Dr. Ashley Chiasson was born and raised in Sydney, NS. From a young age, she knew she wanted to pursue a career as an optometrist. She needed glasses from a young age which changed the way she seen the world and she knew she wanted to help others in the same way. In order to achieve her dream, she spent many years volunteering and working as a clinical assistant in various optometry clinics across Canada to gain experience in the field.
In 2008, Dr. Chiasson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University where she majored in chemistry. Soon after completing her undergraduate degree, she started her optometry degree in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom. Here, she completed a thesis in stem cell research and how they can be used to treat many eye conditions. In 2013, she graduated with honours from Cardiff University, a member of the Russell Group for intensive research.
As a new graduate, Dr. Chiasson spent the following pre-registration year working in London, England where she was employed at VisionCare Medical Eye Centre including their Barnet and Harley Street locations. Here, she took an interest in common eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. She also took a special interest in pediatrics, myopia control, and specialty contact lenses including orthokeratology. During this time, she completed clinical rotations at Bristol and Moorfields Eye Hospitals were she specialised in glaucoma clinics, emergency eye trauma, and shadowing many specialised eye procedures and eye surgeries.
Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Chiasson commenced working in the Annapolis Valley for four years before returning home to Cape Breton. She is a member of the Nova Scotia College of Optometrists and the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists where she involved in the Community Outreach Program which provides eye examinations and eyewear to those in need.
Dr. Chiasson is ecstatic to be back home and practicing at Island Eye Care. Her passion, knowledge and dedication will ensure personalized vision care with individualized service for our patients. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys hiking, travelling, and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog. She feels so grateful to be surrounded by the beauty of the Cape Breton Island and loves exploring the hidden gems it has to offer. She looks forward to serving her community care for many years to come.