VICTORIA PRIDE PARADE

Sunday, July 7th, 11 AM- 12:30 PM

On Sunday, July 7th, we will be marching alongside hundreds of others to show our Pride and solidarity with the Queer community! We will be starting in downtown Victoria (at the corner of Pandora & Government) and finishing at MacDonald Park for the Victoria Pride Festival. Dress up in your Pride colours and join us in celebrating inclusivity, visibility, and diversity!

Learn more about Victoria Pride Events and the Parade at Victoria Pride Society.

 

MAUI JIM TRUNK SHOW

Wednesday, July 10th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Lindsey, our Maui Jim rep, will be at Oak Bay Optometry with the newest Maui Jim styles and an infinite amount of knowledge! If you have any questions about Maui Jim sunglasses, this is a great time to stop by the clinic. In addition, you have the opportunity to try a vast number of styles and colours.

 

KIDS EXAMS ARE FREE

Did you know children under the age of 19 are covered by BC MSP for eye exams once yearly? Now is a good time to have your children’s eyes checked before the school year starts up again. Call or book online today!

 

NEW CHARLIE SUN KIDS SUNGLASSES

Summer has begun and the sun is out in full force, make sure your children’s eyes are protected from harmful UV rays. We have new Charlie Sun sunglasses in-store to help with exactly that. Available in a range of sizes from 1 – 9+, Charlie sun offers polarized lenses and UV protection, all in a stylish frame with 180 degree flex temples.

Learn more in our post The Importance of UV Protection for Kids.

 

CLOSED

Monday, August 5th

Have a wonderful long weekend!

 

ETNIA BARCELONA TRUNK SHOW

Thursday, August 22nd, 12 PM – 6 PM

Come out and celebrate Oak Bay Optometry’s 26th Anniversary alongside our Etnia Barcelona Trunk Show! We will have the entire Etnia Barcelona collection in the clinic for you to view and try on. Enjoy some sweet treats, shop the Etnia collection, and celebrate our 26th anniversary!

 

CHERISH TICKETS AVAILABLE

We are excited to be a part of Cherish, Victoria’s premiere fall fashion show fundraiser. Help us to raise funds for Victoria Women’s Transition House and Dance Victoria Society. You don’t want to miss out on this evening full of fashion and dance! Tickets are on sale now, click below to learn more!

Purchase tickets here!

 

Kids Sunglasses

Hurray! School is out for summer and that means more fun in the sun! Days spent building sand castles on the beach, playing at the park, and exploring outdoors can lead to prolonged sun exposure. Since kids have no problem playing outside from sunrise to sunset, it is especially important to have proper protection from the suns harmful rays. Learn how UV radiation affects your child’s eyes and how to keep their eyes safe!

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Wow it’s already June! By the end of the month, school will be all finished up and we’ll be in full summer mode. We have a lot going on this month! Start by coming by the Maui Jim Trunk Show to help prepare your eyes for the longest day of the year. Then, hope on your bike and join us for Ride Don’t Hide, Canada’s largest bike ride in support of mental health. And don’t forget, tickets are selling out fast for Cherish: A Glamorous Evening of Fashion and Philanthropy!

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

 

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Barton Perreira is much loved by customers, staff, and celebrities alike, so what’s all the hype about? We have gathered information on the brand inspiration, the dedication to craftsmanship (check out the video on how they Barton Perreira frames are made by hand in Japan), and the high-quality materials to help showcase what sets them apart from other eyewear brands.  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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Hurray May! Rain or shine, we have some fun events coming up including a Barton Perreira Trunk Show and training for the Ride Don’t Hide fundraising bike ride in June. In addition, Oak Bay Optometry will have a team racing in the Oak Bay Half Marathon Relay (yes, we are apparently an office of full of athletes).  We have new Axon Optics lens technology available for those who experience sensitivity to light and migraine, also beautiful new frames from WOOW, Kilsgaard, and Lamarca. Click below to learn more!

 

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Welcome April and hello spring! Here at Oak Bay Optometry we’re excited to ease out of winter hibernation and soak up some sunshine. We have plenty going on this month, including a trunk show and customer appreciation BBQ, new contact lens technology, and some great offers on sunglasses. Check out below to find out more!

 

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Sunglasses

Now that spring has sprung and patio season has begun, sunglasses have become an everyday essential once again. With all the products and information out there, it’s important to know what’s what. With our Sunglasses Edit, we hope to answer any and all of your questions about sunglasses. If you have any sunglass inquiries or questions, please contact us on Instagram, Facebook, or via email.

