• Phone: 250 494-9266
  • Fax: 250 494-4066
  • 13225 N Victoria Road,
    Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0

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BC medical covers a portion of your eye examination if you have underlying systemic disease, such as diabetes, or ocular disease including cataracts or glaucoma.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a degenerative process which disturbs this delicate, highly specialized tissue. It is linked to smoking, genetics, diet, light exposure and poor health. Untreated macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in those over 65 years old.

Age related macular degeneration is a potentially visually devastating disease that affects your central vision. Your prognosis depends on the form and severity of the disease as well as your risk factors.

As you age it is important to check your eyes for the presence of macular changes. There are vitamins, diet and lifestyle changes that you can make to change the course of macular degeneration.

What is the macula?

The macula of the eye refers to the small central area of the retina which is highly specialized to resolve detail. This tiny area is our 20/20 sweet spot which we need to see any small detail including reading a book or seeing detail on a person’s face.

Macular Degeneration

What are the symptoms?

Early macular degeneration is often asymptomatic and can only be detected through an eye examination. Early symptoms can include blurry, cloudy or distorted central vision. In advanced stages, central vision loss can be severe.

Once early macular degeneration is recognized, you should have your eyes examined every 6-12 months, depending on the severity. If you notice a sudden change to your central vision, it is very important that we see you right away.

What are the treatments?

While researchers have not yet discovered a cure for dry age-related macular degeneration, there are treatment options which prevent the disease from progressing to blindness. It’s important to have an open discussion with your eye doctor about the risks and limitations of the different treatments.

Wet macular degeneration is the more severe form of the disease. If this is detected during your examination you will be referred promptly to a retinal ophthalmologist. This is treated by the injection of a medication directly into the eye inhibit blood vessel growth.

Cataract Exam & Co-management

What is cataract and what are its causes?

A cataract is clouding that develops in the lens at the front of the eye. It is usually related to aging, but can also affect you at a much younger age.

Cataract progression is influenced by aging, genetics, UV/blue light exposure, trauma and non-optimal blood sugar levels.Cataracts are caused by a clouding in the crystalline lens of the eye which is located just behind the iris. A cataract generally causes a gradual decline in your vision causing your vision to become blurry and dim. However, some cataracts progress very rapidly as well.

Cataract Exam

How are cataracts detected and treated?

Cataracts are fairly easy to detect using a slit lamp evaluation during your comprehensive eye exam. When your cataracts are compromising your vision enough to significantly affect your day to day visual needs or are causing annoying glare and difficulty seeing at night, they are ready to come out. When your cataracts are ready to be removed, we will refer you to a local ophthalmologist for a surgical consult.

Ophthalmologists perform cataract extraction when they are ready to be removed. Cataracts are treated by small incision surgery in which your lens is replaced by an artificial lens. Although cataract surgery is usually successful, it is important to remember than it is not without risk.

Recovering from cataract extraction?

We will perform an eye examination about 6 weeks after your cataract surgery to determine your new prescription and ensure that there are no complications from the surgery.


What is glaucoma and how we can help you?

Glaucoma is a disease that causes irreversible damage the optic nerve of the eye, resulting in vision loss. It is often asymptomatic in the early stages, and only a comprehensive eye exam can determine if you have or are at risk for developing glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is key to having a successful outcome. Your optometrist will determine if you are at risk for glaucoma during your examination and may need to order additional specialized testing. Glaucoma is a complex disease, and baseline data is needed to monitor for progression over time.

At Summerland Optometry we have advanced technology to detect glaucoma at an early stage. To monitor our patients for glaucoma we measure their eye pressures, and their corneal thickness. We also obtain a detailed optic nerve scan (OCT), and test for peripheral vision loss (Visual field). OCT nerve scans and visual field testing are necessary for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.

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Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes and ocular health

Diabetes is a very common condition in our society. Unfortunately, it can put you at increased risk for developing many eye conditions including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts.

If you are diabetic you know and understand how important it is to control your blood sugar levels to ensure they are stable. Because diabetes is a vascular disease, it is very important for diabetics to have annual exams.

In a comprehensive eye exam, we will look closely at your retinal blood vessels which reflect the state of your capillary circulation in your entire body. The retina is the only place in the body where capillaries can be easily viewed. With wide field retinal imaging (Optomap) and cross-sectional macular scans (OCT), we can pick up early vascular anomalies and alert your medical physicians of our findings. In fact, when we see a diabetic for routine examination, we always send a report to your family doctor of our ocular findings.

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What is diabetic retinopathy?

If your diabetes is not optimally controlled or you have had the disease for many years, we often see diabetic retinopathy in your eyes. Blood vessels can leak blood and fluid into the eye and even grow new abnormal vessels. Diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent vision loss and often treatments are required.

What is macular edema?

