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Eye Exam Eye Examinations

See why our eye exams are so much more than just finding out ‘which is better, one or two?’.

Every comprehensive eye exam includes precise measurements to allow you to see your best, and imaging of the eye with state-of-the-art technology to help maintain your eye health at its best. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is available at Boardwalk Optometry. OCT technology is indispensable, oftentimes revealing early changes in age- related macular degeneration and glaucoma that would otherwise go undetected with conventional testing, enabling our doctors to take quick action to prevent vision loss.

Boardwalk Optometry eye exams are not just for getting glasses, they also protect your precious eyesight.

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OpticalOptical

Look, see and feel your best with glasses from Boardwalk Optometry!

Our licensed opticians will assist you in finding fashionable frames, pair them with quality lenses suited to your visual needs, and all at a competitive price. Our optical carries a large inventory of reputable frames where you can find something trendy, classic, sophisticated, fun or unique to help you achieve the look and style you want. We source our lenses from leading lens manufacturers and always stay current with new products.

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OpticalOn-Site Optical Lab

Boardwalk Optometry has an on-site optical lab for your convenience!

Boardwalk Optometry’s on-site optical labs maintain strict quality control, and provide expert craftsmanship. Check out our in-store promotions on our News page, and rest assured that we have something for everyone’s budget, and we always stand behind the products we provide.

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Contact LensesContact Lenses

Your eyes deserve to be fitted for contact lenses by a licensed fitter for optimal vision, comfort, and eye health.

Each Boardwalk Optometry clinic has their own ‘master’ licensed contact lens fitter: Debbie at our Guildford location has decades of expertise and success in fitting Ortho-K lenses while David at our South Surrey location was the head optical and contact lens instructor at BC College of Optics for 20 years. Our clinics fit all types of different disposable contact lenses, including multifocals for people who can’t see up close anymore, and toric lenses for astigmatism. We also fit specialty contact lenses for myopia control, keratoconus, severe dry eye disease, and cosmetic eye disfigurement. All our fitters stay current with advancements in the contact lens industry and are happy to provide samples of new lenses on the market.

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Contact LensesMyopia Control Clinic

Are you interested in preventing your child’s nearsightedness from getting worse?

Boardwalk Optometry has earned a solid reputation in myopia control with orthokeratology since Dr. Lindsay Kamachi started a myopia control clinic in 2002. The clinic was started in response to the dramatic rise in cases of myopia in children, especially in his own. Our Guildford clinic is now one of the largest and well-respected orthokeratology centers in Western Canada. Boardwalk Optometry also uses specialty glasses, soft contact lenses, and medicated eye drops to manage myopia progression. By the way, Drs. Kyle, Lauren and Zachary are still happy Ortho-K lens wearers.


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Advanced Dry Eye ClinicDry Eye Clinic

Do dry eyes make you miserable? Book a Dry Eye assessment at Boardwalk Optometry.

Our clinics provide comprehensive dry eye assessments with specialty diagnostic testing and customized treatment plans to address the root cause(s) of dry eye. Treatments range from simple home therapies to advanced in-office treatments. Advanced treatments include FORMA and LUMECCA, which also have the added beauty benefits of skin tightening and rejuvenation! We also have a great selection of premium eye care products to help patients manage their dry eye disease and cope with symptoms.

Most cases of dry eye disease (DED) are due to obstructed oil glands (meibomian glands) inside the eyelids, damaging and eventually destroying the oil glands. The tear layer becomes unstable, consequently reducing the accuracy of any measurements taken of the eye, and causing damage to the ocular surface. Symptoms of DED can include fluctuating vision, tearing, burning, grittiness however oftentimes there are no symptoms, just signs of damage to the ocular surface.

Fortunately some factors that cause DED can be modified. Since inflammation is the main driver of meibomian gland dysfunction (DED), we offer specialty treatments that effectively decrease inflammation such as BlephEx, LUMECCA and meibomian gland expression.

