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Welcome to Downtown Optometry Clinic!

Mission Statement & History

The Downtown Optometry Clinic is a vibrant provider of vision care to the people of Fredericton and the surrounding area.

Our optometrists and staff believe in complete patient care, and seek to put into practice the products and services necessary to show we value your vision. From eye health to the provision of high quality eye glasses and contact lenses, we strive to exceed our patients’ expectations with the goal of being a truly patient care based practice.


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Downtown Optometry Clinic has been operating continuously in Fredericton NB for over 60 years! Dr. Calvin Smith and Dr. Bronwyn Mulherin along with 2 Associate Optometrists, Dr, Amanda Bartlett and Dr, Jenna Etsell, provide comprehensive vision health care with a staff of six support staff.

Downtown Optometry Clinic has its origin with Dr. John Phelan who opened the practice in 1947. Dr. Calvin Smith took over in 1980, Dr. Mulherin joined in 2007, Dr. Bartlett in 2014 and most recently Dr. Etsell became part of the eye care team summer 2019. All of our optometrists are graduates of the University of Waterloo Doctor of Optometry and Vision Science Program in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Our Team

Team spirit, the constant search for innovative challenges and the devotion to product excellence make our team invaluable to our clients. Come by and discover their professionalism for yourself!

Dr. Bronwyn Mulherin
Dr. Bronwyn Mulherin


Dr. Calvin Smith
Dr. Calvin Smith

Associate Optometrist

Dr. Jenna Etsell
Dr. Jenna Etsell

Associate Optometrist

Dr. Amanda Bartlett
Dr. Amanda Bartlett

Associate Optometrist

Cynthia Lutes
Mitchell Feero

Manager/Licensed Optician

Cynthia Lutes
Natasha Wilson

Student Optician

Cynthia Lutes
Paula Mott

Optometric Assistant

Cynthia Lutes
Alicia Lowe

Optometric Assistant

Cynthia Lutes
Amanda Ashfield

Optometric Assistant

Cynthia Lutes
Cynthia Lutes

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Lutes
Melissa McKinney



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Our services

The health of your eyes and vision is our number one priority. Early diagnosis of eye diseases and visual disorders is key to preserving and enjoying the gift of sight. Our dedicated Eyecare team strives to provide the best possible vision performance through the highest quality of vision and eye health care, customer service, state of the art instrumentation and craftsmanship.

Optometric Services

  • Complete eye examinations for all ages, including eye health assessments.
  • Contact lens fitting and training.
  • Specialized contact lens fittings for astigmatism, multifocals, one day, extended wear, or sclerals
  • Red eye and urgent eye care.
  • Visual field testing.
  • Specialized testing as required.
  • Laser Vision Correction – Before and after care.


Optical Services

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s eyeglasses.
  • Prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.
  • Custom clip-on sunglasses.
  • Personalized eyeglass frame and lens selection and fitting in consultation with our optician.
  • Frame adjustments and repairs.
  • A huge selection of contact lenses are available through our office with a valid contact lens prescription.
  • Superior quality Crizal anti-reflective coatings.
  • Supplier of Varilux S progressive lens.


Make an appointment for a complete eye exam today! Call us at 506 454-4000.
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Vision INFO

Eye exam, how often?

It is never too early, or late, to have your first eye exam. 80% of all learning is visual. To reach your full potential, and help kids reach theirs, healthy eyes and comfortable, clear vision is vital. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following :

  • Between six and nine months : first eye exam;
  • Between the age of 2 and 5 years: at least one eye examination;
  • Between the age of 6 and 19 years : a complete eye exam once a year;
  • Between the age of 20 and 39 years: a complete eye examination every one to two years;
  • Between the age of 40 and 64: a complete eye exam every two years;
  • From 65 years old: a complete eye exam once a year.

A person's eye care needs are very case specific and so the above recommendations may not apply in all cases.

Contact Lenses

Having a proper contact lens consultation and fitting is the key to contact lens wearing success. There are contact lenses for almost all types of vision problems but only an eye care professional with proper training and experience can provide you with the right one for you. Seeing well is important, but the lenses also have to be safe, comfortable, and not impact on the long term health of your eyes. Our Optometrists have extensive training and expertise in all types of contact lenses and will be happy to answer any question you might have about vision correction with contact lenses.

Our Optometrists can also provide specialty contact lens fittings for keratoconus, severe dry eye, post corneal graft or transplant, among many other conditions.

LASER vision correction

Our optometrists are fully qualified to provide LASER vision correction consultations, as well as complete before and after surgical care. Consulting with your Optometrist is incredibly important before considering LASER vision correction. Two of our Optometrists have had LASER vision correction themselves!

Children's Vision

All children should have an eye exam before starting kindergarten. 80% of learning is visual which means that if a child's vision is blurry it is hard to learn. Studies show that approximately 1 in 4 children have a vision problem, BUT only 14% of school age children have had proper eye care! Undetected vision problems can lead to children being labelled as having behavioral or learning problems. Children usually do not realize or complain of vision difficulties - they just assume that their vision is normal. All children deserve to see well; seeing an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to ensure they do.



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Payment is required at time of pick-up. An order confirmation and invoice will be sent to you via email. Your contact lens prescription is valid for one year. If your prescription has expired we will contact you.

You can also call us at 506 454-4000 during regular office hours.

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Downtown Optometry Clinic Inc.

169 Dundonald Street Suite 3
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 1W7

Phone: 506 454-4000
Fax: 506 450-2662

Hours of operation:
Sunday: Closed
Monday to Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm