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Our Story

kelowna eyeglassesTutt Street Optometry originated in 1987 with Dr. John Kemp and Dr. Grant Goods partnering with Ophthalmologist Dr. Frank DeFreitas. Their dream was to be able to provide a wide range of eye care services under one roof. So they built Kelowna Eye Care Centre @ 2918 Tutt Street offering Optometric & Ophthalmology clinics and a full service retail optical store.

The clinic grew gradually yet enough to require additional Optometrists. Dr. Louise Myshak joined the practice in 1988 and Dr. Greg Wallace joining in 1991. It was at that time, Dr. Goods decided to leave and focus his full attention in developing a practice closer to his home in Summerland. With the Okanagan Valley growing in population, Tutt Street Optometry continued to grow as well. Drs. Stacey Grimes and Dr. David Grimes (or as we like to call them, the Ultimate Power Couple) were added to the practice in 1993 and 1995 respectively.

The growing did not stop there. In August, 2008, Dr. Kimberly Bernot (formerly Smith) and Dr. Patricia Rychjohn joined the practice to bring our total number of OD’s to 8.

Today, the building continues to provide comprehensive eye care. Tutt Street Optometry provides a full range of optometric services including eye examinations, contact lenses, an on premises edging lab for lenses in our optical store, and Sunglass Cove which offers over 175 sunglass frames. Dr. Jeff Chambers (Ophthalmologist) provides ophthalmological services, and Kelowna Laser Vision Clinic performs refractive surgery (PRK, LASIK and Intralase SBK).

Great Vision, Advice, Technology and Fit

By staying current with the latest developments in eye care, prescription lenses and advances in contact lens technology, our vision center can provide you with the best vision, advice and fit today—and in the years to come. We take pride in building lasting relationships with our patients, which is why we take the time to get to know you, your vision requirements and your lifestyle needs. Contact our eye care clinic today to find out how we can help.