Dr. Jessica Chang was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology, at the University of British Columbia. She then continued her studies at Pacific University to complete her Doctorate of Optometry degree. Her externship sites during her optometry training included a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland, a large private clinic specializing in contact lenses, and an ophthalmology hospital at Wenzhou Medical College in China. This training has given her a wide variety of experiences in all sub-specialties of optometry. Dr. Jessica Chang graduated with distinction and was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an international optometric honour society.
In recent years, Dr. Jessica Chang has focused her training on dry eye disease management and attended the first Canadian Dry Eye Summit in Mississauga in 2018. She enjoys learning about the newest dry eye treatments and helping those who suffer from this growing problem. Dr. Chang is also a member of the American Academy of Myopia Control and is a certified orthokeratologist. She attended the Vision by Design conference in 2018, the largest myopia management and prevention meeting in North America.
During her optometric studies, Dr. Chang discovered a passion for community work and eyecare missions. She served as the screening coordinator for the National Optometric Student’s Association where she organized several community vision screenings at local health fairs and community centers to help detect eye problems and educate the public on the importance of routine eyecare. She also had the privilege of going on an eyecare mission to Ghana where she traveled to several villages to provide eyecare and dispensed donated glasses and medications to those in need. Her recent community work includes volunteering as an optometrist for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also joined Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) in November 2010 to provide eyecare in remote regions of Guatemala. Dr. Chang continues to enjoy volunteering as a speaker to educate the local Kerrisdale community about vision and eye health.
In her spare time, Dr. Chang enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler son in the beautiful outdoors that Vancouver provides, from the mountains to beaches.
Dr. Chang can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese and French.