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.
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.
At English Bay EyeWorx, Dr. Nicholas Catchuk helps patients overcome the anxiety of undergoing eye exams by spelling out each step of the process. He channels his more than 10 years of experience in checking for ailments such as glaucoma and corneal disease and answering questions that range from “is dilating my pupil necessary?” to “why do I light fires when I squint?”
After Dr. Catchuk establishes prescriptions, the crew of opticians helps patients peruse rotating displays of frames by designers such as Versace and Headline. Patients can simultaneously model up to four frames on a split-screen viewer, helpful for comparing which eyewear flatters faces the most or which set of eyes blink first.
Just as two eyes must work together to bring the world into focus, the pair of doctors at EyeMax Eyecare's two locations keeps eyes and styles in top shape with exams, wellness screenings, and new fittings. Together, Dr. Parm Sandhu—the founder of EyeMax and a graduate of the New England College of Optometry in Boston—and Dr. Mandeep Gill—who specializes in the diagnosis of ailments such as acute glaucoma and refractive-surgery care—craft accurate prescriptions to keep the film projectors in our heads running smoothly. At each location, opticians help select new designer frames from brands such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade.
Part of a network that includes Chemainus Family Eyecare and Lake Cowichan Eyecare, the five physicians at South Cowichan Eyecare assess and correct sight with a slew of vision-correction services. The ultimate eye exam, for example, spans diagnostics ranging from a digital retinal scan that minimizes the need for dilation to a nerve-fibre analysis that can detect glaucoma up to 10 years earlier than previous technology or psychics. Optometrists can then correct views through LASIK or hand off patients to eyewear technicians who take measurements for prescription glasses, sunglasses, view-masters, or contacts. For added convenience, the clinic offers scheduling through online appointment requests.