60 years is a long time. Over the years, we’ve helped children and adults see better, helped find the perfect pair of frames for thousands of great customers, and made a a positive impact on our local community.
Our practice was started by Cy Glover in the 1940s, who was later joined by Dr. Bill Owens. In the early 1960’s, Dr. Daryl Abraham joined Dr. Owens, and they practiced together for many years. Patients still recall climbing the long staircase to the “Owens and Abraham” office on Seymour Street.
In 1986, the practice moved to the medical-dental building on Nicola Street and 3rd Avenue’s corner. After 30 years in that location, Nicola Eye Care was bursting at the seams.
Our new office location opened in August 2016. With an additional 1000 square feet, we’ve had the opportunity to incorporate cutting-edge eye care technology into our practice. Patients with mobility challenges have easy access to our facilities through level-entry from the street with ample parking.
We can’t wait to see what the next 60 years bring us!
Health & Safety Are Our Priority
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate in today’s world, likely forever. Our promise to you is to always put the health and safety of our patients and staff first. We continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure that our patients and staff feel safe and remain healthy as we continue to provide the best service possible.
Our goal at Nicola Eye Care is to provide the highest level of eye care and eye care services to all of our patients each and every time. We offer the latest in eye care technology to our patients in order to maintain the highest standard in quality of care for our patients so we can protect our patients’ vision and eye health.
In Our Community
The Mustard Seed Kamloops
We work with The Mustard Seed Kamploops to provide eye care and vision correction for Kamloops residents looking to re-enter the workforce. We are proud to work with a strong community organization that works to bring new opportunities to our city!
Eye Care Technology That Sets the Diagnostic Standard
The world is ever-evolving with the adoption of increasingly-capable technology. In the world of eye care, we’ve seen incredible advancements in optical imaging and diagnostic equipment.
We have chosen to adopt these technologies and incorporate them into our office. Combined with decades of experience, we are confident that we provide comprehensive, patient-centric eye care for each of our patients.
Dr. Nicolas von Dehn BSc., OD graduated from Pacific University Optometry School in 1996 and has been with Nicola Eye Care ever since. He practices full scope optometry with specialties in orthokeratology and special needs children.
Dr. Rajesh Narang, Optometrist
Dr. Narang completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He then went on to study optometry at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 2004. Dr. Narang joined Nicola Eye Care in July, 2005.
He enjoys all areas of optometry, but takes a strong interest in diagnosing and treating eye disease. For patients not fluent in English, Dr. Narang can perform exams in Punjabi.
Dr. Ann Byard, Optometrist
Dr. Byard is originally from Southwestern Ontario. She has a diploma in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology. After working in computer graphics for several years, she returned to school and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1994. A love of the outdoors brought she and her husband to the west, and she joined the practice in Kamloops after graduation.
She is proud to be part of the smart, dedicated team at Nicola Eye Care and of the high quality of eye care we can provide. She loves interacting with patients every day, and developing relationships with them over the years. Dr. Byard says it is incredible to be a true multi-generational optometrist.
Dr. Byard feels so fortunate to have raised her two daughters in the amazing community of Kamloops. When she’s not in the office caring for our patients, you can find her out enjoying the many wonderful recreational activities available in Kamloops.
Dr. Stewart, Optometrist
Dr. Stewart completed her Bachelor of Science at Concordia University of Edmonton and then went on to The University of Waterloo School of Optometry where she graduated in 2021 (Dean’s Honours List). In both Edmonton and Waterloo, she played on the Varsity Basketball teams, which definitely made school a lot more fun! She moved to Kamloops with her partner, Phil, to join the practice, explore the outdoors, and enjoy the huge athletic community.
Dr. Stewart has a passion for delivering patient-centred care and developing relationships with patients to ensure that their well-being is at the centre of all health decisions. She is especially interested in ocular disease and helping rehabilitate and optimize vision for the partially sighted. Dr. Stewart is welcoming new patients and looking forward to building a life in Kamloops!
Dr. Preeti Minhas, Optometrist
Dr. Minhas grew up in Kamloops. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology at the University of British Columbia. She then moved to Boston to attend the New England College of Optometry, where she graduated with honours and was named class valedictorian.
Dr. Minhas completed her advanced clinical training in primary eye care, pediatrics, ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and brain injury rehabilitation. Throughout her training in Boston she had the opportunity to serve diverse patient populations at clinics such as Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital. She then spent a year in New York working in private practice before moving back to Canada.
In her spare time, Dr. Minhas enjoys hiking, being out on the water, travelling to new places, and trying new foods.
Sheri, Office Manager
Sheri has been part of the optical industry since 1993. She joined our team in 1998. In her spare time, you can find her at one of the local golf courses.
