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Inside a Life With Colour Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be colour blind? Contrary to what the name implies, colour blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any colour, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colours. This is why many prefer the term colour vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract in at least one eye....

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In an effort to spread the word to increase awareness about Sjogren’s Disease, eye care providers are speaking out about this hard-to-diagnose condition. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other...

Eye Health For Women

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to protect your eyes for...

Understanding Eye Colour

Eye colour is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The colour of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a coloured ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Canada Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity which can’t be corrected to better than 20/70, significant visual field...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old to have a regular eye...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

Happy Holidays!

(from lefty to right) Dr. McRoberts, Dr. Davidson, Dr. Bowden All of the Staff at Optomeyes!...

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. Here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. A cataract is a clouding of...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

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Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

Congratulations Raflle Winner Anna!

Congratulations to Anna T. who won our raffle from the Modern Family Fair on Sunday the 23rd! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to speak with Dr. McRoberts and Dr. Davidson....

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments to daily life. Here are some...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 9 million Canadians suffer from diabetes according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults in the North America. If you or someone you care for...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

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The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. Here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know suffers an eye injury. The very first...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

Cataract Awareness

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

We are excited to announce our new eye doctor!

Dr. McRoberts and Dr. Bowden are excited to welcome Dr. Davidson to their optometry practice. She brings with an array of experience in ocular disease and pediatric eye care. She will be available to see patients in July. CLICK HERE to read her bio....

Free Vision Shaping Treatment (VST) Seminar at Optomeyes Squamish

Would you like clear, 20-20 vision without eye glasses, contacts, or surgery? You may be a candidate for vision shaping therapy (VST). Dr. Bart McRoberts and Dr. Clark Bowden have been successfully and safely performing this procedure for hundreds of patients. If you're interested in correcting your nearsightedness while you...

Congratulations, winners!

Congratulations to our guessing competition winners from the Kindergarten fair on Saturday. Karina guessed there were 400 beads and there were 482, and Cohen (pictured below) guessed 75 Lego beads and there were 76. Thank you to everyone who came by our booth!...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Vision Health Month

May is Vision Health Month! To celebrate, Dr. McRoberts and Dr. Bowden are donating $2 from every full eye exam conducted in the month of May to the CNIB. If you've already had your eye exam but would like to donate, we are also taking a collection, or visit www.visionhealthmonth.cnib.ca....

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe For Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

Optomeyes West Vancouver is hosting a free seminar about Vision Shaping Treatment

Optomeyes West Vancouver is hosting a free seminar about Vision Shaping Treatment in April. See below for more details about this event: For more information on Vision Shaping Treatment, please visit our article here: http://www.optomeyes.ca/vision-shaping-treatment...

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The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

New! Direct billing available for select insurance carriers.

Do you have a Great West Life or Sun Life Financial insurance plan? If so, good news! Optomeyes Squamish and West Vancouver can now direct bill these plans on your behalf. Please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment....

Be Aware During National Diabetes Month

Even many people with the disease are not aware that diabetes can lead to vision loss. In fact, the risk is so high that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults under 75. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is retinal damage caused by an increase...

Congratulations Senior’s Fair raffle winner!

Congratulations to Elizabeth, who won our raffle at the Senior's Fair! Elizabeth won some Blink Gel, Omega 3 supplements, vitamins, and a pair of Cocoon sunglasses.                           Thank you to everyone who came by our Halloween-themed  table. It...

Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially made to fix your astigmatism? Firstly, what is astigmatism? An eye with astigmatism has a differently shaped cornea, which means that light entering your eye through the cornea struggles to come to a single focal point on the retina, resulting in...

A Closer Look at Retinoscopy

Sometimes, especially when performing an eye exam on small children the optometrist will focus a light in the eye. But what does this do? Firstly, this test is a retinoscopy examination, and if you struggle with accurate vision, this is a basic way the optometrist might find out. By looking...

What All Smartphone Users Should Know

If you look around, you will probably discover that most people - regardless of age - are using mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. Nevertheless a lot of people have...

