Did you know you can order contact lenses directly from Oak Bay Optometry without even visiting the clinic? It’s as easy as clicking below, answering four questions, and hitting Submit.
What about pricing?
We will discuss prices, including potential rebates, when we contact you to confirm your order.
What if I don’t remember which contact lenses I need or which quantity to order?
Not to worry! Enter an estimated quantity and “N/A” in the ‘type of lenses’ box. When we contact you, we will look up what the doctor has prescribed before discussing quantities and pricing.
What if my prescription is from another clinic?
We need to see a copy of the original prescription. This can be sent to us by fax or email.
How long is my contact lens prescription valid for?
Your prescription is valid for 1 year. However, because we are currently unable to see patients, we are honoring your prescription for 2 years.
How do I pay?
At this time, we are preferring to take payment over the phone to limit contact.
Can my contact lenses be shipped directly to my home address?
Yes! All shipping fees are being waived so there’s no additional cost to having them sent directly to your front door. We’re also offering curb-side pick-ups by appointment only.
How long will it take to receive my contacts?
Your contact lenses with arrive within 3-5 business days.
Can I purchase contact lens solution and cases?
We do offer a few options including Biotrue for $20 and Clear Care for $24. The price is only $5 when you purchase a year supply of contact lenses. You can also find contact lens solution at most pharmacies. Contact lens cases are free. Solution and cases need to be picked up from the clinic.
Are you still collecting used contact lenses to be recycled?
Yes! To limit social contact, please call us to schedule a drop-off time. Take a look at our post Contact Lens Recycling Program to learn more details about how and what can be recycled.
If you have any other questions, please contact us by phone or email.
Properly customized spectacles are more than just a frame, lenses, and a couple of screws. At Oak Bay Optometry, our optometrists determine a prescription and our eyewear stylists use their training and expertise to ensure that you get the best type of frame, lenses, and options for your lifestyle and visual needs.
Have you ever wondered what is involved in ordering a set of glasses? It all starts with an eye examination by an optometrist. The optometrist will ask whether you are having any particular difficulties with your vision, followed by further questions to get an understanding of your particular visual needs. The optometrist will then check how your eyes naturally focus light, either with an automated instrument or with a hand-held retinoscope. This provides a starting point for the prescription.
You may remember being asked “one or two?” at your last eye examination. This part is important. Your optometrist is paying attention to your responses and designing your prescription based on a number of factors — your age, lifestyle, comfort with your previous glasses, eye health, and even your height will affect the fine tuning of your prescription. Your optometrist will also assess your binocular functions, checking to see if you require adjustments, such as prism, to allow your eyes to work properly together. Of course, as part of your full eye exam, a full assessment of ocular health will also be performed.
Once your prescription has been fine-tuned, an optician or eyewear stylist can take the next steps to customize your visual correction. Face shape, strength of prescription, amount of astigmatism, and whether or not you are hard on your glasses will all affect frame selection. Lens selection is even more specialized. Depending on your prescription, different lens materials and curvatures are appropriate. You will be asked about your individual visual needs in order to determine which lens style is suitable. For example, do you do a lot of night driving? Are you an athlete? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors or on the water? Do you spend a large part of your day on the computer? These are all important considerations when choosing lenses. Once frame and lenses are chosen, optical staff will adjust the frame to your face and take specific measurements to make sure the lenses will be properly centered in your frame. All the measurements are verified and final adjustments are made to ensure the glasses are fitting comfortably.
All the little details mentioned above are important in providing comfortable vision and satisfaction with a new pair of glasses. Our team of experts at Oak Bay Optometry will provide you with attentive and individualized care when it comes time to update your spectacles.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. It is something that we monitor for in every full eye health examination, as early detection is key to preventing vision loss. A full eye-health exam will catch signs of the condition, so we can help minimize the loss of vision associated with glaucoma, and provide treatment.
Watch this video from the BC Doctors of Optometry to find out more about Glaucoma, or continue reading below. Of course always feel free to call us with any concerns!
So what is Glaucoma, and how does it impact your vision?
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease in which increased intraocular pressure damages the optic nerve and supporting structures in one or both eyes. The optic nerve takes all of the information seen by the eye and transmits it to the brain. It is experienced as a slow loss of peripheral vision, which ultimately can lead to blindness.
Think of tunnel vision that gets progressively worse. The change is sometimes so slow that patients don’t realize they have lost vision until it is too late — this is why it is called the “silent thief of sight.” Early glaucoma can only be detected by an eye doctor.
At Oak Bay Optometry we have established protocols for detecting, treating, and monitoring glaucoma. For those patients with glaucoma, we will work to control the severity and progress of the disease. More severe cases will be referred to a specialist, which will provide a treatment plan that may involve our clinic monitoring the condition. Our care provides a personalized plan based on the most up to date research on Glaucoma treatment.
Our approach to Glaucoma care:
Our primary goal is to preserve and maintain your vision in a caring, patient-centered environment.
At Oak Bay Optometry, we have specialized equipment that is capable of detecting changes well before any vision loss is noticed. The disease is detected and monitored primarily by using that specialized equipment to assess:
- Structural changes in the eye
- Central corneal thickness
- Eye pressure
- Visual fields
During your initial glaucoma consultation, we will review your case and determine if you are a good candidate for exclusive care. If your glaucoma is too far advanced and/or surgery may be required, we will refer you to a glaucoma surgeon.
