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Dr. Alexander Yowakim


Dr. Alex Yowakim graduated with Dean’s Honours from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. He received early acceptance into the program after only three years in undergraduate Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence. In his final year of studies, Dr. Yowakim completed an externship at the Tallahassee Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Florida, where he worked alongside eye surgeons and managed ocular diseases including cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, uveitis and macular degeneration. He is fully licensed to prescribe ocular therapeutics and is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Before joining our team at St. Lawrence Optometry, Dr. Yowakim practiced in Cornwall, ON treating diverse ocular pathology in a small-town setting. In his spare time, he enjoys many outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, volleyball and basketball. Dr. Yowakim grew up in the West Island of Montreal and is happy to serve patients in English or French. He welcomes new patients of all ages. His favourite local health care providers are Summit Physiotherapy and Kingston Dental Hygiene. His favourite frames in our frame galleries include Oakley and OGA.

Please be aware that if you normally have OHIP coverage, ODSP coverage or OW coverage for your eye exams, we are unable to schedule an appointment for you at this time due to the current Ontario Association of Optometrists job action. You can help by visiting which will let the Government of Ontario know that eye care is important to you and your family.

Our hours of operation have changed as we are currently seeing patients by appointment only for ALL visits (including glasses adjustments, etc). Please contact our office to book an appointment as needed.

We are continuing to follow health and safety guidelines as set out by the College of Optometrists of Ontario and the Government of Ontario.


Our office protocols have changed considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to our COVID-19 Building Entry Policy