Focusing on Multifocal Lenses

Are you experiencing trouble when reading fine print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. If you already wear glasses for distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't need to carry a separate pair of reading glasses. This is because of multifocal lenses, which...

Focusing on Eye Patches

Lazy eyes are pretty common, and are also quite easy to rectify. It forms when sight in one eye is stifled. This may occur if a child can't see well through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Coupled with corrective glasses, one of...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

To all those with eye exams scheduled for the near future, can we have your attention please? There are a few things you should tell our eye doctors so that we can guarantee your vision is analyzed adeptly and thoroughly. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes...

The Mechanics of Night Vision

Everyone has found themselves in a dark room, at one point or another, whether it be during childhood, due to a power outage, or just waking up in the middle of the night. Gradually, the things in the room begin become visible. This remarkable process is ''dark adaptation''. A person...

Focusing on Presbyopia

As much as we wish it weren't so, having trouble reading is a common occurrence in middle aged people. Seeing things that are up close is a visual function that weakens as you age. This is why: Because as you age, your eye's lens is likely to become more and...

Toys and Eye Safety

It can be challenging to choose toys that are safe for our kids' eyes. Infants are born with an immature visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct sort of stimulation. There aren't many things that encourage a child's visual development more easily than toys and activities...

Back To School With Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Kids everywhere are preparing for the fast-approaching school year, with their backpacks, new books and a whole lot of anticipation. And actually, this is the perfect time to take your child to an eye exam, if you haven't already covered that...

Under the Radar: Convergence Insufficiency

So many children are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when actually, that isn't the problem at all. You may be relieved to know that he or she might have a hard-to-detect condition that hinders learning. It's known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a near vision problem...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

It's safe to assume that you've stumbled upon the expressions visual acuity and 20/20 vision. As frequently used as these terms are, do most people actually know their meaning? The term 20/20 indicates the clarity and sharpness of eyesight from 20 feet away. When you have 20/20 eyesight, that basically...

Coloured Contacts

Have you thought about trying coloured contacts? There are lots of colour contact lenses to choose from, whether you want to subtly boost or noticeably alter the colour of your eyes. There is a whole spectrum of colored lenses on the market today, so you're sure to find just what...

Keeping Lids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and...

The Importance of Changing Your Contact Lenses

Have there been times when you've left your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a basic fact that so many things are better when they are fresh. Guess what? The same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing your lenses. There is...

Optomeyes doctors and patients donate to CNIB

In support of vision health month, Dr. McRoberts and Dr. Bowden donated $2 from every eye exam fee for the month of May to the Canadian National Institue for the Blind (CNIB). We also received donations from many patients - on behalf of the CNIB, thank you! Dr. McRoberts (right)...

What To Know About Cataracts

Did you know that cataracts are the main cause of vision loss among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of those 65 and older has at the very least, partial cataract development. By old age, it is anticipated that most people will have gotten a cataract, or...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. Even though this is the case, the potential risks related to long-term exposure to these harmful rays are rarely thought about, to a point where most people take little action to shield their eyes, even if they're expecting to...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined regularly is one of the best steps you can take to make sure your eyes remain healthy. During this session, your eye care professional thoroughly...

Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Event!

Optomeyes Squamish participated in the annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters Wii bowl event again this year. As well as donating prizes, our team Eye Candy raised $500 dollars for the charity! A great big Thank You! to everyone who sponsored us and bought yummy treats at our bake sale....

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Congratulations to our winner of the 8GB iPod touch!

Congratulations to Squamish patient Linda, who won an 8GB iPod touch for liking us on Facebook! Entering our online raffles is easy to do - simply visit our Facebook Page and hit the "Like" button. We will raffle off a prize every two months to a random fan of our...

“Like” us on Facebook a chance to win SPY sunglasses!

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Knowing When to Get Your Vision Checked

A decline in strong vision is usually the result of several possible conditions such as anatomical changes in the eye, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injuries to the eye. Lots of people also suffer from visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye strain. This can cause changes...

What All Women Should Know About Health and Vision

The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among the female population is increasingly common, especially in older women. In fact, studies show that most women going through middle age have some sort of eyesight impairment, and risk developing conditions like dry...

