About Our Practice in Calgary

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Putting Our Patients First

Welcome to Focus West Optometry! Since our founding in 1997, our team has been proud to serve the Calgary community and provide comprehensive eye care for the whole family. We offer a wide range of eye care services, including addressing dry eyes, an extensive optical boutique, and innovative technology to make your visit as efficient as possible.

Our team looks forward to welcoming you and your family to the Focus West Optometry family!

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Our Mission

The high road to service is travelled with integrity, compassion, and understanding. Our patients don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.

Our mission is to always provide a high level of care with attention to detail, showing how much we value our patients. We strive to help you reach your vision goals!

Meet Our Team

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Dr. Derek Gaume

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Dr. Julie Lee-Ying

Frequently Asked Questions

We want to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call or send an email if you’re curious about something our FAQ doesn’t cover.

Do You Accept Walk-In Patients?

While appointments are always recommended, we are happy to accommodate emergency and walk-in patients at our Calgary office whenever possible.

We offer 2 types of eye exams: An eye examination, which should be scheduled every year or 2 to check for vision and eye health issues, and a contact lens examination, which determines how your eyes are reacting to the presence of contact lenses.

Contact lenses should be removed approximately 2 hours before your eye examination so that your eyes can return to their relaxed state. You should wear your contact lenses as usual if you have a contact lens exam.

It is important to have your eyes examined regularly throughout your lifetime, but patients of a certain age or those at a higher risk for eye diseases like glaucoma should have their eyes examined more frequently.

A good exam schedule to follow is:

  • Every 2 to 4 years before the age of 40.
  • Every 1 to 3 years between the ages of 40 to 54.
  • Every 1 to 2 years between the ages of 55 to 64.
  • Every 6 to 12 months, age 65 and up.

Some vision problems come on so gradually that we only know of changes once they have progressed. Early detection through regular and complete eye examinations performed by a licensed optometrist is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma and other issues.

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) provides coverage for a yearly eye exam for kids under 19 and seniors over 65. Eye examinations for adults 20 to 64 years of age are not covered.

Focus West Optometry offers direct billing through Blue Cross only. Still, we are happy to submit a bill to other select companies on your behalf. Contact us for details.

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  • 268 Stewart Green SW
  • Calgary, AB T3H 3C8

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How Often Should a Child Get an Eye Exam?

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Being present in your child’s learning and development includes taking a proactive step in safeguarding their vision and ocular health. Children are encouraged to have an eye exam once a year until 19 years of age. Children are also recommended to have an eye exam at the following times:  The provincial government recognizes the importance […]

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July 9, 2024
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How Often Should You Use Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

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Dry eyes are a common condition that can significantly impact daily life, causing discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems. One of the most accessible treatments for dry eyes is eye drops. But how often should you use eye drops for effective relief and eye health?  As a general guideline, you can use preservative-free artificial tears […]

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June 10, 2024
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How to Treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Dry Eye Treatment

At Focus West Optometry, we recommend a well-rounded approach through our dry eye therapy. We can use iLux® where gentle amounts of light-based heat stimulate the area to promote healthy tear production.  […]

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March 25, 2024
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A young girl smiling during her eye exam.

Being present in your child’s learning and development includes taking a proactive step in safeguarding their vision and ocular health. Children are encouraged to have an eye exam once a year until 19 years of age. Children are also recommended to have an eye exam at the following times:  The provincial government recognizes the importance […]

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A close-up of a woman holding a bottle of eye drops and putting eye drops in her right eye

Dry eyes are a common condition that can significantly impact daily life, causing discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems. One of the most accessible treatments for dry eyes is eye drops. But how often should you use eye drops for effective relief and eye health?  As a general guideline, you can use preservative-free artificial tears […]

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A close-up of a woman's bloodshot eyes, a symptom of meibomian gland dysfunction.

At Focus West Optometry, we recommend a well-rounded approach through our dry eye therapy. We can use iLux® where gentle amounts of light-based heat stimulate the area to promote healthy tear production.  […]

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