoys yoga, meditation, Qi-gong, hiking, travel and gardening. Estelle is pleased to work collaboratively with other health care professionals.

Services Offered

Holistic Wellness Eye & Vision Exams

This type of comprehensive exam goes beyond providing a prescription for your glasses. Dr Saunders will assess the health of your eyes using the latest digital technology such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) that includes retinal photography.

Prevention and reduction of destructive eye conditions is our aim.

Dr Saunders offers lifestyle coaching for eye and visual well-being. This includes recommendations in nutrition, natural vision improvement through dynamic relaxation and movement, exercise, mindfulness and vision therapy.

Vision Therapy

Dr. Saunders offers comprehensive binocular vision, and visual-perceptual assessments. Our vision therapy programs are beneficial for issues with focusing, eye-tracking, reading, visual-perception, vision-related learning disabilities, strabismus (turned eye), and amblyopia (lazy eye). Patients dealing with the aftermath of accidental brain injury with vision disturbances frequently benefit from this work.

Syntonic Light Therapy

Coming soon! Improve eye health, reduce visual stress e.g. in cases of PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), facilitate learning and overall wellbeing.

Drop us a line


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


(613) 226-8446


Merivale Optometic Centre: info@merivale.net
Estelle Saunders: insight.naturally@gmail.com