What is your favourite vacation location? Oahu, Hawaii
What is one item you never leave home without? My sunglasses!
Michelle , Dispenser
Michelle Dean has been in the optical industry for 30 years, with experience in both dispensing and manufacturing eyeglasses. Two years ago, she joined the Nicola Eye Care team, adding valuable expertise to our practice.
What is your favourite vacation spot? A few years ago, my family purchased property on Horse Lake in the Cariboo. It’s a beautiful spot to relax and recharge.
What is your idea of the perfect day? Spending time with my large family at Horse Lake. There is nothing like sitting on the dock soaking in the sun, then getting cozy by the campfire at night.
Though I have only been working in the optical industry for a brief time, I feel as if I have learned so much and have really found a passion for what I do at Nicola Eye Care.
What is your idea of a perfect day? On the weekend I enjoy going on a scenic hike with my friends.
What is the one thing you could never leave the house without? One thing I couldn’t leave the house without is a good pair of sunglasses.
Mandy came to us to fulfill her practicum for her Medical Office Assistant course through Sprott Shaw Community College. Six and a half years later, she has become an important part of our dispensing team.
What is your favourite meal? My favourite meal is brunch. It is the best of both worlds, breakfast and lunch. You can go sweet or savoury or both. It’s the perfect time of day, especially if you get buffet.
What is a song lyric that you sang incorrectly for years? For years, I thought the chorus to Eye of the Tiger was “the eye of the tiger, it’s the cream of the crop” until my co-worker pointed out that it was “the thrill of the fight.” Now we both sing it my way!
Nicky is a Mom of three daughters and two step-daughters as well as a Nana to two! She has been working in eyecare for sixteen years.
What is your favourite sport? Hiking and kayaking.
What advice would you give your younger self? Take your time and don’t grow up too fast!
Deanna, Optometric Assistant
Deanna enjoys bike riding, hiking, reading and spending time with her family.
Your idea of the perfect day? Any day I can spend outside in the sun.
Best piece of advice you were ever give? When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
Katie, Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant
Katie has been with Nicola Eye Care since 2016. You will find Katie snuggling at home with her kitty cat Sammy, going for walks downtown or playing video games. Born in Kelowna, she has lived here since 2011 and has no plans of leaving anytime soon! She will also be found flying around town with her boyfriend in his 1966 Citabria airplane!
What is your favourite vacation location? On a beach in Puerto Vallarta, preferably with a cold drink!
One thing most people don’t know about you? I was a drummer in high school for 6 years and was the lead in several musicals in my younger years! I love arts and drama!
Jacklynn, Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant
Jacklynn is a hardworking and dedicated team member of Nicola Eye Care. With a warm and friendly smile, she can be found throughout the office, anywhere from welcoming patients and scheduling appointments at the front desk to assisting the Optometrists by conducting preliminary vision testing prior to patient’s exams. Jacklynn will also be away on maternity leave and we couldn’t be happier for her!
Best advice for younger self (teenager): You tend to be shy, but try your best to overcome it. Take it a step at a time and continuously work at it. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will be painful at times but the benefits are everlasting!
What is your favourite hobby? When Jacklynn is not at the office you will find her baking up a storm in her kitchen. As a certified Journeyman Baker by trade, she loves spreading happiness and love through baking everything from cookies and squares to elaborate cakes. She gets the most requests for her flourless chocolate cake, which is delectably delicious!
Khloë started with us at Nicola Eye Care in August 2020. Khloë’s favorite season is Autumn, her favorite food is Cold Pizza, she loves the colour Green.
Something you may not know about Khloë is that she is a seasonal “scare-actor” during Halloween Events. Boo!
Best piece of advice you were ever given? Do something today that you’ll thank yourself for tomorrow.
Most recommended book? Slaughterhouse Five 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Barb, Optometric Assistant
Barb has just joined Nicola Eye Care in August 2021.Barb loves the outdoors and can usually be found hiking the hills of Kamloops with her dog Boone.
What is your favourite quote?
Die with memories – not dreams,
What is your favourite music?
Songs from the 1970’s because I’m old!
Emyrson, Optometric Assistant
Emyrson started with us at Nicola Eye Care in May 2021.
My favourite thing to do outside of work is spend time with my two year old Border collie Comet.
My favourite vacation location?
Cancun Mexico during winter.
Your idea of a perfect day?
Camping somewhere with a nice beach on a nice sunny summer day.
Outside of work, my favourite thing to do is play softball!I’ve played since kindergarten, it’s something I’m very passionate about.
Best thing you ever learned from a patient?
To never say I lied, to say I’ve made a mistake.
One item you never leave home without?
I love playing softball, and I never leave without my bag in my trunk.
Visit Us Today
You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!