Optometrist Insights

Retinal detachment is a serious condition that can lead to blindness if it is not treated. Unfortunately, retinal detachment is painless and early signs can go undetected. This article identifies the signs, causes, and types of retinal detachment to create awareness of this condition, and...

Chronic headaches, a stiff neck, back and arm pain, ringing in the ears, transient loss of vision, and memory difficulties. These are common symptoms of many illnesses, but they may also be a sign of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). Intracranial hypertension is an increase of high...

The average Canadian spends between 5-7 hours a day staring at screens. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, we blink an average of 12 times per minute but when we're in front of the computer, we only blink 5 times per minute. This can...

Retinoblastoma is the most common form of cancer found in children under the age of 2. When changes or mutations in retinoblasts grow out of control, a tumor is formed resulting in retinoblastoma. Two Types of Retinoblastoma Each variant depends on when and where changes in the...

We often get asked at our Kelowna Optometry clinic, “if you wear glasses does it worsen your eyesight?” There are many common misconceptions when it comes to your eyes and your vision. We thought it would be a great idea to discuss this one specific...

When was the last time that you had a comprehensive eye exam? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long! At Sun Valley Optometry, we believe that you should have an eye examination test every 1-2 years depending on your risk level. We feel that your eye...

What is a cataract? We hear that word often and some people can spot a cataract, but what exactly is it? A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is located behind the iris and the pupil. It’s the leading cause of vision...

With allergy season in full swing, do you know how to get relief from allergies affecting the eyes? Many people seek help for symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and nasal congestion. But allergies also affect the eyes. Eye allergy symptoms include red, itchy, burning and...

If you find yourself in the position of needing eye care, you might be wondering whom you should book an appointment with: a Kelowna optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician? Whether your eyesight has degraded due to aging or you have an eye care emergency, understanding the capabilities...

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