Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports?both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and Giants, football's BC Lions, soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and baseball's Vancouver Canadians?four sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
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.
Midgate Optical's team of licensed opticians helps adults and children view the world with 20/20 clarity. They perform sight tests that re-calibrate prescriptions up to four years old, and assemble prescription eyeglasses with a variety of lens options and frames from brands such as Coach, Guess, and Versace. Those who prefer the au naturale look can opt for contacts, including Ciba Vision daily lenses. In Midgate Optical's display cases, visitors will also find Ray-Ban sunglasses that protect peepers against the sun's UV rays and stooge-like eye pokes.
At Rumi Optical, registered opticians evaluate vision and staff members help customers choose the eyewear that best fits their lifestyles and eye sockets. In addition to its own collection, the clinic carries eyeglasses and sunglasses by designers that include Burberry, D&G, Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Gucci. Fashionable frames can be fitted with single-vision or specialty lenses or ignored entirely in favour of contacts.
Inside a warmly lit shop, House of Vision Optical staffers help clients find frames that suit their face and personal style from brands such as Armani, Burberry, and Roberto Cavalli. Those with imperfect vision can call upon the in-house lab to ensure the proper prescription lenses are placed into chosen frames. House of Vision Optical also offers prescription sunglasses for people who want to see the sun clearly when they stare directly at it.
Dr. Nicholas Catchuk and his team employ more than 100 years of combined optical industry experience to correct ocular troubles. Frames from Optika Eyewear and lenses from French lens powerhouse Essilor fuse together under the team's expert hands. New technologies, such as digital lenses, transition lenses, and invisible monocles, provide more precise visual correction and a more comfortable experience.