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Dr. Mark Burke

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 Dr. Mark Burke was born and raised in Summerside where he grew up playing hockey and golf. Following graduating from Three Oaks Senior High School, he moved to the big city of Charlottetown to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island. During his days at UPEI he began to become very interested in the eye and the human visual system. At this point he realized there would be no better career than one that allowed him to help people on a daily basis with their most precious sense, their eyesight. That desire led him down the road of Optometry where he completed a Doctor of Optometry degree with Dean's Honors List distinction at the University of Waterloo in 2006.

Upon graduation, Dr. Burke desired to get back to his beloved Island province and was fortunate to have the opportunity to join the reputable practice of Drs. Beer, Hickey & Associates.   Dr. Burke joined Dr. Joe Hickey as a partner at the practice. The practice soon became Drs. Hickey, Burke & Associates. In November 2009, Dr. Burke and Dr. Hickey expanded and became owners and operators of Island Optical & Eyecare and added full eye care services to the already successful optical dispensary.

Dr. Burke is actively involved in the profession as he is currently the Registrar of the Prince Edward Island College of Optometrists and sits as a member of several National Optometry Regulatory Bodies. He also authored a clinical research paper while acting as a research assistant during his days at the University of Waterloo.

At the end of the day, Dr. Burke is thrilled to get home to his beautiful wife Charlene, and sweet children, Madison and Hunter.  Also, his loyal dog Pluto cannot be left out of any family description! When not working or spending time with his family, he loves to golf and explore our beautiful PEI beaches.

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Coronavirus Update

To all our wonderful patients and others in need,

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, both PEI’s Chief Health Officer and the Prince Edward Island College of Optometrists have recommended that non-urgent eye examinations cease for the time being.

In order to protect our patients, staff and the general public, we of course will follow this recommendation, starting Wednesday March 18, with a further review and decision on April 6th. However, we have no intentions of leaving our patients without eye care and will have one doctor in to see emergency patients each business day. We feel that to fail to provide emergency eye care would only add to the congestion at medical clinics and hospitals.

If you are experiencing any eye problems at all, please call us at 902-368-3001. Examples would include: sudden changes in vision, eye infections, a foreign body in an eye, flashes of lightning in your vision, new floaters in your vision, or broken glasses with no backup to get you by. Those are only to name a few. We will decide whether your situation is urgent in nature and book you in if it is.

We are here for you, even through this difficult time, but expect strict COVID-19 screening questions from our staff when you call.

If you have eyewear ordered with us, you will be receiving a call when it arrives as usual. The staff will make arrangements with you for pick up, however, like all else, we suggest waiting to pick up glasses until we are back to full operations. If you are in need of the glasses, we will arrange for you to pick them up. For contact lenses, any remaining balance will be requested over the phone to limit time and contact in the office and you can then proceed to pick them up. We are also still accepting orders. Some brands can even deliver directly to you. Others we will meet you at our office door with.

After lengthy discussion, we feel that routine adjustments are not essential services and at this time we would ask you refrain from coming in for that service. If you are in a painful situation with your glasses, or they require a major adjustment or repair, please call to discuss a solution.

Please everyone take care and try to carry out the advice being given on limiting the spread of this virus so we can all get back to the Island way of life we all love.