Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin—known to most of her patients as Dr. Zie—is the lead optometrist of the Tucson Eye Institute, the eye care division of Head to Toe Healthcare PLC. She provides routine eye exams and treatment for a wide range of eye conditions, including acute eye pain, glaucoma, cataracts, and more.
Originally from Malaysia, she took an unconventional road to her current profession. Dr. Zie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, but after taking a job with Lenscrafters as an optometry tech during her senior year, she realized eyes were her true calling.
Dr. Zie moved to Chicago, enrolled at DePaul University for her prerequisite scientific coursework, and moved on to the Illinois College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree.
After graduating, she worked as an optometrist in Chicago for a time before moving to Arizona for the warm sun and laid-back vibes.