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Dr. Avila Cox B. Sc., OD.

Dr. Avila Cox


Dr Cox was born and grew up in Halifax. She attended Dalhousie University for four years where she completed an honours degree in Physics and Biology. Not feeling as though this was the right career path for her; she began to think more seriously about applying to Optometry school, something she had first become interested in while in High School.
After completing the Optometry program at the University of Waterloo she wanted to return to Nova Scotia so she could be close to family and friends. She was delighted to find out Drs. Mandelman and Dobson were looking for a third doctor and Avila joined their practice in September 1998.  She is thrilled to see how much the practice has grown since that time, resulting in a current total of 6 optometrists and a move to our beautiful facility on Duke Street in 2012.
Dr Cox is committed to providing exceptional optometric care to her patients as well as taking the time to get to know each individual and their eye care needs.  Her thorough and preventative approach to Optometry focuses on optimizing your vision today and ensuring that it lasts a lifetime.
Avila is the mother of 3 active boys.  Any free time is mainly spent on family activities such as camping, kayaking and boating.  She loves spending time each summer at the family cottage located on Porter's Lake, and visiting her in-laws farm in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.


Dr. Cox attended Dalhousie University from 1990-1994. She obtained her combined honours Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Physics & Biology, graduating with first class honours. She then enrolled in the University of Waterloo's four year Optometry program, obtaining her Doctor of Optometry (OD.) in May 1998.
She is dedicated to staying up to date on advances in Optometry.  She goes to regular continuing education seminars on a variety of optometric topics including eye disease, contact lenses, dry eye treatment, vision therapy and practice management.

Work History

Dr Cox worked at the Omni Eye Specialists referral center in Baltimore Maryland during her optometric training. The center employed five ophthalmologists, each with a different specialty-cataract/PRK, retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics and ocular immunology. She had the opportunity to observe several laser procedures and surgeries at this site.
Dr Cox began working as an associate at Bedford Eye Care in September 1998 and became a partner in January 2004.

Professional Involvement

Dr. Cox has been a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Optometry (NSAO) since 1998. Over the years she has been involved with the Low Vision and Practice Enhancement committees. More recently she chaired the AGM committee which plans the Association’s Annual General Meeting and Vision Expo.  To increase awareness of Optometry within the community Dr Cox has written articles for the Bedford-Sackville News, as well as the Seniors Advocate.