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We believe in personalized comprehensive eye health exams that focus on your eyes, your lifestyle and your visual needs. edit me. Let your users get to know you.


Dry Eyes are a real concern in  Alberta. You do not need to suffer from dry eye syndrome, we will work with you to solve the concern at the cause 


Our opticians offer personalized eyewear fittings and lens selection. We also provide contact lens fittings as well as insertion and removal training sessions.



True personalization of your experience is our mission


We know not everyone has 20/20 vision, our goal is to help you see what you are missing. 


We believe in one on one personalized service ensuring you have the right prescription and fit customized for you.


We have hundreds of  frame models for you to choose from but we only carry one of each style so your look will be completely unique. 

How are children eyes different than adults?

Children don’t have a baseline of what is normal 20/20 vision and what is not. Just like regular general wellness exams are important for your child, so are regular eye health wellness exams. Many children have undetected vision problems that cause direct learning concerns, or lower than possible learning outcomes.

As children grow, their vision and eye development change as well. The most comprehensive manner to detect and monitor these changes is with regular eye health exams with an optometrist. Your eyes are the primary conduit for learning and can directly result in learning difficulties due to blurry vision, strain or poor coordination of their complex functions.

Parents often assume they would recognize if a child was having issues with their vision. As parents, we think that if they can function in their daily life, see the white board at school and read their book at night, they have good vision. There is much more to vision and good eye health than simply having functional vision. Children are highly adaptive to their situation and their environment and may not indicate any concern. Behavioral problems, learning issues, and an inability to focus often indicate that a child is having trouble with their vision. As children progress thru their education minor issues develop into larger ones that can cause significant difficulties with the larger demands on their ability to read and learn. This awareness is why in Alberta, children’s eye exams are covered from birth until they turn 19 years old.

We encourage parents to be proactive with their children’s ongoing eye health exams and book regular appointments for the entire family.

Vision Impacts Learning & Development

As a parent, you are concerned about the early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems. Vision affects every aspect of a child’s development; from gross and fine motor skills to language. It also impacts a child’s learning and skill development, including reading, copying, group involvement and staying focused in class. All of these things can have a tremendous impact on children’s academic success, confidence, and even personal growth. It can make the difference between homework being easy, or difficult. It can be the difference between a great sports player, and a mediocre one.

Research has shown strong relationships between poor eye coordination (binocular eye function) and reduced academic and coordination outcomes. For this reason, pursuing more than 20/20 is our goal in order to enable our patients to pursue and achieve their life goals.


Children’s Eye Exams Include:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)

  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)

  • Hand-eye coordination

  • Focusing powers

  • Peripheral vision

  • Eye teaming

At Sun Valley Eye Care, we believe yearly eye exams, starting at the age of 6 months old, is appropriate for establishing a baseline, and monitoring eye health, and quality vision.



Sun Valley Eye Care is a proud member of the Eye See Eye Learn program.


A thorough adult comprehensive eye exam takes approximately 30-45 minutes plus an additional 10 minutes of pre-exam diagnostic testing for a total of roughly one hour.

If you wear contact lenses, we ask that you please wear them into your exam, as well as bring your eyeglasses and sunglasses with you to the exam. We want to assess all of your vision correction options and help you select what is best for your visual needs, lifestyle and correction.

Your comprehensive examination process will include the following:

Pre-Examination Testing – The pre-examination is a series of diagnostic tests performed with some of the most advanced equipment available. We will use our Topcon Maestro high resolution camera and optical coherence tomographer to take detailed images of your retina and optic nerve. This extremely sensitive and detailed assessment of your eye is the first step in detecting glaucomaage-related macular degenerationdiabetic retinopathy, and other vision-threatening eye diseases. We will also require you to present us with all of your eyewear, as we will determine their prescription so that we can establish your visual history.

Appointment with our optometrists – Dr Barrus or Dr Cooke will take your relevant medical history, a list of any medication or herbal supplements you are taking. They will the determine your vision quality with your current eyewear and determine your necessary prescription with your subjective answers. They will as well assess your eye health. You will have an opportunity to discuss your lifestyle needs when it comes to vision correction options. This many include Laser Surgery, Contact Lenses, Eyewear, Speciality eyewear, Vision Therapy or many other solutions.

Loss of vision is not reversible. The best way to maintain or achieve good eye health is to visit your optometrist for an eye exam every year.


Specialize care for mature vision

Problems with eyesight can occur at any age, but are more common in seniors. For most eye conditions the risk rate increases over 70 years or over 80 years old.  Aging does increase the risk for some sight-threatening eye conditions, which is why it is important to be informed and to have regular eye check-ups.


Our eyes age as we do, and our risk rate for eye problems increases, particularly over the age of 70. Due to this increased risk, annual eye exams become even more important than when we were younger. We are actively looking for diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and other sight threatening concerns. Alberta Health Care covers the fees for most of the eye exam, leaving only a small Medical Imaging fee. 


You will likely feel that your visual needs change, as your prescription shifts and as your employment needs change or you retire. 


The most common eye problems among seniors include:


Presbyopia is a natural effect of aging, usually occurring after the age of 40, in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time.  It can cause headaches, blurred vision, tired eyes and the need for more light in order to comfortably read things clearly. This can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.


Cataracts exist when the normally clear lens within your eye becomes cloudy and opaque.  Cataracts are a function of aging and are most often found in people over the age of 60, although they are occasionally found in younger people, including newborns.


Macular degeneration affects the macula­–the central most part of the retina.  It causes the centre of your vision to blur or distort while the side or peripheral vision remains unaffected.  It is generally related to the aging process, and is the leading cause of blindness in North American adults over the age of 55.  While there is no cure, early detection and preventative measures can help to delay or reduce vision loss.


Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada.  It is a progressive disease that most frequently occurs in individuals over the age of 40, with the risk of the disease increasing with age.  Unlike other diseases, it typically reduces the side or peripheral vision so it makes it hard to detect this without having an eye exam. There is a greater risk of developing glaucoma for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, a history of eye injuries or a family history of glaucoma.


Diabetes and its complications can affect many parts of the eye, and can cause changes in vision. Detection during an eye exam is often the first indication that a person may have the disease, or that a person with diabetes does not have adequate blood sugar control.