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.
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.
The licensed eye surgeons of LASIK MD—a laser vision correction provider with over 30 locations in North America—perform more than 75,000 total procedures each year. A chosen treatment among professional athletes and media personalities, LASIK and PRK correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism using advanced excimer laser technology. Treatments begin as patients meet with a LASIK MD eyecare professional for a complimentary consultation. The procedure takes about five minutes per eye, and most patients return to work within 24 hours. To monitor healing and evaluate results, each LASIK procedure includes postoperative assessments.
Paul Rooks and Gayle Harrison of 2020 Optical Service match customers to soft contacts, frames, and lenses. With a current prescription in hand, clients discuss soft-contact options with a licensed optician. If more than two years have passed since corneas have scanned outsize capital letters, patients may arrange for a fresh eye exam. With sight newly sharpened and double vision banished, customers exit wearing a pair of trial lenses and clutching a vial of contact solution. For more than two decades, Paul and Kathy Rooks have personally attended to three generations of customers seeking all manner of eyewear including disposable contacts, frames, single-vision lenses, and superhero x-ray goggles.
The ocular experts at Vision Clinic assess eyesight and stock their boutique shelves with frames from names including Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Alain Mikli. Devoted to creating eyewear that suits the wearer’s lifestyle, the staff consults with each client to ensure lenses withstand prolonged staring at computer screens or prolonged staring matches with younger siblings. Once frames are selected, technicians keep them fitting with complimentary adjustments and onsite repairs.
Vision Clinic’s attentive care stretches beyond its shop doors—the practice provides prescription eyewear and exams for the local community. The company also makes frequent contributions to a number of charitable organizations.
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.