Dedicated to outfitting eyes in fashionable specs, Como Lake Optical’s owner Jeff Steinkey has kept his display cases stocked with frames from chic brands such as Kio Yamato and O&X since selling his first pair of glasses 27 years ago. Jeff’s attentive crew of knowledgeable staff helps patrons seek out flattering eye embellishments while answering pressing questions about prescriptions. Como Lake Optical staff also conducts in-store sight testing to evaluate patrons’ abilities to read letters from a distance, recruiting the most eagle-eyed for a spot on their intramural distance-reading team.
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.
Bhupinder Oberoi, an experienced optician and contact-lens fitter, founded Gladwin Optical in 1993 with the help of his wife, brother, and sister-in-law. Today, the family also gets assistance from Oberoi’s daughters and nephews as they stock the shop with a large selection of designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Coach, and Versace, and perform free diagnostic optical tests to help patients determine whether their friends are real or imagined. Gladwin Optical can also outfit faces with prescription sunglasses to ensure a perfect view of every brilliant sunset or distant tire fire.
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.
Since 2004, Snowbus’s fleet of 56 comfortable passenger coaches has shepherded skiers and snowboarders back and forth between Vancouver and Whistler Blackcomb. The route schedule allows mountaineers to hitch a ride out of Vancouver, schuss and slalom to their heart’s content at the world-renowned resort, and hop back aboard a bus for a movie and snack to accompanied their trip home. The service gives downhillers a way to circumvent the hassles of dealing with traffic and parking, and enables them to partake in après-ski revelry without fear of drinking and driving or drinking and cartwheeling back to Vancouver.