Dr. Jessica Prendergast was born and raised in Sydney. She completed a four year Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology at Cape Breton University in 2013 before moving on to the Optometry program at University of Waterloo. She graduated in June of 2018, and was very pleased to move back home to Cape Breton to start her practice at Island EyeCare. Dr. Prendergast completed her four month Ocular Disease and Therapeutics Externship at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma where she was exposed to a variety of eye diseases. Most frequently, she treated patients with macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and Diabetic retinopathy. University has given Dr. Prendergast great opportunities to travel and experience different cultures. She was part of the founding chapter of the Global Medical Brigades volunteer group who travelled to Ghana, Africa in 2013 to offer free healthcare and education to a rural village in need. More recently, she was part of the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity group at University of Waterloo. This group of Optometry students travelled to Peru in 2016 to offer free eye exams and prescription glasses to a neighbourhood in need. During her training, Dr. Prendergast has earned certification to fit various types of contact lenses, including specialty rigid scleral lenses and soft lenses used in myopia control. In 2019, she attended the Alcon Experience Center in Fort Worth, Texas to get advanced training in multifocal contact lenses. She also feels lucky to be part of this practice, with its special interest in dry eye diagnosis and treatment – a growing issue for patients. Starting out with Island Eyecare as a new graduate, Dr. Prendergast looks forward to continuing to learn more and discovering new eyecare interests. Outside of Optometry, dancing has been a big part of Dr. Prendergast’s life from age 4 to 25, in styles like tap, jazz, and ballet. She also enjoys learning Cape Breton step dance, participating in local productions like The Nutcracker, camping in Inverness, and playing with her dog.