LAFONT TRUNK SHOW

Thursday, November 21st

12 PM – 6 PM

Mark your calendars for the Lafont Paris Trunk Show! We will have the entire Lafont collection for you to shop while enjoying some Parisienne-inspired snacks (Bon Macaron anyone?) and drinks. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore all the styles, sizes, and colours offered by Lafont Paris. Our eyewear specialists will be on hand to help you select the perfect pair of glasses.

It’s guaranteed to be une journée remplie de plaisir!

 

OUT OF OFFICE

We will be closed

Monday, November 11th

Lest we forget. Today we remember our heroes and the sacrifices they’ve made.

 

NEW RAPP EYEWEAR

Handmade in Toronto, Canada

We’re excited to now be one of the select optical boutiques to offer Rapp Eyewear!

These bespoke eyeglasses are designed and manufactured entirely in Toronto, Canada. Each limited addition collection is created using the highest quality acetate and brushed titanium.

Rapp offers a look unlike any other. Their exploration of bold color and industrial shape is certainly built for those looking for one-of-a-kind eyewear. Follow us on Instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to see and learn more about Rapp and come into Oak Bay Optometry to try these unique frames on for yourself.

 

CONTACT LENS RECYCLING PROGRAM

We’re now offer a contact lens recycling program through Bausch & Lomb. Collect your discarded contact lenses and blister packs and return them to Oak Bay Optometry to be recycled. All the cardboard packaging can be recycled through your regular municipal recycling program.

Come by Oak Bay Optometry to learn more!

 

MAUI JIM SHOWCASE

Wednesday, November 6th

11 AM – 3 PM

Stop by Oak Bay Optometry to shop and learn about Maui Jim sunglasses. Our Maui Jim representative, Lindsey, will be in-store to answer any questions and help you find the perfect style and fit.

 

NEW KIDS EYEWEAR

We’re now carrying the fun and creative kids eyewear line, Very French Gangster. These frames are handcrafted in France with high quality components such as: “repairable German-quality flexible hinges which will withstand the most daring children; the adjustable arms in silicone bisphenol-free and phthalate-free for the “arm chewers”; the Italian Mazzucchelli acetate plates.”

Very French Gangster, while designed for younger gangsters, are also perfect for older gangsters with a more petite face shape.

Come by Oak Bay Optometry or follow us on instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to learn more.

 

 

 

October What's New

NEW RAPP EYEWEAR

We’re excited to now be one of the select optical boutiques to off Rapp Eyewear!

These bespoke eyeglasses are designed and manufactured entirely in Toronto, Canada. Each limited addition collection is created using the highest quality acetate and brushed titanium.

Rapp offers a look unlike any other. Their exploration of bold color and industrial shape is certainly built for those looking for one-of-a-kind eyewear. Follow us on Instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to see and learn more about Rapp and come into Oak Bay Optometry to try these unique frames on for yourself.

 

MAUI JIM TRUNK SHOW

Wednesday, October 2nd

11 AM – 3 PM

Stop by Oak Bay Optometry to shop and learn about Maui Jim sunglasses. Our Maui Jim representative, Lindsey, will be in-store to answer any questions and help you find the perfect style and fit.

 

OUT OF OFFICE

We will be out of the office

Monday, October 14th

Regular weekend hours still apply. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

CHERISH FUNDRAISER

Thursday, October 24th

Cherish, Victoria’s premiere fall fashion show fundraiser, is only a few weeks away. Join us for an unforgettable evening of glamour, style, and dance. Tulipe Noire, Hughes Clothing, Outlooks for Men, Artsee Eyewear, and yours truly will be styling some of the finest dancers. Sip champagne and enjoy hors d’oeurves while these dancers sashay down the runway. And treat yourself with something from the silent and live auction. You deserve it!

All proceeds go towards Victoria Women’s Transition House and Dance Victoria Society.

Visit rmts.bc.ca for more information

 

LAFONT TRUNK SHOW

Thursday, November 21st

12 PM – 6 PM

Mark your calendars for the Lafont Paris Trunk Show! We will have the entire Lafont collection for you to shop while enjoying some Parisienne-inspired snacks and drinks. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore all the styles, sizes, and colours offered by Lafont Paris. Our eyewear specialists will be on hand to help you select the perfect pair.

It’s guaranteed to be une journée remplie de plaisir!

 

WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM BLUE LIGHT PROTECTION?

Our day-to-day lives are intertwined with digital devices. Whether you’re checking social media on your phone or working on the computer, reading on your Kindle, or spending extended time under fluorescent and LED lighting, our exposure to blue light is increasing exponentially.