Although DED cannot be completely cured, Boardwalk Optometry can help you manage your dry eye and enhance the health of your ocular surface.

Binocular Vision Clinic

Contact LensesBinocular Vision Clinic

‘Coach’ Dr. Lauren Kamachi is stoked to work with children and athletes at all levels to optimize eye coordination to enhance performance in the classroom and sports field.

Dr. Lauren Kamachi realized her childhood dream of integrating her passion for sports with her future career by creating a binocular vision clinic as soon as she joined Boardwalk Optometry. As an athlete who played varsity NCAA Division 1 softball, Dr. Kamachi is keenly aware of how vital it is for the eyes to work well together in order to excel not only in sports, but also in the classroom. Dr. Kamachi provides thorough binocular vision assessments and customizes vision training programs for children and athletes at all levels, helping each individual see more comfortably and efficiently.

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Contact LensesHearing Clinic

Having trouble hearing the eye doctor ask, “Which is better, one or two?” Boardwalk Hearing can help. Book a free hearing consultation at Boardwalk Optometry’s South Surrey location.

Michael March founded Boardwalk Hearing in 2007 located within Boardwalk Optometry in South Surrey. Michael conducts diagnostic hearing tests and dispenses hearing aids using the latest testing and fitting technology, and is also currently a faculty member at Douglas College in their hearing program. Michael works diligently with each patient in their quest for better hearing, creating custom molded hearing products, and providing ample follow up care.

Hearing services are offered primarily at our South Surrey location and complimentary house calls are available upon request.

For more information, please visit https://www.boardwalkhearing.ca/

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Glasses

Look, see and feel your best with glasses from Boardwalk Optometry!

Boardwalk Optometry carries a large inventory of reputable fashion frames , all competitively priced, and offers an on-site optical lab for your added convenience. Being an independent ophthalmic products provider, we have no corporate restrictions, so we are free to source lenses best-suited for your needs. Our knowledgeable licensed opticians will assist you in navigating through all your frame and lens options, helping you make the best decisions for your needs and lifestyle. Precise measurements will be taken to ensure your new glasses perform optimally.

Computer Glasses

Our licensed opticians will assist you in choosing proper lens treatments and designs specifically for your computer needs, to enhance your comfort and productivity while you’re on digital devices.

Sport Glasses

Boardwalk Optometry has sport glasses for both serious and recreational athletes to avoid preventable sport-related eye injuries.

Thousands of sport-related eye injuries happen each year (a third of them to children) and many of these injuries cause permanent vision loss. Basketball is normally the leading cause of eye injury, but soccer, baseball/softball, air/paintball guns, martial arts, and even water sports can also lead to eye injury. We carry a selection of ASTM F803 conforming protective goggles available with or without prescription lenses, which can prevent 90% of these eye injuries.

Sunglasses

Our licensed opticians will assist you in choosing sunglasses that will give your eyes the protection they need, and great optics while making you look fabulous all at the same time.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses should never be overlooked in high risk workspaces whether at work or at home. Boardwalk Optometry is a proud long-standing member of Eyesafe BC, providing employees of participating businesses with quality protective eyewear.

Ortho-K Lenses

Sleep in these specialty contact lenses and wake up the next morning seeing clearly without any glasses or contact lenses!

Orthokeratology gently reshapes the cornea with a gas-permeable contact lens during sleep, and eliminates the need for vision correction during the day. The purpose of Ortho-K is to slow down the progression of myopia, mainly in children. These specialty rigid gas-permeable contact lenses should only be fitted by certified doctors and contact lens fitters, who have had additional training and are equipped with the necessary fitting instruments. Ortho-K has been shown to lessen the elongation of the eye, reducing the risk of complications from high myopia such as retinal detachment.

Scleral Lenses

These specialty contact lenses might be just what you need if you suffer from severe dry eye disease, keratoconus and other corneal deformities.

