Since 1985, Capital Optical has restored vision with prescription lenses set into stylish frames. At four locations, shoppers can have vision diagnosed by an optometrist or browse eyewear from designer brands such as Armani, Gucci, and Hugo Boss—all of which can be fitted by a registered optician. They can also opt for antireflective lenses with special coatings that deflect UV rays or protect against scratches.
Marc F. Raymond Opticians has been deblurring Kingstonians’ views for more than 30 years and carries a bullion of fashion-minded eyewear and sunglass brands. The shop's haute and everyday frame selection drops names such as Optika ($140–$160) and Tom Ford ($410), with sun-damping specs from Maui Jim ($179–$310), Bollé ($160), and more. Cordial resident opticians can help with the selection process for any regular or sunglass pair based on potential wearing scenarios and level of local celebrity. Should adjustment needs arise, customers may return at their leisure for free fit tweaks and professional cleanings, and 50 per cent off repairs.
Since launching as a small optometric practice on Ottawa’s Laurier Street more than 20 years ago, Laurier Optical has grown from that single office into a network of more than 45 locations across Ontario and Quebec. It’s created a new distribution operation to lower costs and increase the diversity of its stock. And it’s helped countless patients feel good about how they see the world.
Today each of Laurier Optical’s locations stocks a selection of frames from an array of recognized designers, along with a variety of contact lenses. Their collection of sunglasses is almost as diverse, helping patients to protect their pupils from ultraviolet rays or simply win a staring contest with their car’s headlights. Each location also maintains an eye-exam clinic to make sure prescriptions stay up to date and offers complimentary eyewear adjustments to help frames maintain an ideal fit throughout the year.