Advanced technology to achieve early detection and diagnosis.


As we age, our bodies begin to slow down. When it comes to our eyes, this usually means a drop in visual acuity and an increased risk of ocular disease such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts.

At Nicola Eye Care, we invest in the finest eye examination equipment available to ensure that even the faintest traces of eye disease can be observed and quantified, allowing our doctors to diagnose conditions at their earliest stage.

Eyesight lost to AMD is permanent, so early detection is vital for protecting your long-term vision. Make a booking for a comprehensive eye health exam today if it’s been more than a year since your last appointment.


Zeiss Cirrus HD – Optical Coherence Tomography

Optomap Retinal Imaging

Amsler Grid

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There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. However, vision loss also does not usually occur overnight, but rather is most often a gradual process which causes a slow decline in central vision. It does not cause total blindness, but can obscure your central eyesight to the point of low vision.

What we can do is offer referral for specialised treatment (including anti-VEGF therapy in some cases) to slow progression and limit the impact of the disease. Some dietary changes have been shown to significantly slow down macular degeneration. The earlier we diagnose, the quicker we can look at management options for the disease and the longer you will live with quality vision.

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Late Detection is Better than No Detection at All

Even if your central vision is substantially affected, we can work with you to introduce visual aids and devices to improve your quality of life at home. Day-to-day tasks like reading, watching TV or surfing the net – which may be impossible under normal circumstances – can become part of your life again.

It’s never too late to act on AMD, so make sure you keep attending your annual eye exams, and feel free to contact our practice if you have any questions or would like more information about macular degeneration.

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Cure your cataracts with the latest in technology.


A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. Over time, it can block the passage of light to the nerve layer (retina) at the back of the eye, leading to obscured vision in the affected eye.

Cataracts can form at any age, but are more common as we get older. They can also occur after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes. Advances in technology mean cataracts can now permanently be removed through a simple, extremely safe surgery

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What is the Purpose of a Cataract Exam?

Your doctor will review your medical history and perform a series of tests to evaluate your visual acuity and ocular health. Combined, this will not only confirm the diagnosis, but also quantify the degree and impact of the cataract.

By assessing your eye health, we can determine if there are any other issues. If you suffer from a chronic eye disease like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma, have had previous eye surgery, have certain medical conditions, or take certain medications, surgery may pose extra complications.

If all else is well and the cataract is obscuring your vision to the extent that your work or day-to-day life is affected, we will recommend removal and arrange referral to a cataract surgeon on your behalf.


The success rate for cataract is over 95%, thanks to its extensive practice and its highly refined procedure. We will refer you to a surgeon who is very qualified and experienced, so you’re in safe hands, and will work with your surgeon to provide you with top quality before and after surgery care.

How Does The Procedure Work?


Who Is A Candidate For Surgery?

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Removing the cataract allows you to see in full, without a muted, opaque layer in your eye. However, you may still require vision correction for some distances in one or both eyes following the procedure. We stock over a thousand different frames in our practice, so you won’t be short of choice. See our optical brands

We can also calculate your prescription and cut brand new lenses in our on-site optical lab, so you’ll have clear, sharp vision in the end.

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Don’t lock yourself away—deal with it.


Conjunctivitis has a reputation for being an extremely contagious disease – did you know that there are 3 forms of the condition, of which two are quite contagious?

It’s important to get a professional consultation, since self-diagnosis can lead to a treatment regime which does more harm than good. Book an appointment today and benefit from one of our hour-long eye health exams as well as testing that is tailored to confirming the type and severity of your condition.

If you or your child exhibits serious, fast-onset symptoms, consider arranging an emergency eye appointment rather than starting a self-diagnosed treatment plan.

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The membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the surface of your eye is called the conjunctiva. When this gets infected, or irritated, by an external stimulus (like a foreign bacteria or virus) it can become inflamed, red, itchy and even swollen. A full list of probable symptoms is as follows:

  • Itchiness and inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive tearing
  • Watery discharge (viral conjunctivitis) or thick, yellow discharge (for bacterial cases)
  • A persistent burning sensation
  • Intermittent blurred vision
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Can I Avoid It?

