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.
Under the direction of licensed optician Carolin Roussel, the team of eye-care specialists at Eye Etiquette Optical Boutique outfit customers' eyes in stylish frames. Patrons peruse sunglasses in more than 15 designer brands, including Oakley ($165+), Ray-Ban ($140+), and Nine West ($125+), for use during poker tournaments and dinner dates with the aurora borealis. All of the boutique's shades can provide 100 per cent UV protection with polarized and non-polarized lenses.
Perfect Look Optical's team of eye care professionals and lab technicians help remedy near- and farsightedness with sight tests, a variety of prescription lenses, and an array of designer sunglasses and glasses to fit each visitor’s facial features. The centre's exams test sight for conditions such as astigmatism and for visual acuity and depth perception. Their Guess and Marc Jacobs sunglasses, available with or without prescriptions, bear polarized lenses to protect eyes from the sun's UV rays and attempt to instigate pie-throwing fights. Preparation time varies depending on the prescription and type of frame, but technicians may be able to fill some orders within an hour.
Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. So when the owners of Optiks International saw a chance to vertically integrate their business model—and cut down time between an eye exam and obtaining glasses—they jumped on it. The optometrists inside their chain offer the convenience of one-stop lens shopping. Technicians can create custom-fitted standard, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, including digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of chosen frames.
Each store stocks a supply of more than 4,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Coach, Armani, Ray-Ban, and Oakley. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing clients to give a pair of glasses to a family member or pair their purchase with prescription sunglasses to avoid darkening regular specs with a whiteboard marker when leaving the house.
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.
I-Concept Optical's brand-new studio equips eyeballs with a wide range of designer frames from brands such as Dior, Toonich, and Prada. Friendly staff helps customers choose frames perfect for their facial shapes, while on-site optometrists fashion new glasses in as little as one hour. In addition to traditional eyewear and sunglasses, I-Concept keeps shelves stocked with contacts from brands such as Biofinity and Harmony, presenting patients with a full range of unobstructed peripheral and frontal vision, allowing for masterful parallel-parking jobs and mantelpieces full of I Spy championship trophies.