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Meet the Staff: Tanner, Our Extern!

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Meet Tanner as he is leaving us! We are happy to be preceptors for optometry students and our patients enjoy them, too.

Name: Tanner A.

Company Role: Optometric Intern

Favorite quote: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books? Stuff you should know, Forgotten Realms series (R.A Salvator), The Riftwar Saga (Raymond E Feist)

What is something that people in your role must deal with that you want to fix?

Amblyopia is a specific eye condition that I would like to reduce as much as possible in the community. Amblyopia is a developmental condition in which a child fails to learn to use both their eyes at the same time. It often occurs when a child needs glasses, but the need goes unnoticed. It can usually be treated with glasses or eye patches, but if amblyopia is left untreated during someone’s childhood, it can permanently reduce visual abilities. I am very passionate about it because it can be prevented with routine vision exams in children.

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry?

I perform eye examinations on patients under the guidance of the certified

Optometrists at Valley Vision.

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position?

I graduated from the University of Alberta after a 4-year undergraduate program with a chemistry major, business minor, and I am in my 4th year of optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry?

I was attracted to Valley Vision as it offered an opportunity to learn how Optometry is practiced in Canada and because of all the great reviews I heard from other students that had gone through the rotation site.

What’s your background?

My background is specialized in vision therapy, pediatric vision care and neurorehabilitation. I also have experience volunteering at Outreach events providing vision care to underserved communities in the Portland area.

What are the values that drive you?

The values that drive me are hard work, respect, honesty, and compassion.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?

Be prepared for a busy day filled with smiles, hard work, and a commitment to providing the best vision care possible.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

The most inspiring part of my job is helping others get their best vision possible and maintaining their visual health.

Fun Facts!

  • If I could invent a holiday, it would be on every Federal, Provincial and Municipal election day.
  • When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a Power Ranger when I grew up.
  • I enjoy hiking, sports, video games, and spending time with family and friends in my spare time.

 Why a New Pair of Glasses Is NOT the Best Holiday Gift for Your Child

girl hugging her present 3154363If your child is nearsighted (myopic), it may seem like a great idea to get him or her a new pair of glasses. They will surely improve how well your child sees but, unfortunately, will do nothing to slow myopia progression. You can offer your child MUCH more than a pair of specs — something that will ensure long term vision health care and quality of life: Myopia Management.

Myopia Management is made up of several treatments designed to slow down how quickly myopia, or shortsightedness, progresses. In other words, their prescription will remain the same as they grow older. The treatments include uniquely designed multifocal contact lenses, atropine eye drops, and orthokeratology (“ortho-k”). Evidence suggests that myopia management can reduce the progression of myopia by up to 60% after two years of treatment.

What Makes Myopia Management An Excellent Gift?

Currently, myopia is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss and legal blindness.

As a child quickly develops and their nearsighted vision worsens, the child is at a higher risk of developing dangerous eye diseases later in life, such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

To thwart any of these sight-robbing conditions, Everlook offers evidence-based treatment to prevent the onset or reduce the progression of myopia in our pediatric patients.

Myopia management enables your child to experience a more mild form of myopia than he or she would have otherwise had without treatment. Having mild-degree myopia means that your child’s likelihood of developing retinal detachment or macular degeneration is dramatically reduced.

So why don’t you make this holiday gift a particularly special one by protecting your child’s precious gift of sight. And the best part? It will pay off well after the holidays are over.

On behalf of Dr. Shaun Golemba and the staff at Everlook in Vancouver Island, we’d like to wish you all the best for the holiday season and the New Year!

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woman holding eyeIs It Eye Allergies or Dry Eyes?

Eye Allergy and Dry Eye symptoms tend to be very similar. They both include redness, itchiness, tearing, and a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes.


Is it really an allergic reaction, or could it be Dry Eyes? Before running to the pharmacy for some antihistamines, it would be worth digging into the cause of these reactions in order to assure that you’re choosing the right treatment option.

If you’ve been using artificial tears, prescription allergy medication, or other over the counter medicine to relieve the itchy, dry feeling, but see no improvement— it may be worth visiting the Dry Eye Center At Valley Vision Optometry and speaking with Dr. Shaun Golemba, who can provide a diagnosis and solution for your condition.

What’s the Difference Between Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes?

Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when the eyes react to elements that irritate them (allergens). One can develop eye allergies from pet dander, dust, pollen, smoke, perfumes, or even certain foods. To fight off the allergen, the eyes produce a substance called histamine, which causes the eyelids to become red, swollen and itchy — and at times to tear and burn. Those with eye allergies tend to experience nasal allergies as well, which include an itchy, stuffy nose, along with frequent sneezing.

People with Dry Eyes suffer from eyes that feel dry, itchy, swollen, irritated, and at times very painful. Dry eye syndrome can be developed as a result of genetics, age, environment, lifestyle, medications, and the overall health of your eyes. When one has dry eyes, the eyes are either not producing enough tears to keep your eye lubricated, or the tears are not composed of the correct balance of water, lipids, and mucous to maintain proper lubrication.

