Our Doctors

Dr. Bruce Lidkea – Optometrist and Clinic Director


Dr. Bruce Lidkea was born and raised in Fort Frances. After Graduating Grade 13 at Fort Frances High School, he proceeded to earn his Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 1994.⁣

Dr. Lidkea’s training included a 4 month Ocular Disease rotation at the F.D.R. Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, New York and a 4 month Ocular Disease/Pediatric rotation at the White River Apache Reservation Public Health Service Hospital in White River, Arizona. He was also fortunate enough to be able to be a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange to the Alsace region of France in 1996. Upon graduation He joined the practice of his father, Dr. R Lidkea as an associate. He became a partner in 1997.⁣

During the Summer of 2004, He was made Adjunct Faculty of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry by supervising 4th year externs during their Primary Care clinical rotations. Lidkea Optometry has since become a sought after rotation for students due to the quality of education provided. We are very proud of having over 20 ‘Lidkea Optometry Extern Alumni’ scattered across Canada and the US. ⁣

His wife, Jennifer is a driving force behind the business operation of the Clinic. They have one son, Cameron, who was born on Dr. Lidkea’s Birthday in 1999 (best gift ever!) They also have a daughter, Piper who was born April 25th, 2006. He has been President of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce (1998).⁣

He is a former assistant coach for the FFHS Muskie Boys soccer program. He is also very involved with Bagpiping. Dr. Lidkea has been a member of the Fort Frances Highlanders Pipes and Drums since 1996 and has been Pipe Major (musical director) from 2001 to present. 

Dr. Bruce Lidkea held a seat on the boards of directors of The Ontario Association of Optometrists for 4 years. During this time he served as both the Education and the Advocacy Board Lead and was chairperson for the practice management initiative to develop a Staffing Manual template.⁣

Dr. Bruce Lidkea has had the privilege to lecture regionally, provincially and national on a variety of topics including practice management and the treatment and management of ocular disease.⁣

Dr. Bruce Lidkea was added to the faculty of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine - as Lidkea Optometry is a learning site for medical students doing their rotations through Riverside Health Care/Laverendrye Hospital.⁣


  • Certification in the Treatment & Management of Ocular Disease by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry.  
  • Certification in Nutrition and eye care by THE VISION INSTITUTE OF CANADA 
  • Certification in  Aboriginal Vision Health by THE VISION INSTITUTE OF CANADA
  • Certification in Advance Syntonics by The College of Syntonic Optometry
  • Memberships: Canadian Association of Optometrists, Ontario Association of Optometrists, College of Optometrists of Ontario, Vision Therapy Canada, College of Syntonic Optometry, International Sports Vision Association