Dr. Cummings established his optometry practice in Athabasca in November 1978. Vision care services range from comprehensive eye health assessment including detection of glaucoma, and refractive eye surgery aftercare and the sale of spectacles, contact lenses, prescription sunglasses, and accessories. Please feel welcome to browse the fine selection of frames housed in our dispensary.


Sun Protection

An entire world is there to discover through the lenses of Maui Jim. Besides advanced sun protection, Maui Jim offers the widest field of vision in a prescription lens. Now in stock: Maui Jim readers, great for reading on the beach. See like never before with the perfect balance of contrast and glare protection for your active lifestyle.


Ski season approaches! We now stock Zeiss goggles in six styles, including those with prescription inserts.

New Contact Lens Patients

View this video to learn about insertion and removal of your new lenses:


The Optometrists

Wally Cummings

Wally CummingsI am a graduate of the Class of '77 at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. I have been practicing my profession in Athabasca since 1978. I was also in Lac La Biche until December 2011. I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Athabasca and watching this town grow. I have enjoyed community participation including minor hockey involvement and being a long-standing Rotarian. This participation has given me the opportunity to donate and help in significant fundraising activities including funding for the Multiplex, Rotary Way, Spray Park, and other worthwhile improvements to our community. Hobbies and activities are many including fishing, Saturday 7 a.m. shinny hockey, curling, golf, and watching the grandchildren grow.

Whitney Diakur

WhitneyDr. Whitney Diakur was born and raised just north of Edmonton. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alberta with a Major in Biology and Minor in Classics. She then attended InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry where she graduated with Cum Laude standing, multiple academic and clinical excellence awards and an award for best thesis dissertation. Dr. Diakur has spent time working in California and Texas but has decided to make Edmonton her permanent home again.

In the past she has volunteered with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind and numerous senior�s centers around the city. She has also done a volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). With her experience abroad she is able to do an eye exam in Spanish. Her passion within the optometry field includes ocular disease with a special interest in retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, pediatric examinations, and dry eye treatments. She is a current member of the Alberta College of Optometrists and the Albert Association of optometrists. Dr. Diakur always ensures that the best level of care is given to all her patients and takes the time to answer any questions they may have.

In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.

Brenda Hawkey

Brenda HawkeyBrenda has been a valued member of our team since 2004. She is our receptionist/optometric assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and Medical Secretary diploma, both received from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Past work experience includes pharmaceutical research and 25 years as a medical secretary in the fields of cardiovascular, urology, and renal medicine. Hobbies include gardening, golf, and reading.

Dennis MacNeil

Dennis MacNeilDennis is a graduate of the University of Alberta with Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees. He taught in the Athabasca area for 20-plus years and retired in 2008 as principal from Rochester School. He is still actively involved in education as a school board trustee representing Aspen View North Central, which includes the town of Athabasca. His duties are to collect necessary data and initial case history before the patient is examined by the attending optometrist. He is also now an expert in fitting, adjusting, and repairing your spectacles.

His many strengths include communication, compassion, optimism, and the ability to tell a good joke (typical of a former Cape Breton feller). He is also a member of the Rotary Club in Athabasca.

Sarah Lucas

Vivian EliasSarah joined our team in 2016. She is an Optometric Assistant with expertise in eyewear dispensing. Previous experience includes serving optometry patients in Grande Prarie. Hobbies include being a sports mom, gardening and keeping active.

Our Philosophy

Assuming you live in the proximity of Athabasca, you have the advantage of receiving consistent, quality eye care at a convenient location. Having the same staff and optometrist serve you over time gives opportunity to build relationships while gaining a better knowledge of your optical needs. We are a full-service practice, offering optical eye wear that is fresh in style and of fair value. We believe in having a modern office with quality diagnostic equipment and well-trained staff. Our team strives to make your eye care experience as enjoyable as possible.



Eye appointments can be booked in person, by phone, or by e-mail. You don't need an appointment to pick out a frame, or browse the dispensary, or drop off glasses that need to be repaired.


We are located at Venture Place, which is the building on the southeast corner of 49th Street and 49th Avenue, just up the hill (south) from the post office and on your left (east) after the intersection.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m. for lunch.

Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all statutory holidays.


4818 - 49 Street
Athabasca AB
T9S 1C3






Send e-mail to admin_ath@cummingsoptometry.ca.


Here is a list of sites that we recommend. They are excellent sources of information and we hope they will answer all of your optical questions. Enjoy.

There is also a link to the Athabasca Rotary website, a service club to which Dr. Cummings belongs as a member.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do we fit and supply eyewear? Yes. We prefer to provide full-service eye care, offering you the convenience of not having to shop elsewhere for your eyewear.

Do we have designer frames? Absolutely, and there are a thousand frames in our inventory to choose from.

Do we fit and supply contact lenses? Of course. We fit monthly replacement, two-week replacement, and daily disposable modalities.

Are there contact lenses that correct for astigmatism? Yes, and we fit them quite often. We also fit multifocal contacts for those old enough to require them.

Do we do post-Lasik surgery follow-up? All the time.

Do we test for glaucoma? Yes, as we assess eye pressure and evaluate the optic nerve on all full exams for people over 40 years of age. If there are suspicions of glaucoma, given family history for example, we will do further testing and refer to an ophthalmologist for treatment if necessary. From there, we usually can co-manage treatment with the ophthalmologist.

What other services do we provide? Treatment of eye inflammations and infections with topical medications, when necessary, and treatment of ocular trauma, such as corneal abrasions.

Questions about Lenses

What is a progressive lens design, and how is it different from a bifocal and trifocal? A bifocal lens is powered for two distances, usually with a segment for reading below a visible line, and with the distance prescription located above the line. A trifocal lens has an extra segment between the ones for distance and reading. A progressive lens is more commonly used today for people who require multifocal spectacles. It does not have visible lines and gradually transitions from the distance portion to the near portion.

What brands of lenses do we use? Nikon, Zeiss, and Rodenstock are used in a majority of cases. These are high-quality lenses advanced in development.

Why would people need computer glasses, and what are they? As we age, not only does it become difficult to read at 40 cm, it becomes challenging to see the computer screen at 60-80 cm. So, we design a lens in a bifocal or a progressive that will work for these office or deskwork settings. Such a lens gives a person the advantage of not having to bob the head up and down while working, as there is more lens area set for these intermediate distances. Far distance will be blurred, however, so a set of computer glasses is usually a necessary addition to your regular progressive or bifocal spectacles.

What is our warranty? Frames usually have a manufacturer's warranty against defects for one year. Plastic lenses have a warranty for manufacturing defects of one year.

When our spectacles come back from the processing lab, do we assess them for correctness before delivering them to you? Every pair is checked before calling for dispensing them to you.

Can we, and do we, bill your insurance company directly? In most cases, yes.

Is there a charge for having glasses purchased in our office adjusted or repaired? No. That is part of the service we provide for the life of the glasses you purchase from us.