Scleral contacts are larger than standard gas permeable contact lenses and replace irregular corneal surfaces by providing a perfectly smooth optical surface. The space between the cornea and the back surface of a scleral lens acts as a fluid reservoir to provide comfort in severe dry eyes.

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FORMA Dry Eye TreatmentFORMA Dry Eye Treatment

Side Effects: Collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Boardwalk Optometry’s dry eye treatments using FORMA radiofrequency energy helps to unclog obstructed meibomian oil glands and stimulates collagen production helping to actually repair the glands. The FORMA applicators have precise temperature control features so heat can comfortably penetrate the eyelids to reach the obstructed oil glands, creating a luxurious sensation. Once the thickened oils inside the glands have been softened, the doctor will gently express the upper and lower lids to unclog the oil glands.

Dry eye treatments using FORMA improves the integrity and function of the oil glands, reducing vision fluctuations, and has the added benefit of reducing fine lines and wrinkles too!

Standard FORMA Dry Eye Treatment ( 50 minute appointment)

  • Upper Lids FORMA-I
  • Lower Lids FORMA-I or FORMA Meibomian Gland Expression

FORMA dry eye treatments typically take 4 sessions spaced every 2 to 3 weeks apart, however additional sessions might be needed in more advanced cases. Maintenance treatments are recommended at least every 6 to 12 months. FORMA dry eye treatments have absolutely no down time. Vitamin C supplements before and after treatments are recommended to enhance FORMA’s collagen genesis effect. FORMA treatments every 1 to 2 weeks will maximize and lengthen the duration of the accompanying skin tightening benefits. Results will vary among individuals with more mature skin possibly requiring extended treatments sessions for best results.


FORMA Contraindications:

  • Pacemaker or internal defibrillator
  • Permanent metal implants ( e.g. dental) in the treatment area
  • Treatment within 1cm from cochlear implants in the ear
  • Cosmetic fillers in the last 6 months, Botox within the last 7 days
  • Pregnancy and nursing
  • Under 18 years of age unless with parental consent

Cautions for FORMA:

  • Current or history of skin cancer, suspicious or active lesions, or premalignant moles (Avoid treatment if you have active or suspicious lesions in the treatment area.)
  • HA/collagen/fat/silicone fillers and injections within the last 6 months, and Botox within the last 7 days
  • A history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex (cold sores, zoster blisters) in the treatment area ( Herpes patients should take Valtrex 500mg BID 2 days prior to treatment, and 5 days after treatment. Genital Herpes is not a concern.)
  • Severe systemic illness or disease (Seriously ill patients may need to concentrate on getting better, however treatments can be beneficial for mental health. Treatments will not have adverse effects.)
  • Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases or use of medications (Seriously ill patients may need to concentrate on getting better, however treatments can be beneficial for mental health. Treatments will not have adverse effects.)
  • Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6 months (Although studies find no adverse effects of use within 1 month.)
  • Poorly controlled diabetes with vascular complications (Due to poor healing.)
  • Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last three months or before complete healing
  • Facial laser resurfacing, facial dermabrasion, and deep chemical peeling within the last three months
  • History of skin disorders such as keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin
  • Vitiligo (Best to avoid because heat can alter pigmentation.)

FORMA Day of Treatment:

  • Please arrive without creams or makeup on the treatment area and have your hair tied back.
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LUMECCA Dry Eye TreatmentLUMECCA Dry Eye Treatment

Side Effects: Gets rid of age spots, freckles, and red splotches

Boardwalk Optometry’s dry eye treatments using LUMECCA intense pulse light (IPL) combined with meibomian gland expression is an effective treatment of dry eye, particularly in patients with ocular rosacea. LUMECCA reduces inflammation and kills demodex mites. IPL is used in dermatology to treat facial skin damage including wrinkles, age spots, and dilated blood vessels. Dry eye treatments using LUMECCA improves the integrity and function of the oil glands, and has the added benefit of rejuvenating and improving your complexion too!