Experiencing eye strain, dry eyes, and even blurriness can be signs of digital fatigue. Lenses that filter blue light can help to relieve these symptoms. Learn more about blue light protection and how to relieve digital fatigue symptoms over on the blog.

Would You Benefit From Blue Light Protection?

 

 

Blue Light Filter

 

How MSN Messenger changed my life

 

This story begins around the turn of the century (Y2K anyone?) when I created my first Hotmail account and thus became a frequent user of MSN messenger (my fellow elder Millenials will remember these times but for the younger generations, MSN was like the Snapchat of today but without pictures or video, we had it rough back in those days). No longer did I have to pick up the phone, I could just send a quick message online. This moment marked when digital devices became the ideal form of communication and entertainment, from then on (I hate to admit) I became glued to the computer.

By the time I was in University, almost all my textbooks were accessible online, essays were written in a word document, projects were submitted through the student portal, entire classes and lectures were completed and attended online, and I was googling like a maniac! This meant hours of time spent in front of a computer screen. And when I wasn’t studying on the computer, I was on my phone checking Facebook and texting friends.

Fast forward to today, my job doesn’t require me to sit at a desk all day but I still spend significant time on the computer. Records have moved from paper to digital, meetings are done using Skype, emailing is taking preference over phone calls, social media has become a significant marketing tool, and I’m typing this blog post on the computer rather than writing it out with a pen and paper. Even fluorescent and LED lighting in the office emit blue light. After work, I am using my cell phone to keep up with friends and family, track my fitness, pay my bills, and edit photos all while watching Netflix on the flat screen tv (my decreasing attention span is a whole other issue). 

So what does my technological timeline have to do with you? Allow me to divulge one more piece of information, I was beginning to feel eye strain, eye fatigue, and dry eyes. When I brought this up with friends and family, they were experiencing the same symptoms. Could these be symptoms of living a life dominated by screens and prolonged exposure to fluorescent and LED lighting?

 

Here’s what I have learned …

 

Most of our blue light exposure comes from the sun and is essential to us homo sapiens (and most other species as well). Science has shown that blue light is necessary for helping to regulate our circadian rhythms (sleep and wake cycles) and balance our hormones. 

Our ancestor’s exposure to blue light came exclusively from the sun. Yet today, almost everywhere we look we’re exposed to blue light, day and night. The way we live our lives and the time we spend on our devices is changing our exposure to blue light and the way we use our eyes.

We are still learning just what kind of effects blue light exposure can have on our eyes over the short and long term and if any cumulative damage may occur due to this increased exposure. However, from experience, the symptoms were undeniable. 

 

So how can we relieve these symptoms?

 

Thankfully, improvements in technology and changes to our behaviour can help protect us from potentially harmful blue light. Here are 4 solutions that help to reduce symptoms: 

  1. Blue light filter lenses – These lenses will help to block harmful parts of the blue light spectrum emitted from your devices. They are available with a prescription or without and can be put into a frame of your choice.
  2. Photochromic lenses – Photochromic (lenses that darken, most commonly, under UV light) can help with light sensitivity and help to filter blue light. This style of lens is available with a prescription or without.
  3. Reduce screen time – Reducing screen time is probably an obvious solution but turning off all devices 2-3 hours before bed is especially important. Use a Screen Time app to help you monitor how much time you’re spending on your phone. 
  4. Follow the 20-20-20 rule – Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. While we’re looking at a screen our eyes actually blink less than if we’re looking off into the distance. 

 

Would you benefit from blue light protection?

 

Do you find yourself spending great quantities of time on your phone, the computer, watching television, or under fluorescent and LED lighting? Does your job or school require you to spend a few hours at a time on one of these devices? Are you experience eye fatigue, strain, or dry eyes while using this technology? A blue light filter may help to relieve these symptoms. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how blue light filter and photochromic lenses may be beneficial to you, come visit one of your eyewear specialists at Oak Bay Optometry. 

 

 

Further Reading

https://opto.ca/health-library/blue-light-is-there-risk-of-harm 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25535358 

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

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Etnia Barcelona is an eyewear brand with a colourful history. When the first collection was launched in 2001, it revolutionized the way frames were designed by injecting them with an array of colours. Since then, the brand and collection have grown to become synonymous with creativity and high-quality, all while remaining an independent company.

Continue reading to learn more about how three generations of expertise have helped build Etnia Barcelona into the brand it is today.

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Did you know you can book your appointment online? Click below to learn more.

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Here at Oak Bay Optometry we’re excited to welcome Acuvue® Oasys with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ to the contact lens family.

Now that we have had the opportunity to try them for a couple weeks, the feedback is in. Contact lens wearers have said the Acuvue® Oasys with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ have helped their eyes relax in bright light, reduce squinting, all while remaining comfortable throughout the day.

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