Dr. Mona Purba, BSc, OD
Dr. Mona Purba originally joined Gimbel Eye Centre in 1992 as an associate optometrist. A big part of her job at that time was to assist in creating a close clinical relationship between optometry and ophthalmology at Gimbel Eye Centre. Since that time, optometrists have become an important part of Gimbel Eye Centre’s professional services.
Dr. Purba received her BSc from the University of Calgary with majors in Animal Biology and Psychology. She graduated from the Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Oklahoma and practiced optometry in Calgary before joining Gimbel Eye Centre.
Currently, Dr. Purba works directly with patients in the Refractive Care TrackTM. As part of a team of specialists, she helps assess candidates before surgery and then monitors their progress after surgery. In addition, she provides expertise in special cases, such as fitting therapeutic contact lenses.
Since optometrists are primary eye care specialists, dealing with most aspects of eye health and refractive needs, Dr. Purba brings an important dimension to the refractive surgery team. One of her major roles is to act as a liaison between ophthalmologists and optometrists. Of this responsibility, Dr. Purba says, “The opportunity to work with other health care professionals in an integrated setting is extremely rewarding.” She is also pleased to liase with optometrists in many parts of Canada who are providing before and after surgery care of refractive surgery patients in their own cities.
Dr. Purba has a personal commitment to serving her profession. She served two terms as a Council member of the Alberta College of Optometrists and as Director of Registration and Ethics and is currently chair of the Registration Committee. For the past several years, she has been a clinical assessor of new graduates with the Canadian Examiners in Optometry. Her extensive experience with refractive surgery patients makes her a popular speaker at optometric and technical meetings where she has given numerous presentations.
Dr. Purba and her family like to travel and enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits such as golfing and skiing. Gourmet cooking is also one of their hobbies.