Standard LUMECCA Dry Eye Treatment includes:

  • Tragus to Tragus IPL
  • Meibomian Gland Expression

LUMECCA dry eye treatments typically take 4 sessions spaced every 4 to 6 weeks apart, however additional sessions might be needed in more advanced cases. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 12 months. LUMECCA dry eye treatments can cause redness and sensitivity after treatment, however there is no downtime. Please note that it is necessary to avoid tanning 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after IPL treatments.


LUMECCA Contraindications:

  • Fitzpatrick V-VI skin type (rarely burns or easily tans), or if you have melasma
  • Tanning within the last 3-4 weeks
  • Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane) within 6 months prior to treatment or current use of doxycycline
  • Not for treatment over tattoos or permanent makeup
  • Cosmetic fillers in the last 6 months, Botox within the last 7 days
  • History of skin cancer, active or suspicious lesions in the treatment area
  • Pregnancy/nursing mothers
  • Under 18 years of age unless with parental consent

Cautions for LUMECCA:

  • A history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex (cold sores, zoster blisters) in the treatment area (Herpes patients should take Valtrex 500mg BID 2 days prior to treatment, and 5 days after treatment, genital herpes is not a concern.)
  • Severe systemic illness or disease (Seriously ill patients may need to concentrate on getting better, however treatments can be beneficial for mental health. Treatments will not have adverse effects.)
  • Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases or use of medications (Seriously ill patients may need to concentrate on getting better, however treatments can be beneficial for mental health. Treatments will not have adverse effects.)
  • Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6 months (Although studies find no adverse effects of use within 1 month.)
  • Poorly controlled diabetes with vascular complications (Safe in controlled diabetics but only on the face, not on extremities.)
  • Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last three months or before complete healing
  • Facial laser resurfacing, facial dermabrasion, and deep chemical peeling within the last three months
  • History of skin disorders such as keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin (In the unlikely event of a blister forming, scarring can happen.)
  • Diseases which may be stimulated by light at the wavelengths used, such as history of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Porphyria, and Epilepsy
  • Vitiligo
  • Treating over tattoos or permanent makeup (OK to treat the rest of the face, but not lips, brows and eyelids.)
  • Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams and sprays within the last two weeks (IPL targets pigment and tanned skin as pigment near the surface, so IPL can cause burns on freshly tanned skin. OK to treat older tans (3-4 weeks), but not active tans like you would get from basking in the sun for an hour without sunscreen.)
  • Current or prior history of Gold Therapy (IPL can heat up the gold fragments.)

Pre LUMECCA IPL Instructions:

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Avoid self-tanning products for 2 weeks prior to treatment
  • Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for one week prior to treatment
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking blood thinners or aspirin and ibuprofen on a regular basis
  • Avoid alcohol for 2 days prior to treatment
  • Inform the doctor if you have taken Accutane in the past 12 months
  • Have ice packs in your freezer ready for post IPL care if necessary

LUMECCA Day of Treatment:

  • Please arrive without creams or makeup on the treatment area, and have your hair tied back.

What to Expect after LUMECCA IPL:

  • Your skin will appear pink for a few hours, but it is fine to wear make-up.
  • Brown spots and freckles may appear darker, like coffee grounds - please allow them to fade on their own, do not rub them off or exfoliate.
  • Cold compresses ( 5 minutes on and 10 minutes off) will relieve redness and swelling.

Potential LUMECCA IPL Side Effects:

  • Skin will look pink or red
  • Mild edema or swelling
  • Mild hyper or hypo pigmentation
  • Burning / stinging
  • Temporary discolouration /bruising of the skin
  • Blistering and crusting
  • Mild pain
  • Facial hair loss

Most side effects will resolve within one week other than facial hair loss. Blistering and crusting are rare, however if these occur, please apply a thin layer of over-the-counter antibiotic such as Polysporin 3 times a day for 3 days, and notify the clinic.


