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129 2nd Ave Sw PO Box 270
Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0
499 Mountain Ave PO Box 1570
Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0

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Our commitment to you

Our Commitment to Health and Safety during COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our patients, staff and doctors is our #1 priority

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As such, we are taking the following steps to ensure the safe delivery of eyecare to you and your family upon our re-opening

  • We will be screening all patients for COVID-19 symptoms, those exposed to COVID-19 and those who have travelled outside MB in the last 14 days before entering our clinic
  • We ask that upon entering our clinic, that you immediately wash your hands with soap and water
  • We ask that if you have a properly fitting mask that you wear it to your appointment and keep it on during the duration of your time in the clinic
  • All of our staff and doctors will be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, masks and eye protection
  • Patient flow into the office will be controlled and hence “walk-ins” may be asked to wait outside or in their car
  • We ask that you arrive at your appointment alone unless you are a minor and require adult supervision then we will allow one care-giver inside with the child.
  • We will be practicing safe-distancing within the clinic and we ask that you do your best to keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and other patients.
  • We have spaced out the waiting-room chairs accordingly and every chair will be disinfected between each use
  • We will be aware of common “touch points” within the clinic such as door knobs, counters, keyboard, phones, credit card machines, pens, etc… and will be disinfecting these as often as possible
  • All instruments that patients will come in contact with will be thoroughly disinfected between each patient
  • Discussions with doctors and staff will be kept to minimum. Follow up phone calls or tele-health video conferencing will be used as often as possible
  • All magazines, prize-box toys and other peripheral items have been removed from the clinic
  • Clear, acrylic partitions have been put in front of our reception desk and other pieces of equipment
  • All glasses that will be tried on will be thoroughly disinfected prior to going back on the board
  • We will not be using our “air puff” glaucoma test (known as an NCT) at this time. Eye pressures will be taking with our iCare device
  • No contact lens trainings will be completed at this time to reduce contact time between trainer and patient

We appreciate your efforts in keeping with the protocols laid out by our provincial association and college. We realize that none of this is normal, but we’re pleased that we can still offer eyecare during this phase of the pandemic. – Valley Optical Team

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.