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.
Dr. Anita Narang of Island Eyecare uses a variety of advanced technologies to maintain the ocular health of her patients. Her practice's advanced equipment includes a visual field analyzer and retinal camera that catches signs of ocular disease and can detect whether a significant other has a wandering eye. In addition to performing routine eye exams, she and her staff can administer emergency services to those in need of urgent care. She is also able to perform exams in Punjabi for those not fluent in English.
As Dr. Narang helms the exam rooms, friendly, expertly trained staff members man the clinic’s showroom. The cheery crew is always available to answer questions about your contact lenses or help you select a flattering pair of frames and sunglasses from designer brands such as Versace and BCBG Max Azaria.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyeglasses, sunglasses, eye exams
Brands Used: Rayban, Gucci, Boss, Tom Ford, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, D&G, Prada, Tag Heuer, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Coach
Pro Tip: Be prepared to have the best optical experience, EVER.
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.
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.