There are 3 types of conjunctivitis: bacterial, viral and allergic. The only form you can truly “avoid” is the allergic type, if you have known allergies (such as pollen) and can actively avoid spores. For the others, good personal hygiene will help, but there’s not much you can do when exposed to the pathogen involved.

Conjunctivitis is very common among schoolchildren, where outbreaks can spread around entire classrooms in a matter of days. If you hear news of an outbreak at school, it may be advisable to review proper handwashing techniques with your kids and monitor them closely for the signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis.





How Serious Is The Condition?

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Understanding flashes & floaters.


Floaters (or “spots”) affect a huge number of Canadians, though they are more prominent in older individuals. They are the small, semi-transparent squiggles or specks which float around your vision. They’re completely natural, and you’ve probably noticed them when looking in a mirror or at another bright surface.

Flashes, on the other hand, are disruptions to your vision caused by trauma or impact on the optic nerve. Often indicative of an underlying problem, they are frequently referred to as “seeing stars”.

If you notice floaters or experience flashes for the first time, arrange an appointment for a full eye health exam – vision problems can follow swiftly, so this is important.


Inside your eyeball, between the cornea and the retina, is an expanse of gel-like substance called the vitreous. Over time, the water elements in the vitreous molecules break down, transforming the gel into a more liquid state.

This change also introduces minute particles which simply float around in the liquid.

Are Floaters Dangerous?

Can They Be Removed?


Flashes are a little different. When light passes the cornea and lands on the retina, it is transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve. Flashes are the visual result of any trauma or impact to the optic nerve.

Are They Dangerous?

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Dealing with the silent thief of sight.


For diseases which have no cure, early diagnosis and proactive management are critical to retaining a useful amount of vision. Glaucoma quietly steals away your peripheral vision, without any pain, and if left untreated, can cause severe tunnel vision or total blindness.

Despite the lack of a cure, it is possible in many cases to slow progression, minimise associated symptoms and maintain a high standard of independent living.

Been more than a year since your last eye exam? Arrange an eye health exam today so we can screen for glaucoma, as well as any other vision-threatening diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration.

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The silent, hidden nature of glaucoma is why we recommend all patients have an eye exam at least every 24 months (preferably annually).

However, if you’ve noticed any problems with your peripheral vision – like vehicles or cyclists suddenly appearing at a junction while driving – then you need to come in for an appointment.


At Nicola Eye Care we only use and maintain the most advanced and diagnostically powerful equipment available. During testing your doctor will:

  • Assess your ocular health, particularly the inner eye
  • Evaluate your visual field
  • Confirm the type and severity of glaucoma


Ocular Coherence Tomography

Visual Field Exam

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Glaucoma only targets your peripheral, so without any other undesirable conditions your central vision should remain quite clear. Even if this area is very narrow, it will be sufficient for reading and similar tasks, though driving and some types of work could become infeasible.

Whether it’s through attempting treatments, giving advice or helping to identify lifestyle aids which may help you overcome your limited sight, our doctors will be with you every step of the way.

Emergency eye care for when it matters most.


At Nicola Eye Care, nothing matters more to us than your eyes. When the unexpected happens, we will be there for assessment, diagnosis and to provide treatment as soon as you need it.

700 Canadians suffer eye-related injuries every day in the workplace alone. If you have endured atrauma and are concerned for your eye health or vision, contact us immediately and we’ll arrange an emergency appointment.

Loss Of Sight? Act Now.

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The manufacturing, chemicals and construction-based industries are most prone to eye injuries, by nature of the work involved. In order to minimise the risk – and over 90% of workplace eye injuries are completely avoidable – it’s important to wear the right protective speciality eyewear.

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The problem with eye injuries is that they are not always obvious; they can also be caused by much less severe trauma than you may expect. A simple knock to the head could cause a concussion (without falling unconscious) or activate another problem.

If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms recently, they could be latent – but dangerous – aftereffects from an innocuous past injury:

  • Black spots or patches
  • Flashes (“seeing stars”)
  • Tunnel vision
  • Sudden eye pain
  • Red, inflamed or painful eyelids
  • Blurry or hazy vision
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