Purba Vision began as the dream of Jai Jassal, who founded the company in 2006. In a few short years, the original lone optical boutique blossomed into five separate locations where licensed optometrists perform thorough eye exams, checking for ocular issues such as glaucoma and colour blindness. Clients can also browse each location’s selection of hand-picked frames from around the world—a collection that includes work by Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Hugo Boss.
Subscribing to one of Coco Chanel’s credos, “fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” the ocular experts in charge of Eyestar Optical outfit their display racks with glasses that aren’t just functional, but also stylish. While available brands vary by location, many frames come from high-end designers such as Gucci, Prada, and Tom Ford, which can subtly complement elegant outfits or add dramatic flair to overall looks. In addition to boosting fashion cred, select locations offer eye exams to suss out any current or impending eye-related maladies, as well as contact-lens fittings for those uninterested in wearing glasses or welding together two monocles.
Helmed by licensed optician Nav Purba, Vision Express brightens the sight and updates the style of its patrons with expert eye care and frames from brands such as Gucci, Coach, Versace, and Armani Exchange. The on-site licensed optometrists employ more than 100 methods to test patients' eyes, including glaucoma exams or asking guests to distinguish between an eye chart and a bowl of alphabet soup hurled at the wall. Trained eyewear consultants help customers pick out their ideal lens type, whether it's single vision, trifocal, progressive, or contacts, and the laboratory staff prepare specially made Nikon and Carl Zeiss lenses in as little as one hour.
For more than 20 years, Ideal Optical has helped equip customers with the right prescriptions and stylish frames. After eye doctors thoroughly inspect eyes for ocular issues and prescriptions, lenses are made within the optical laboratory. Then, customers can choose one of several stylish frames from brands such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, Nike, and Dior.
It was Scott Catton?s father who opened the first two-for-one optical store in Ontario in 1989. It was called Wholesale Vision, and the glasses sold there were crafted at the lens-manufacturing facility onsite. The company may have changed its name to iVision in 2000, and it may have a new president?Scott?but it still offers two-for-one specs, perfect for those who misplace things or for for people like Superman, who need to completely change their identity in a hurry. iVision also still manufactures all of its lenses in-house. These lenses go on to fill regular frames as well as frames from designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Hugo Boss, Prada, and Gucci.
At The Optician Inc., licensed optometrists perform on-site eye exams to restore optimal vision with glasses, prescription sunglasses, and contacts. Clients then browse the shop's selection of hundreds of frames from brands that include Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Hugo Boss, and a full-service lab produces ready-to-go frames and lenses within an hour. For those in need of contacts, the shop offers free consultations with its certified contact-lens fitters.