Dr. Marilyn Wong, OD is privileged to be an associate of Dr. Farrah Sunderji after practicing optometry in downtown Calgary for many years. She is excited about providing eye care to her patients downtown where she can specialize in fitting multifocal contact lenses, prescribing computer and lifestyle eyeglasses, caring for dry eye, and remaining up to date on eye health technology.
Raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Dr. Marilyn graduated with a BSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, then attended the University of Waterloo in the Doctor of Optometry program. She worked with Drs. Joshua Josephson and Barbara Caffery in Toronto in their renowned contact lens practice, assisting with their contact lens studies and publications. After moving to Calgary she became the owner of two offices downtown and continued to work part time after having her three sons.
Dr. Marilyn now has three teenagers, and through parenting has come to value public education, languages, sport, and being involved in community work. “ My sons have all gone through late French Immersion and I served on their school councils and community associations for ten years. It was a tremendous amount of work but the rewards are greater than the time and work. After seeing the work that teachers and school administrators do? They are heroes to me.”
The role of fitness and sport in children and adults’ lives and the impact on health cannot be underestimated. Each of Dr. Marilyn’s sons has played hockey, high school football, rugby, basketball, in addition to participating in golf and skiing. “Sports teaches us with self-discipline, hard work, team work, as well as giving us better health and a strong sense of self esteem.”
Dr. Marilyn began figure skating ten years ago, and though she wanted to quit hundreds of times she didn’t, and is now having too much fun and learning more quickly. Her coaches help her understand the physics behind what she does as she learns new skills, learns to free skate and ice dance. She may become the oldest skater learning a double axel! Dr. Marilyn also runs, (very slowly), does weight training, and is starting spin and TRX classes.
Professionally, Dr. Marilyn has been proud to serve optometry on committees which allow optometrists to prescribe topical eye medications and co-manage glaucoma. She chaired the Calgary Society of Optometrists, volunteered with CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society) and served on the Calgary Health Advisory Council, a non-voting council to the Calgary Health Region Board. She earned her FAAO (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry), an international organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in clinical practice.
Optometrists in Alberta have recently been granted the privilege of increased scope of practice, including prescribing oral medications as well as ordering lab tests and ultrasound. “This exciting increase in clinical responsibility will add tremendously to our daily practice. Working alongside Dr. Sunderji and associates, we will use our clinical abilities to their very best to give our patients this care.”
“I believe in providing the utmost patient care, I listen, and I care. This means I will do whatever it takes to give my patients the best vision they can have, keeping up to date with clinical research on eye disease, contact lenses, health, eyeglass technology, and attending conferences. We can never stop learning. I promise to do my best for all my patients, for every one I have the honour to meet and help.”