Dr. Gerald S. Komarnicky has been with the Downtown Vancouver Optometry Clinic since 1985. Originally from Sarnia Ontario, Dr. Komarnicky graduated from Pacific University in Oregon with undergraduate degrees in Physics (1981) and Visual Science (1983) before getting his degree in Optometry (1985).
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (2000) and a member of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision – ISCEVS – (2015). Dr. Komarnicky has participated in five FDA studies, seven clinical studies and is the author of fourteen papers. He continues to be a contributing editor to a peer reviewed journal. Dr. Komarnicky was one of the early lecturers in Canada and the USA teaching both optometrists and ophthalmologists how to manage pre and post operative laser eye surgery patients. He was the only Canadian sitting with the twelve person American Society of Eye Care Specialists – a think tank of vision specialists from 2002 to 2017.
He has served two terms on council for the BC Association of Optometrists and Chaired the Greater Vancouver Optometrist’s Society. After serving a term on the Board of Examiners in Optometry he, in his second term, was the last Chair of the Board and then the first Chair of the College of Optometrists. Dr. Komarnicky played a leading role in repealing the Optometry Act, editing and finalizing the Bylaws of the profession and writing the Optometrist’s Regulations with the Ministry of Health thereby bringing optometry under the Health Professions Act.
As Chair of the Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee Dr. Komarnicky was the co-negotiator with the Legislative Branch of the Ministry of Health to define optometry’s scope of practice and each of the topical pharmaceuticals that optometrists are authorized to prescribe. He was the sole negotiator to define which anti-glaucoma agents an optometrist could prescribe and author of the Standards, Limits and Conditions of practice for Registrants of the College. His greatest clinical strengths are in communication and problem solving.