Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: One-hour service and free sight test
Brands Used: Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, Persol, Boss, Maui Jim, Prada, Tiffany, Oakley, Versace, Tag Heuer, and Gucci
At Tru-Valu Optical, Dr. Nicholas Catchuk and his team employ more than 100 years of combined optical industry experience to correct ocular troubles. Frames from Optika Eyewear and lenses from French lens powerhouse Essilor fuse together under the team's expert hands. Clients may also choose styles crafted by other brands, including Fysh, Rayban, Guess, Evatik, Mizyake, and Soho Tech. New technologies, such as digital lenses and transition lenses, provide more precise visual correction and a more comfortable experience.
At Rumi Optical, registered opticians evaluate vision and staff members help customers choose the eyewear that best fits their lifestyles and eye sockets. In addition to its own collection, the clinic carries eyeglasses and sunglasses by designers that include Burberry, D&G, Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Gucci. Fashionable frames can be fitted with single-vision or specialty lenses or ignored entirely in favour of contacts.
At English Bay EyeWorx, Dr. Nicholas Catchuk helps patients overcome the anxiety of undergoing eye exams by spelling out each step of the process. He channels his more than 10 years of experience in checking for ailments such as glaucoma and corneal disease and answering questions that range from “is dilating my pupil necessary?” to “why do I light fires when I squint?”
After Dr. Catchuk establishes prescriptions, the crew of opticians helps patients peruse rotating displays of frames by designers such as Versace and Headline. Patients can simultaneously model up to four frames on a split-screen viewer, helpful for comparing which eyewear flatters faces the most or which set of eyes blink first.
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.
Framed prints of flowers hang on dark, burgundy walls, illuminated by light cast from a curved, modern floor lamp. Between them, leather couches and chairs sit waiting to cradle visitors with their wraparound backs and arms. Cream carpeting gives way to tiled flooring as visitors make their way from the waiting area to treatment rooms?and while they walk, they follow in the footsteps of elite clients that include Ravi Bansal, the 2009 Miss Universe Canada contestant.
Within treatment nooks in their locations in Vancouver and Surrey, therapists refine skin and ease tension through a range of services that include massages, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, mani-pedis, and weight-loss treatments, among others. The Compu-Lift machine is one of many star technologies at the med spa, infusing the face with ultrasonic vibration and microcurrents in order to oxygenate skin and counteract signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots that spell out your birth year.