Bake Sale for Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity!

On Saturday, April 21st, staff members of Optomeyes Squamish will be bowling to raise money in support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. There are two ways you can help! Please visit Optomeyes Squamish and buy some yummy treats in our bake sale for the Big Brothers Big...

Proper Eye Protection for Sports

When the spring comes, along with often warmer weather, comes an increase in the risk of sports related eye injuries. Every year, many people, both young and old sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be averted with the right protection. Wearing proper eye protection...

Congratulations winners!

Congratulations to our raffle winners, Baljit Ghumman and Amy Wyatt! They have each won two tickets to see The Cemetery Club, put on by Squamish's own Between Shifts Theatre. Thank you to everyone who entered. Our next ticket raffle will be for Sherlock Holmes in November. Good luck!...

Driving with Good Vision

When on the road, the need for good vision can not be overemphasized. Actually, safety on the road requires a number of visual capabilities like distance and near vision, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, plus many others. Being able to see well into the distance is very...

Vision at Work

For many, the work environment can be a harmful place for the eyes. It is important for both companies and their employees to be educated about workplace eye safety and precautions to prevent work related eye incidents. Each day, employees suffer from job related eye injuries that require the attention...

Astigmatism: Facts and Answers

The cornea surrounding your pupil and iris is, under normal conditions, spherical. As light enters your eye from all angles, part of the role of your cornea is to project that light, directing it to your retina, right in the rear part of your eye. What happens when the cornea...

Our West Vancouver office has moved!

Dr. McRoberts, Dr. Bowden and all the staff at Optomeyes are pleased to announce the renovation and relocation of our West Vancouver office. Our new office is larger, with more frame selection and more room for testing to allow us to better serve our patients. We’ve added an advanced Macular...

Dealing With Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, colloquially called pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections, particularly with kids. This infection can be caused by viruses, bacteria or allergens like chlorine in swimming pools, pollen, and ingredients found in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch your eyes. Certain forms of pink eye are...

Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of loss of vision in individuals aged 65 and above. AMD is a condition that causes a breakdown of the macula in the eye which is responsible for clear vision in the center of your field of view. Signs...

Contact Solution Only!

Contact lens wearers be fully aware of the importance of proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that a large number of adults are using potentially harmful lubricants instead of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum...

All About Wintertime Dry Eye Syndrome

You Need to Wear Shades in the Wintertime too!

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some areas biting winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. You wouldn't ever conceive of leaving the house without a coat in freezing conditions, but unfortunately, far too many people don't think to wear sunglasses. Although many of...

Heighten Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to review the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a group of ocular disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve, which may cause a loss of vision. If untreated,...

Aging and Your Vision – Presbyopia

Visit your West Vancouver, BC or Squamish, BC Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults begin to experience presbyopia or a diminished ability to focus on things that are close, as they get older. With the increasing worldwide population reaching older ages, a significant number of individuals are...

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are just around the corner which means toys and presents. Adoring aunts and uncles enjoy treating the favorite little ones with the coolest toys to start off the New Year. It is important that family members explain to relatives the rules about eye safety and choosing toys. Accidents...

Don’t Lose Your Flex Spending Account Dollars!

Looking for a new pair of eye glasses for the kids? Think it's time for an eye examination? Contemplating refractive surgery? The season has arrived to save big on your eye care needs. The end of the year is fast approaching which means that flex spending dollars will soon expire....

What is Colour Blindness?

 

Learn About Diabetic Retinopathy and Loss of Eyesight During National Diabetes Month

Did you know that diabetes is the dominant causal factor of blindness among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four? Since 2008, over four million men and women in North America suffering from diabetes were diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Of this group, seventy thousand had severe diabetic retinopathy,...

All You Need to Know About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Treatment in Squamish and Vancouver, BC

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is the failure for central vision to develop appropriately due to the failure of the two eyes to function together. With most instances of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health but visual acuity cannot be achieved by just glasses. When left...

Senior’s Health and Wellness Fair Prize Winners!

