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.
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.
Eyes on King maintains an expert staff and displays a selection of eyewear in their cobalt-blue walls that snagged the Gold Award for Best Local Optical Store in the Waterloo Chronicle Reader's 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. Their licensed optometrists can diagnose vision with a series of tests before prescribing lenses to correct eyesight or impart night vision. Recessed displays hold designer frames by Coach, Gucci and Persol as well as sunglasses to shield eyes on sunny days.
Best Value Optical stocks a large selection of designer and economy eyeglasses backed by lens, frame, and prescription-change warranties. Walls of notched shelves hold frames and sunglasses from Armani, Fendi, and Ray-Ban, each handpicked by Best Value’s design staff. A team of certified and accredited optometrists performs on-site eye exams as well as professional fittings of contacts and night-vision goggles.