Post LUMECCA Care:

  • Use mild cleansers and moisturizers daily on your skin
  • No hot showers for 48 hours
  • Avoid taking aspirin, Ibuprofen, consuming alcohol, heavy exertion and activities which may cause flushing for 2 days after treatment
  • Avoid harsh topical products such as retinols and glycolic acid products for one week post treatment
  • Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area and use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater for 4 to 6 weeks after treatment.
  • No swimming in pools with chemicals such as chlorine
  • No hot tubbing
  • Avoid activities that cause excessive perspiration
  • Do not pick at or remove any loosening or peeling skin
  • No electrolysis, facial waxing or hair removal products for 14 days after treatment
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BlephExBlephEx

Like your teeth, your eyelid margins can also produce ‘plaque’ known as biofilm, which might require periodic in-office cleaning.

BlephEx is a gentle in-office treatment which removes excess bacteria, toxins and debris, collectively known as biofilm, along the lid margins. If you suffer from dry eyes or are unable to wear contact lenses comfortably, you might have blepharitis. Blepharitis occurs when biofilm accumulates on the eyelid margins over the years, causing inflammation that damages the eye’s surface as well as its oil glands. Biofilm tends to worsen with age, and can also become a great food source for Demodex mites that eventually find their way to inhabit our eyelash follicles.

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BlephExDry Eye Products

Are your eye drops making your dry eye worse?

Boardwalk Optometry strongly recommends that you choose preservative-free eye drops because preservatives tend to exacerbate existing dry eye disease by causing further inflammation of the eye. Our clinics carry a large assortment of preservative-free eyedrops, each with their own unique function, to best manage the different symptoms caused by your dry eye condition.

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Ocular SupplementsOcular Supplements

When it’s difficult to get enough fresh produce and fish in your diet, we’ve got you covered at both our clinics with supplements for eye health you can trust.

Boardwalk Optometry carries brands of high quality ocular supplements, that have undergone independent consumer testing to demonstrate they are pure, and that the labels are accurate in their description. Our carotenoid supplement Macu Health has lutein, which is a strong antioxidant with significant benefit on eye health. Many studies have shown that lutein can slow down the progression of AMD. Omega-3 supplements are important in managing dry eye by improving the oil quality of the tear layer, and they are also believed to be protective in AMD. Please note that supplements are not a substitute for a diet rich in fish, dark leafy greens, or colourful fruit and vegetables.

COVID-19 Clinic Protocol for Office Visits

To all our patients, associates and friends:

Boardwalk Optometry continues to implement Covid-19 safety protocols to ensure the well-being of everyone who enters our clinics while maintaining our high standard of delivering comprehensive eye health care and hearing assessments.

Our staff have implemented well thought-out clinic protocols assimilated from recommendations and guidelines put forth by the CDC, WHO, the province of BC, and the BC College of Optometry to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the clinic during your visit, while maintaining our high standard of delivering comprehensive eye health care and hearing assessments.

We kindly request that anyone entering the clinic to wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth, and one that does not have a valve. Everyone including staff will be screened for the risk of illness before entering the clinic. Please be aware that the main entrance will remain locked during business hours and visits are by appointments, however we will do our best to accommodate walk-in patients. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (604) 531-4274 (South Surrey) and (604) 589-7311 (Guildford).

If you have an appointment, please take a moment to carefully read these instructions before your visit. Unless you need physical assistance, we request that all companions wait outside the office. Essential companions must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth if they enter the office.

Please reschedule if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or if you have been in contact with a person with suspected or confirmed Covid-19.

Please do not wear your contact lenses unless you are coming for a contact lens appointment.

CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:


UPON YOUR ARRIVAL:


Conversations need to be kept to a minimum to limit droplet spread and time spent inside the clinic.

Please note that washrooms will be closed, we apologize for the inconvenience.

We thank you for your continued support and patience during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

May you and your loved ones stay healthy.

Boardwalk Optometry