Optomeyes Squamish is pleased to announce the winners of the raffle held at the annual Senior's Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday the 26th of October! The winners of our raffle were Bill Ross and Sandra Lorman, who each won: A pair of COCOONS! Lens cleaner and cleaning cloth Blink Gel...

Squamish and Vancouver, BC. Eye Examinations: Exploring the Eye Chart

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it truly represents? The phrase 20/20 eyesight describes a normal level of sharpness of eyesight also known as visual acuity measured from 20 feet away from the object. In other words an individual with 20/20...

Squamish and Vancouver, BC Treatment for Autumn Eye Allergies

  Although many associate seasonal allergies with the arrival of spring, a large number of individuals endure symptoms during the autumn months as well. In addition to sneezing and congestion, eye allergies are often a significant cause of discomfort. When suffering from allergies, the eyes can become itchy, puffy, and...

This Halloween Beware of Decorative Contacts

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some scary eye damage. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become popular especially with teenagers and young adults and the trend is alarming eye...

Squamish and Vancouver, BC Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Eye Fatigue

The American Optometric Association states that more than seven out of 10 of workers that work daily on a computer monitor (close to 143 million ) suffer from computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of sitting at the computer can result in eye fatigue and impact eyesight in...

Sea to Sky Family Fair Prize Winners!

Squamish Optometry Clinic is pleased to announce the winners of the guessing competitions and raffle held at the second annual Sea to Sky Family Fair on Saturday, the 17th of September. The winner of our raffle was Deb Finck, who won a pair of Nike sunglasses, with case, cleaner and...

Eye Safety at Home

  In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house safe for your eyes particularly when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. Naturally, children...

Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Squamish and West Vancouver Eye Care Doctors

If you wear contact lenses a few guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Here are some basic tips for how to ensure your eyes stay beautiful and safe. Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes? First and foremost, we recommend you purchase only brands that are oil and fragrance...

Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunblock and eyes, you know firsthand how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time...

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Exam in Squamish or West Vancouver Now

Many adults aren't aware that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In truth, over half of senior citizens have some degree of cataracts. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. The clouding inhibits the transmission of light necessary for...

Make a Squamish or West Vancouver, BC Eye Exam Part of the Back to School Checklist

Back to school season is in full swing. Before going back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) advises a check-up with the eye doctor. Proper vision is crucial to the learning processes and a child's performance in the classroom. There are many tasks that demand optical skills, such...

Choose Contacts: The Benefits of Lenses for Teens

The need to purchase glasses is often difficult for a teen. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. Compared to glasses, children and teens who opt for contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, a newly published study demonstrates. The study results demonstrate that...

Treating Some of the Most Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some might necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be dealt with at home. Follow these guidelines for typical eye injuries, to decide the next step following an eye emergency. Remember that...

Have You Had a Comprehensive Eye Exam Recently?

For those of us blessed with healthy eyes, we might overlook the importance of taking preventative steps such as an eye exam. However, timely detection of any eye or vision problems is crucial to maintaining healthy eyes. This can easily be done with an annual eye test. Many optical diseases...

Optomeyes Squamish Team “Eye Candy” are best dressed at local fundraiser

Optomeyes' Squamish location was chuffed to be awarded the "Best Dressed" prize at a local fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity. The fundraiser's theme was "Hollywood" so team Eye Candy went as classic actors and actresses. The team raised over $500 for the charity. Left to Right -...

10 Steps to Summer Eye Care

It’s official - summer is here and it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards. Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun: Only wear sunglasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays,...

Children’s Safety Eyewear – A Necessity!

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. This is equal to an eye accident every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals agree that the vast majority of the damage would have been easily avoided by wearing proper eye protection. More often than not eye...

Congratulations prize winners!

Congratulations to the following prize winners at our Grand Opening: Mitchell Therrian - Coolpix camera Teresa Donovan - iPod Linda - Gift Basket Mike Murrel - Show tickets Diane Hesse - Nike bag Congratulations also to all the winners of our trivia questions! Thank you everyone who stopped by....

Optometrist Insight: Carrots and Vision

You may have heard that carrots improve your eyesight, but is this really true? Eye care professionals know that carrots can't actually improve your eyesight. However, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for the health of your eyes and therefore eating foods rich in beta-carotene...

