Your Eye Health Matters
Eye care is about managing what you can and can’t see about your eyes.
Using modern techniques and practices, our team takes a detailed look at your eye health to search for signs of eye diseases and conditions that could affect your vision. Our compassionate approach can help you understand more about your eyes and what you may need to preserve your vision.
Start your eye care journey today with Rutland’s home of eye care, Rutland Optometry.
How We Can Help
Regular comprehensive eye exams are the key to detecting eye diseases and conditions before they affect your vision. Many of these issues may develop without any noticeable symptoms, so it’s up to our team to use modern eye care technology to spot these issues.
Some of the tools we use include:
- Fundus photography and optical coherence tomography for detecting issues that affect the retina, like age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.
- Non-contact tonometry and Goldmann applanation tonometry for measuring your intraocular pressure levels and detecting diseases like glaucoma.
Please let us know if you have any questions about our technology and how we may use them during your eye exam. We want your eye exam to be as relaxing as it is comprehensive, so we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Everybody’s eye health is different, but there are a few different common eye diseases we may look for during your eye exam.
We’ll confirm your personal, family, and eye health history during the exam to help us orientate the eye exam to best suit your needs. As you age, you may have a higher chance of developing an eye disease, so we recommend having regular eye exams every 2 years until you’re 65, and annually after that.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve. Most types of glaucoma affect the optic nerve by raising your intraocular pressure (IOP). However, other types of glaucoma can develop without changing your IOP levels.
The most common versions of glaucoma are:
- Open-angle glaucoma, which occurs when your IOP levels rise, but your eye’s drainage angle remains open. Open-angle glaucoma usually occurs slowly, and you may not notice symptoms until you’ve already experienced permanent vision loss.
- Angle-closure glaucoma, which occurs when your IOP levels rise after your drainage angle closes. Angle-closure glaucoma can lead to sudden symptoms like eye pain, nausea, redness, and vision loss. We consider this situation as an eye emergency that requires immediate attention.
- Normal-tension glaucoma, which is a unique version of glaucoma that affects your optic nerve without raising your IOP levels. However, it’s possible to detect normal-tension glaucoma by observing your optic nerve during an eye exam.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common eye diseases affecting adults over 55. This disease affects the macula, a part of your retina responsible for providing your central vision.
As the macula deteriorates, it can impair your ability to read, drive, see fine details, and recognize faces. There are 2 types of AMD:
- Dry AMD, which slowly thins the macula as you age. Some research suggests that yellowish deposits of lipids known as drusen can develop under your macula as you age, leading to AMD symptoms.
- Wet AMD, which is less common than dry AMD, but is responsible for 90% of all AMD-related vision loss. Wet AMD can occur when abnormal blood vessels develop and leak fluids into your macula as you age.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Please visit our Diabetic Eye Exams page for more information on diabetes and how it can affect your eye health.
Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions around the globe and a leading cause of blindness. As you grow older, your eye’s clear crystalline lens becomes more rigid, causing it to develop a hazy, milky colour that could affect the quality of your vision.
Our office is conveniently located minutes from Highway 93 on Highway 33, in the heart of Rutland. Find us inside Willow Park Mall, with ample parking just outside our doors.
- 3-590 Hwy 33 W
- Kelowna, BC V1X 6A8
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
WE DIRECT BILL
Wayne Keuhl opens Rutland Optical to serve the community
Gary Rogers purchases Rutland Optical and establishes a reputation within the community
Carol Friesen follows in her father’s footsteps and continues the family business
Bobbi Story purchases Rutland Optical and takes it to new heights
Sunil Parekh transforms Rutland Optical into Rutland Optometrty