Macular edema occurs when fluid accumulates at the macula from leaky blood vessels. Your macula is the central part of your retina responsible for central vision; therefore, damage to this area can be devastating. Macular edema is visualized on our cross-sectional macular scan (OCT). Referrals are often required to retinal ophthalmologists for treatment.

Flashes and Floaters

What am I seeing?

The sudden onset of flashes and floaters is a common reason why patients report for urgent evaluations. These ‘flashes and floaters’ can be a very normal part of your eyes’ aging process, but any new symptoms can indicate a problem and need to be assessed in a timely manner.

Flashes are odd perceptions of light usually in the side vision that seem to come out of nowhere. Floaters are shadowy forms that seem to drift in the vision. They are best observed when looking at a light background that has no detail such as a light wall or in dense fog.

Please call our clinic to schedule an appointment including pupil dilation and wide field retinal imaging.

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What is a Vitreous Detachment?

Flashes and floaters of acute onset are usually cause by an acute event called a vitreous detachment which is a normal age-related change.

A vitreous detachment occurs when the jelly in the back cavity of the eye, the vitreous gel, shrinks and separates from the retina. The vitreal gel can sometimes pull on the retina, and this traction lead to flashes of light. The floaters are seen when you can view the back of the vitreous gel.

When should I be seen?

If you experience any new symptoms of flashes or floaters you should have your eyes checked promptly. The tractional effect on the retina can cause a retinal tear and this needs to be treated ASAP. A retinal tear keeps progressing until treated with laser or surgery and can lead to a retinal detachment in worst case scenarios.

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13225 N Victoria Road
Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0;
Tel: 250 494-9266.


Summerland Optometry
13225 N Victoria Road
Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0
Tel: 250 494-9266

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This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) explains how we collect, use, disclose, and protect the personal information of our customers and Website users ("you"), describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide to us, and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. The Website is for general audiences and is not specifically targeted to or intended for use by children.

We will only use your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy unless otherwise required by applicable law. We take steps to ensure that the personal information that we collect about you is adequate, relevant, not excessive, and used for limited purposes. Privacy laws in Canada generally define "Personal Information" as any information about an identifiable individual, which includes information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person.

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What information we collect

We collect and use several types of information from and about you, including:

How we collect the information

Information You Provide to Us

The information we collect directly from you may include:

Information We Collect While You Interact With Us Through Cookies and Other Automatic Data Collection Technologies
Information We Collect About You From Third Parties

How we use your information

We use your information, including your Personal Information, to manage our business and to maintain and develop commercial relationships with you. We will collect, use, and disclose such information only to the extent that is necessary for those purposes.

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any Personal Information:

How we share your information

We will not rent or sell your information to third parties without your consent. We only share your data as specifically provided in this Privacy Policy.

Other Disclosures

In addition to any disclosure you may have consented to or permitted under the terms of this Privacy Policy, we may transfer your data, including Personal Information to third parties in the following limited circumstances:

  1. information you expressly consent to be shared;
  2. when relating to anonymized information (individuals cannot be identified by it);
  3. when you decide to make the information indexable by search engines, to share or to distribute the information to people or otherwise to make it available to the public;
  4. to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request within or outside your country of residence when we have a good faith belief that the law requires it;
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  6. to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or protect the operations or you;
  7. to protect our rights, property or safety as well as yours, the public, or others;
  8. in connection with an acquisition, merger, change in control, debt financing, reorganization, sales of assets, bankruptcy or other change of our corporate structure or status; or
  9. as necessary in connection with the performance of requested services or solutions, or as otherwise appropriate in connection with a legitimate need.

How we store and secure your information

Information Security

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality, integrity, availability and privacy of your Personal Information. We have put appropriate physical, technological and procedural security measures in place designed to help prevent your Personal Information from being lost, used, modified or accessed in an unauthorized way, or improperly disclosed. Examples of such measures include restricted access to offices, training of personnel, using passwords and well-defined internal policies and practices. We also use encryption technology and Secure Socket Layers ("SSL") in all areas of the Website where your personal account information is required.

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If you have any questions about securing your personal data, please contact us in accordance with the “How to Contact Us” section below.

Information Retention

We will retain your Personal Information for as long as it is needed:

  1. to provide the products and services that you have requested;
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  3. to manage your choices and rights you have exercised pursuant to this Privacy Policy;
  4. to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations and to demonstrate compliance,
  5. to resolve disputes and to enforce our rights and agreements.

We may retain non-personal information that has been sufficiently aggregated or anonymized for a longer period.

Once the retention period is over, we will dispose of your Personal Information as provided for in our internal data retention and disposal policy.

Where We Store Information

We use facilities operated by "Amazon Web Services" and located in Canada as our information storage and processing infrastructure. Our service providers can also, from time to time, store your Personal Information in accordance with purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us at 250 494-9266.