Experienced Optometrist: Dr. Darren Hatchard B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Darren Hatchard B.Sc., O.D. was born in Red Deer, Alberta and raised in Singapore. After completing his undergraduate degree inVision Science and Forensic Chemistry at University of Central Oklahoma, he completed his Doctor of Optometry at Pacific University in Oregon. For eighteen years, he practiced full scope Optometry with treatment and management of ocular disease in the Cayman Islands prior to the legislation to do so in Canada. Dr. Hatchard is a current board member of the British Columbia Association of Optometry (BCAO). He also has opened British Columbia’s first exclusive dry eye treatment centre in Kelowna. In his time spent away from the office, he enjoys skiing, hiking, sailing and spending time with his family.
Experienced Optometrist: Dr. Ignacio Salvati Optometrist, M.D.
Dr. Ignacio Salvati Optometrist, M.D. (Argentina) was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After completing his Medical Degree at the University of Buenos Aires, he further continued his education through specializing in Ophthalmology at Churruca Visca Hospital. He was the recipient of a Literary Award at theArgentine Society of Ophthalmology Congress in 2007. In his time away from the office, Dr. Salvati enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Doreen Hackett, Licensed Optician
Born and raised in British Columbia, Doreen has spent 30 years in Optics, and has been a Licensed Optician since 1995, when licensing first came to BC. Doreen is well known for her unparalleled skills with trouble shooting and intricate adjustments, as well as extreme diligence in making sure clients always receive the best product for their needs. Doreen has volunteered her skills across both North and South America on various volunteer clinics assisting in providing vision to the less fortunate. She has worked within the community to deliver this passion to our locals as well. Doreen loves dogs and is known for always having fresh water and a cookie for the local pups walking the area. In her time away from the office, she likes camping, gardening, spending time with her family and of course, her animals.
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Why Eye Exams are Essential
A precise, detailed inspection of your visual system is the only dependable way to diagnose the early stages of many ocular diseases, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. These dangerous conditions typically remain symptomless until they progress to a later, more threatening stage. Once this happens, it is much harder to treat the diseases to prevent complications and future vision loss. Therefore, even if your vision prescription is current and you have no complaints, it’s critical to schedule routine comprehensive eye exams in Kelowna, BC.
What Happens During an Eye Exam?
Depending upon your personal health, age and vision condition, your customized eye exam may include:
- Preliminary evaluation of your ocular health and vision: our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to view your lens, cornea and inner eye tissues.
- Refraction exam: we will check your visual acuity and diagnose your detailed vision prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Dilated eye exam: to check your ocular health thoroughly. We will administer dilating eye drops and then high-powered magnification in order to inspect your optic nerve, retinal tissues and vitreous fluid.
- Tonometry: this quick and painless procedure measures the pressure of your inner eye fluid, which can indicate glaucoma.
How Often to have a Comprehensive Eye Exam
An annual eye exam is recommended for every patient.
Medical insurance across Canada offers a lot of assistance for many of us in Kelowna, BC. Eye exams, for example, children and seniors receive a partially covered annual eye exam. Even for adults between the ages of 19-64 can schedule a comprehensive eye exam and receive coverage and benefits every 2 years.
While not every medical insurance offers the same benefits, Optometry on Bernard’s team of eye care professionals can help review your medical insurance with you to determine your eligibility for coverage. For any eye-related medical conditions or eye emergency, you will receive some medical coverage from your insurance. Symptoms like burning, redness, eye pain, floaters and haloes or flashes can be treated by one of our eye doctors, and your medical insurance will help cover the costs.
When was your last comprehensive eye exam in Kelowna, BC? Contact us today to reserve an appointment for an eye exam for adults, geriatric eye exam, or pediatric eye exam!
BC Residents with MSP
Comprehensive Eye Exam 19-65 $130
Medical Necessary Eye Exam $110 (By doctors digression only)
Seniors Eye Exam $80
Youth Eye Exam 4-18 $20
Under 3yrs Eye Exam $0
Laser Post OP $50 (per eye)
BC Residents without MSP
Comprehensive Eye Exam 19-65 $130
Seniors Eye Exam $130
Youth Eye Exam 4-18 $70
Under 3yrs Eye Exam $50
We offer a wide selection of contact lenses including disposable soft contact, multifocal, toric, and colored lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses, check out our selection of lenses that fit your needs.
A good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.
We will determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs, the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you’ll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You can even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.
We follow up the initial fitting and then make any necessary changes in fit or materials to get you the best possible fit. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.
Contact Lens Fittings
New Contact Lens Wearer $50 (plus the Sphere/Toric/Multifocal fee)
We offer the following brands:
547 Bernard Ave, BC V1Y 6N9
Hours Tuesday to Friday 8am to 4pm (Closed for lunch 1-1:30pm Tues, Weds, Fri)