How Are Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes Treated?

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Eye allergies can be treated using artificial tears, medicated eye drops, decongestants, antihistamines, or anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on your specific case, Dr. Shaun Golemba may recommend a combination of treatments.

However, if it is determined that you have dry eyes, Dr. Shaun Golemba may suggest artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to alleviate the discomfort, and in some cases, may even prescribe drops or steroids. For patients with more acute cases of dry eyes, the doctor might suggest alternative treatment options, such as LipiFlow, True Tear, TearCare or scleral lenses.

If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, speak with , who will examine and thoroughly assess the source of these reactions, determine whether they are caused by allergies or Dry Eyes, and provide the right treatment.

The Dry Eye Center At Valley Vision Optometry services patients from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Kootenay’s, and throughout British Columbia.

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Spring Dry Eyes

woman applying eyedroppers, close upSpring is a time of renewal, when the harsh winter is just a memory and the outdoors seem to beckon us to go outside. While spring may be in the air, so are allergens. Allergies during the spring season can cause dry eyes and have a particularly severe effect on people with Dry Eye Syndrome.

During the spring months, pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust can be found in the air. These airborne allergens can trigger uncomfortable reactions like itchy, red, and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and sinus congestion. At The Practice Name Dry Eye Center, we can offer you long-term relief for your seasonal dry eyes.

How Do The Seasons Affect Dry Eyes?

Although certain people with sensitivities to allergens may be more prone to allergic reactions, the seasons of the year can trigger these responses, too. In the winter, for instance, dry eyes can develop in people who live in climates with a lot of dry, cold air or strong winds. Sitting in direct aim of a heater may feel wonderful when it’s cold, but it can also dry out the eyes. In the summer when the heat is intense and people run their air conditioning systems regularly, dry eyes can develop from being in the direction of cold air.

A 5-year study found that 21% of the 3.4 million visits to an eye doctor during that time were related to dry eyes. Each year, there was a peak during April, proving that there is a likely correlation between allergens and dry eye cases.

Common Symptoms Of Seasonal Dry Eyes

The most common symptoms of dry eyes in the spring are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Burning
  • Gritty feeling
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Watery eyes

It may seem odd, but watery eyes are a frequent symptom of dry eyes. It’s the body’s way of trying to self-heal the dryness by releasing excess tears, a condition called Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS). This condition gives some relief, but because these tears contain an inadequate amount of water, the relief is temporary and more long-lasting options are needed.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with The Practice Name Dry Eye Center. We have the knowledge, years of experience, latest technologies, and effective solutions to give you relief for your dry eyes this spring season.

Relief For Dry Eyes In The Springtime

Close up of blue eyeDry Eye Doctor Name treats patients from all over CITY 1, State who are suffering from seasonal dry eyes. Depending on your specific case and the intensity of your symptoms, the doctor may recommend daily artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to alleviate the pain. These can stimulate your eye’s natural tear production to moisturize the eyes and provide comfort. In some cases, prescription drops or steroids can produce similar results.

For patients with severe types of dry eyes, the doctor may talk to you about punctual plugs. These are tiny devices that are inserted inside the tear duct. They block your tears from draining out, which forces them to stay in your eye, coating and moisturizing the area.

Have you heard about scleral lenses? These are contact lenses that are made from rigid materials and contain a tiny pool of water, which provides moisture to dry eyes. Scleral lenses have a large diameter that covers the entire sclera (white part of the eye) without touching the cornea, so they can fit more comfortably. Because each person’s eye is unique, scleral lenses must be custom-fitted for each patient.

When It’s More Than Allergies

If your symptoms persist long after spring is over, and especially if they worsen, this may indicate signs of a more serious eye condition.

Examples can include any of the following:

  • Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal Abrasions
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Styes (an oil gland infection that causes a bump in the eyelid

We hope you take the time to enjoy this spring season. Should you experience any visual discomfort or are naturally prone to dry eyes, contact Dry Eye Doctor Name and the caring staff at The Practice Name Dry Eye Center. We’ll examine your eyes and discuss your personal needs to create an action plan that’s right for you.

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A Warm Welcome to Noubar Kara-Yakoubian

Noubar grew up in Syria and moved to Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, in his adolescent years. He was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program in high school and continued his education at McMaster University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. He is currently in his final year at the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo.

His previous job experiences range from painting, fast food, construction, factory labor, research, and clinical assistance. In his spare time, Noubar enjoys boxing, sketching, and playing the piano. He is very excited to visit Vancouver Island and enjoy all it has to offer.

He will be practicing alongside Dr. Golemba, as an extern this Spring/summer and is committed to providing the best eye care experience for you. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call (250) 724-0933.

Our Fall Frame Sale

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Our Fall Frame Sale is taking place this Thursday, October 18th from 8:30am to 6pm. We’ll be showcasing hundreds of designer frames. There will be something for everyone…from traditional and practical to unique and elegant. Come try on our large selection of Women’s, Men’s and children’s frames. One Day Only..50% off all  Trunk Show frames.

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