Patient-centered care means that you are always eligible to receive treatment from a surgeon while continuing to see our doctors at Oak Bay Optometry for your regular annual exam. A report will always be sent to your family physician to provide updates on the status of your treatment.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration, AMD for short, is the leading cause of blindness in North American adults over the age of 55. It is something that we monitor for in every full eye health examination, as symptoms don’t show until the condition is quite progressed, and vision that is lost cannot be regained. A full eye-health exam will catch early signs of the condition, so we can help minimize the loss of vision associated with the condition.
Watch this video from the BC Doctors of Optometry to find out more about AMD, or continue reading below. Of course always feel free to call us with any concerns!
So what is AMD, and how does it impact your vision?
Your macula is the central part of your retina, which is the part of the eye that is responsible for detailed central vision. This includes your vision for driving, recognizing faces, reading, and more. Macular degeneration is damage to this area, which causes blurring in the central part of your vision.
The early stages of macular degeneration can only be detected by a full eye health examination. A common initial symptom is slightly blurred vision in the center of your focus when doing tasks that require detail. It can also cause straight lines to look distorted or wavy, and dark spots that blank out portions of vision. As the condition worsens your vision decreases.
There are two broad forms of AMD: dry and wet. Dry AMD is much more common and is a gradual progression of the condition in which symptoms develop slowly over time. Wet AMD is much less common, and is a sudden bleeding from the macula and symptoms progress rapidly.
At Oak Bay Optometry we have established protocols for detecting, treating, and monitoring macular degeneration. For those patients with early AMD, we will work to slow the process down and save as much central vision as possible. More severe cases will be referred to a retinal specialist, which will provide a treatment plan that may involve our clinic monitoring the condition. Our care provides a personalized plan based on the most up to date research on AMD prevention.
What can you do to help prevent AMD progression?
Macular degeneration is an age related illness, and the treatment available is preventative lifestyle changes. Certain factors place you at a higher risk to developing AMD – smoking, extensive UV exposure, lack of certain vitamins and nutrients, and a lack of activity have been linked to the condition. Following a healthy lifestyle and having proper UV protection for your eyes are believed to play a central role in preventing AMD. A diet high in green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange fruit, fish, and whole grains all have important nutrients which can help your vision. A proper pair of sunglasses that is well fitted and offers UV exposure is also important to wear in all conditions – even on overcast days.
Macular Degeneration Prevention Program
If signs of macular degeneration is found during your eye health examination your optometrist may recommend monitoring with our macular degeneration prevention program.
A baseline image of your maculas will be obtained using a retinal camera and an Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT).
The retinal camera provides sharp digital images of the surface of the macula. The OCT provides more information about the macula by detailing all of the separate layers of the central retina. This advanced technology allows us to detect more subtle changes in the health of the macula, often before any changes in vision are noticed. This means that disease progression can be caught, and dealt with sooner.
Depending on our findings, a personalized care plan is proposed for your needs. The care plan will include follow-up appointments, retinal photos and/or OCT scans, and will be scheduled at 3, 6, or 12 month intervals to reassess the macula and give further counselling regarding macular health. We want to do everything that we can to protect your central vision.
Hello Spring! Start off the season with new and outstanding eyewear, join us for our Kore Brands Trunk Show to find the perfect pair of glasses. We also have new Gucci eyewear in the store. Help us raise funds for the SPCA during Treat Week, come by for our bake sale or visit our page online.
Cutler and Gross, the British luxury eyewear company most famous for the Kingsman frame (yes, the one in the movie), has been in the eyewear business since 1969. Graham Cutler and Tony Gross, both opticians, established their namesake brand with the help of frame maker George Smith, who made each frame by hand.
Eyeglasses are important medical devices, and a pair of properly prescribed and fitted glasses can be truly life-changing. Our vision is a part of our daily lives, and being comfortable and happy with your vision choices is essential. Eyeglasses help define who we are, highlight features, accessorize outfits, all while performing to meet your visual needs.
Choosing a pair of eyeglasses isn’t just as simple as going to the board and grabbing the first pair you like. We all have different facial shapes and sizes, and frames come in all different shapes and sizes. There are no set “rules” to finding the perfect pair of glasses for you, other than fit is essential! Wear what you like, be bold, but don’t forget to make sure that they fit properly. Fit ensures a comfortable wearing experience, as well as a better visual experience. It is especially important in digital lenses that are built around the optical center. Talk to one of our eyewear stylists to find a frame that fits you perfectly.
There are two common bridge types we see in most glasses: nose pads, a saddle bridge in an acetate frame, or a keyhole bridge in an acetate frame
- both can be very comfortable when properly fitted and adjusted
- nosepads are much more adjustable to a variety of bridge shapes
- acetate saddle bridges must fit perfectly to ensure consistent pressure across the bridge, and reducing slipping down the bridge
- keyhole bridges offer a better fitting option to a wider variety of nose shapes compared to a saddle bridge.
- universal fit bridges offer even more options for fitting a variety of bridges.
Frames should span comfortably across your face, without squeezing in or gaping open at the temples.
- eye should be centered within the lens
- temples should come into contact with the side of the head, but not exerting pressure
There are a variety of different temple types available, and each style fits differently. Your optician will be able to help you determine if the temple length is appropriate for you.
This is a basic idea of what to look for when finding your perfect frame or two to add to your eyewear wardrobe. We are here to help – our dispensing experts can help you find the perfect fit and look of your style dreams!
Pictured from left to right: Caitlyn in a keyhole vibrant green Cutler & Gross acetate frame, a saddle bridge La Marca acetate frame, a universal bridge Native Sons acetate frame, and a semi-rimless nosepad design Barton Perreira.