Over the years, we have become increasingly aware of how harmful UVA and UVB rays can be to our skin, but what about our eyes?

UVA and UVB radiation can be especially harmful to your eyes and the skin surrounding them. Excessive exposure can lead to a higher risk of eye diseases (such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and snow blindness), increase the risk of skin cancer, and accelerate aging (yes, wrinkles ladies and gentlemen).

So what can we do to defend against harmful radiation and keep our eyes happy and healthy? (And look fabulous, obviously)

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Eye implant

Researchers at Caltech looked to nature for inspiration to design effective, longer-lasting eye implants.

Hyuck Choo, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, has been working on designing an implant that measure intra-optical pressure in glaucoma patients.

The tiny implant flexes as eye pressure changes, and this change can be measured using a handheld reader. The problem he ran into was that to get accurate measurements the reader must be held at exactly a 90 degree angle with respect to the implant.

The Glasswing Butterfly’s wings are coated in tiny pillars, about 150 nanometers apart and 100 nanometer in diameter. These pillars redirect light from any angle, greatly reducing reflections, a phenomenon known as “angle-independent anti-reflection.”

By creating a nanostructured coating in mimicry of the butterfly’s wings, the light from the reader will pass through the implant and give the correct reading independent of the angle.

“The nanostructures unlock the potential of this implant, making it practical for glaucoma patients to test their own eye pressure every day,” Choo says.

As an additional bonus, the nanostructures discourage fouling of the implant by trapping a layer of water around it. According to Vinayak Narasimhan, a graduate student at Calktech working on the project, “Cells attach to an implant by binding with proteins that are adhered to the implant’s surface. The water, however, prevents those proteins from establishing a strong connection on this surface.”

The results of this project were published in the April 30 edition of Nature Nanotechnology. This article is from Research Updates in Optometry. To read more about this interesting prospect check out: Caltechs Article

Hello everyone!

I’m writing to you from our surf hostel in Malika, near Dakar in Senegal as we unwind from our clinic days.

Our team visited two health posts over the course of our trip: Bandafassi and Ethiolo. In Bandafassi, we saw approximately 255 patients over the course of 3 days of clinic, and just under 500 over 3 clinic days in Ethiolo. Because we had a slower flow of patients than most VOSH clinics, we were able to truly take our time with each patient, getting to know each person and provide them with the best care we could offer. Our two ODs, Dr. Shea Colpitts and Dr. Neil Paterson, were the best mentors we could have asked for. They pushed us to use our clinical skills and reasoning every single day.

Over the course of the two clinics, we encountered many different pathologies, including trachoma, corneal scarring, complications of trauma, keratoconus, hypertensive retinopathy, early onset macular degeneration, and more. The most concerning cases were those with active trachoma. These cases often afflicted children of the same families. We treated these cases with oral and topical antibiotics, and educated parents on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of active trachoma. By far, the most common pathologies were due to sun damage. For example, many patients had early onset cataracts, pterygiums, pinguecula, and maculopathies. We dispensed sunglasses to almost every patient who came through our clinics. This opportunity was such a valuable learning experience for all who participated.

The people in Bandafassi and in Ethiolo were incredibly warm and welcoming to our group. Many of our patients travelled long distances (some even on foot!) to come to our clinic. I worked with a woman named Hawa who wanted to follow my penlight with her head instead of only her eyes (she thought she was sneaky enough to get away with it). Each time I reminded her to keep her head still we would both dissolve into a fit of giggles as she realized she’d been caught. Patient #200 in Bandafassi was a man who walked for several hours to arrive at our clinic just as we were packing up for the day. We agreed to see him that day. He left looking stylish in a new pair of bifocal sunglasses with rose coloured lenses. A flute player came to our last clinic day in Bandafassi. When we asked for his contact information, all he told us was that he was the village flute player and that everyone at the health post would know where to find him. He had bilateral ptosis and when we asked him to cover one eye to take visual acuities, he laughed, reached around his head with his hand, and lifted one lid so he could see the visual acuity chart. We were so lucky to have met and worked alongside so many incredible people over the past two weeks, and none of us will ever forget our experience here.

In the end, we referred 46 patients for cataract surgery (should they choose to undergo the procedure). We dispensed at least 750 pairs of sunglasses, 400 pairs of reading glasses, and 300 pairs of prescription distance glasses. Thanks to all those who donated to our drugs and surgery fund, we were able to provide care to the people who needed it.