You’re invited to our grand opening!

OPTOMEYES, Squamish's Eye Clinic would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of their new location! Visit us on Thursday, 9th of June, from 6 to 8pm and receive your free pair of Optomeyes sunglasses, and enter to win some great prizes including iPod touches, Banana Republic sunglasses, movie...

May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month

  Because of efforts to inform the public of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer), most are aware of the need for applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun during outdoor activities. What is less known is that ultraviolet rays...

Are You Caring for Your Contacts Safely?

  Contact lenses necessitate proper treatment and care to be considered a safe and effective choice for those requiring a vision aid. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or even worse, eye infections or abrasions, which occasionally results in blindness. Children and adults that are not responsible enough to...

Why Gas Permeable Lenses Might be Right for You

    Although soft contact lenses are most common, another less familiar type of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they last longer, offer better vision quality, and provide better resilience. Additionally...

Eye Allergy Season is Coming – Are You Ready?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from spring eye allergies. For many of us, spring time is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due...

Why You Should Think Twice Before Purchasing Glasses on the Internet

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers are accustomed to shopping for anything and everything online, glasses are an item that you should consider purchasing in person. Why? Even though web-based stores often offer reduced rates, the advantages of choosing an optician far outweigh the ''deals'' you might...

Dry Eye Syndrome Getting You Down? Advice on Protecting Your Eyes This Cold Season

Although it is common to think of winter as the rainy season with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become irritated more quickly. Our eye care staff is available to assist you in selecting the most...

Do You Know About AMD and Low Vision? Become Informed This Month

February is dedicated to creating awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading source of blindness for seniors. AMD is one of the causes of low vision, a term eye care professionals use to categorize substantial visual impairment that cannot be corrected by...

This Month Help Spread the Word About Glaucoma

To create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading source of blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of complete vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide. Due to the fact that...

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Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses aren't just a vital accessory in the sunny season. While many people are informed of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, we don't all recognize that it is essential to take extra care in the wintertime as well. Actually, the UV...

Optomeyes Squamish has Moved!

Optomeyes Squamish will be moving offices to better serve our patients.

Optomeyes Squamish congratulates our newest winner.

Optomeyes Squamish would like to announce the winner of our latest raffle for two tickets to Excellent Adventures of Darth and Luke.

Senior’s Health and Wellness Fair Prize Winner!

Squamish Optometry Clinic is pleased to announce the winners of the raffle held at the annual Senior's Health and Wellness Fair!

Introducing Dior, Dior Homme and Banana Republic frames

Our Optomeyes Squamish location is happy to introduce the Dior, Dior Homme and Banana Republic frames to our line.

Sea to Sky Family Fair Prize Winners

Squamish Optometry Clinic is pleased to announce the winners from the Sea to Sky Family Fair.

New! Skechers and Izumi

Drop in at our Squamish location and try on the newest designs.

Optomeyes Squamish carries SPY brand sunglasses!

ABOVE: 6 examples of the many styles available in Spy sunglasses. Each style also comes in several colour options from more traditional black, brown and tortoiseshell, to bright and fun blues, pinks and reds. Drop by our Squamish location to try on Spy and find your unique style and colour. Most...

Reintroducing Vogue!

Our Squamish location is pleased to announce we have reintroduced Vogue eyewear to our collection. Come in and browse our new summer designs....

Congratulations, competition and raffle winners!

On the 18th of June Optomeyes Squamish hosted a table at the Kindergarten Children's Health Fair.

Donation to Relay for Life

Squamish Optometry clinic donated a comprehensive eye exam and a pair of glasses including lenses to the Annual Relay for Life silent auction.

Squamish local wins raffle!

Optomeyes Squamish location is excited to announce the winner of our draw that was held at the Squamish XPO.

Eyeglasses Are Back!

New Options to Look Good and See Better

Request Your Next Appointment Online.

You can now request your next appointment online! Find out how...

New! Smith Brand Eyewear Available!

Optomeyes Squamish location is excited to now carry the new Smith Frame Line.  Come by and check them out.