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.

Raen sunglasses

 

 

Founder’s Justin Heit, Jordan Percy, and professional surfer Jeremy Heit started RAEN in 2008. Inspired by their hometown of Oceanside, California, each design is influenced by the eccentricity and uniqueness of Southern California.

 

 

RAEN sunglasses

 

RAEN is an independent company using premium materials to create fashion-forward optical frames and sunglasses. Each acetate is hand-picked and originates from the renewable resources of wood pulp and natural cotton fibers.

 

 

 

 

Rather than colour being sprayed on, these acetates have the hue embedded within the material. This allows the acetates to retain their brightness rather than fade over time.

All RAEN sunglass lenses are manufactured by Carl Zeiss. They are CR-39 material with both tinted and polarized lenses available, in addition to offering 100% UVA and UVB protection. All sun lenses can be swapped for prescription sun lenses (this is where we come in handy) or can be worn without a prescription.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re looking for something classic or funkier, a clear optical frame or a fresh pair of sunglasses, you are destined to the perfect frame from RAEN’s extensive selection.

 

 

 

 

Come by Oak Bay Optometry to experience the SoCal cool for yourself. We will be hosting a Trunk Show featuring the entire RAEN collection, find all the details below:

Kore Brands Trunk Show

Shop the newest collections from Cutler and Gross, RAEN, Native Sons, and Yuichi Toyama.

When: Thursday, March 12th

12 PM – 6 PM

Where: Oak Bay Optometry

2075 Cadboro Bay Road

KORE BRANDS TRUNK SHOW

Thursday, March 12th

12 PM – 6 PM

Are you hoping to see all available style, size, and colours in four handcrafted eyewear brands? This is a great opportunity to shop the newest collections from independent eyewear brands Cutler & Gross, Native Sons, Raen, and Yuichi Toyama. Enjoy some delicious offerings from Sidney Scones and sip a cozy drink while our Eyewear Stylists help you find the perfect pair of glasses!

Learn more about the featured brands below:

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. For decades, Cutler and Gross have been seen on some of the most recognizable faces in music, film, and art. These frames combine “the finest of Italian craftsmanship with irrefutably cool style”.

Inspired by and designed in Southern California, RAEN offers carefully crafted eyewear at an accessible price point. RAEN is an independent company using premium materials to create fashion-forward optical frames and sunglasses. Whether you’re looking for something classic or more funky, you are destined to the perfect frame from their extensive selection.

Native Sons eyewear is handcrafted in Japan. This original eyewear is designed with a rebellious spirit using only the highest quality acetate and metals.

A new addition, can only be seen at Oak Bay Optometry during the Trunk Show, is Yuichi Toyama. This eyewear line is pure design and structure, simple yet unique. Yuichi Toyama is made in Japan using Japanese craftsmanship and innovative design.

 

SPCA TREAT WEEK FUNDRAISER

We’re participating in Treat Week to help raise funds for the BC SPCA. From now until March 12th, we will offering sweet treats (baked by our very talented staff) in the clinic in exchange for a donation.

You can also visit our team page at

Oak Bay Optometry Tail Waggers

to make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support! We, at Oak Bay Optometry, and all the puppies, kittens, gerbils, and bunnies very much appreciate your help!

 

MAUI JIM SHOWCASE

Wednesday, March 4th

11:30 AM – 3 PM

Come by and shop the entire Maui Jim and Zeal collections. Try the PolarizedPlus2 technology and custom lens colors and experience the elevated quality of Maui Jim sunglasses. Our Maui Jim rep, Lindsey, will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

 

NEW GUCCI EYEWEAR

We are excited to now be offering Gucci eyeglasses in store. Come by Oak Bay Optometry to try our new selection of frames.

 

WOOW COLLECTION SHOWCASE

Are you a fan of colourful, fun, and vibrant frames? Visit Oak Bay Optometry during the week for of March 2nd to see the entire WOOW collection. WOOW is a brand that prides themselves on being electric and cheeky with their designs. Stop by to see what all the excitement is about!

 

HAVE A QUESTION?

We want to hear from you! Are you looking for more information about glasses, appointments, contact lenses, treatments, or anything eye and eye care related? Contact us through email, Facebook, or Instagram with your questions.

 

Cutler and Gross Eyewear

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.

 

They launched there first ready to wear collection at Paris Fashion Week in 1982. Soon after, the eyewear could be seen on famous faces such as Princess Anne and Princess Diana.

 

For decades, Cutler and Gross glasses have continued to be seen on some of the most recognizable faces in music, film, and art.

 

Today, Cutler and Gross frames can be seen on many fellow independent thinkers and cutting edge visionaries, such as Honey Dijon, Linda Rodin, and Brian A. Richards.

 

 

Cutler and Gross is an independent brand; they have the courage not to follow the crowd. They introduced bold eyewear meant to be a fashion accessory and not just a medical aid. These frames combine “the finest of Italian craftsmanship with irrefutably cool style”.

 

 

All Cutler And Gross glasses are hand-crafted in Cadore, Italy. They use only the highest quality Italian acetate, rivets, and lenses.

Each frame requires 42 tailored steps to produce. The entire process is completed by hand and can take up to six weeks to complete.

Come by Oak Bay Optometry to experience the quality and style for yourself. We will be hosting a Trunk Show featuring the entire Cutler and Gross collection, find all the details below:

Kore Brands Trunk Show

Shop the newest collections from Cutler and Gross, RAEN, Native Sons, and Yuichi Toyama.

When: Thursday, March 12th

12 PM – 6 PM

Where: Oak Bay Optometry

2075 Cadboro Bay Road

 

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.

Bridge Fit

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.

Frame Width

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

Temple Length

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.

Time to shake off January and say hello to brand new month! This February we’re getting started with some fun events and a new frame line. Please check below regarding our office hours, we do have a few temporary changes to our hours starting February 16th. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to stay in the know.

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It’s not every day we see snow in Victoria, BC (thankfully!), likewise, it’s not every day we at Oak Bay Optometry have the opportunity to grace the runway in custom clothing paired with Transition lenses. We had a blast channeling our inner Cindy Crawford, but the glitz and glam didn’t stop there, we also learned all about the newest and best Transitions technology. Click below to learn more!

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! We hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. 2020 is going to be a big year for optometry and we can’t wait to share all the exciting things we have planned for the upcoming year. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to stay in the know.

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Happy Holidays! We have some exciting announcements as we finish off 2019. For starters, we’re happy to now be offering a contact lens recycling program. It’s as easy as bringing in your contacts, blister packs, and foils into Oak Bay Optometry and dropping them in the specific recycling bin. As well, our Dry Eye Program is underway. Check out the information below or on our website to learn more. You could win tickets to see your favorite holiday movie by entering our Instagram contest. And finally, we will be taking a few days off over the holidays to be with friends and family. We can’t wait to see you again in 2020!

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