You really don’t want to miss this Frame Show! Etnia Barcelona has agreed to bring their entire collection for YOU to view! Mark your calendars off for March 30th and come on down to Waverley Eye Care to view their ENTIRE COLLECTION.

About the Line:

Etnia Barcelona was founded in the 50’s in Barcelona by Fulgencio Ramo. Ramo worked for years in a factory creating sunglasses in Barcelona. Until finally, he accomplished his dream of creating his own company. His love for colors and sunglasses came from his two daughters. Ramo would bring home sunglasses on Sundays for his daughters to clean. The company was then passed down to his daughters, then his grandson David. David had fresh ideas and two generations of inherent knowledge.

They strive to show important cultural events and art throughout history. All the lines are inspired by different events, art, and cultures throughout Spain and the rest of the world. David introduced color into a brown and black frame world.  Etnia was then born in 2001, when they began selling frames all over Spain.

David focused the line on being free, being human, being multi-ethnic and cultured. The frames boost personalities by adding vibrant blasts of color to your everyday wardrobe. Not only are they extremely fashionable and fun, they are also very comfortable and timeless. Etnia is devoted to capture travel, art, culture, fashion in all of their designs.

Etnia is known for being fun, youthful, vibrant and comfortable. If you don’t like the color of the frame you have on, then no problem they have 6 colors of every frame. But Davids love for color didn’t just stop there, he also created lenses for their sunglasses.

Their sunglasses have some of the best sunglass technology in the world. Their mineral lens is manufactured from pure crystal. They are antiscratch, 70 times sharper and have 3 reflective layers. They take pride on being 100% protective. The lenses don’t reduce visual perception they actually enhance colors. So you can see the world beautifully while protecting your eyes from harsh UV rays. They created 3 types of lenses, a High Definition Lens, a Polarized Lens, and a Photocromic Lens.

With a great company history and fantastic products, why wouldn’t you want to wear Etnia Barcelona?


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Having Trouble Sleeping – See Your Eye Doctor.

Most people are familiar with that blue aura glowing from tablets and laptops….it looks cool but is it harming you?  We know that this blue light (now this is blue visible light, not UV light) triggers certain things in the brain.  One is that it can disrupt sleep patterns.  So some people have taken to wearing orange lenses for the last few hours before bed…..others have just put the devices away and read a good old fashioned paper book.

Orange Lenses Can Help You Sleep

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Nikon Lenses Make Your Iphone Faster

If I was to ask you what business Nikon was in, you would probably say cameras, or perhaps eyeglass lenses or perhaps telescopes…but you would be wrong.

A little known fact is that one of Nikon’s main operations is the manufacturing of steppers.  Nikon is the second largest stepper supplier in the world.  Now if you are like me, you probably have no idea what a stepper is.  A stepper is the device that is used in the complex process of photolithography, which creates the millions of microscopic circuits on silicone chips.  These chips are the building block of virtually every electronic device you use.

Steppers use dozens of lenses to minify the circuit patterns onto a silicon chip.  The most important feature of a stepper is a lens that provides optimal transmission and focus of light through the lenses and that is why Nikon spends millions of research dollars in developing the best optics and the best coatings they can.  This is why they are a leader in the field of steppers.

Now the great news for you and I is that Nikon has decided to apply this research to their camera and eyeglass lenses, helping us see the world clearer.

Michael Nelson, Optometrist, Waverley Eye Care

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3 Reasons Why This Will Be Your Favourite Contact Lens, and 1 Why You’ll Hate It

Let’s start with the good – 3 Reasons why you’ll love this contact lens:

  1. 156.  What does 156 mean?  Well the Dk/t of course!  Dk/t is the measurement of oxygen permeability of the contact lens and the higher the number the more permeable the lens is to oxygen.  And for the cornea, which has no blood vessels and breaths directly from the air, the higher the Dk/t the better.  There is only one contact lens that has a higher Dk/t than this lens, so that means your cornea will love this lens.
  2. Protein.  If you are on the Aitkens Diet protein is good, but when it comes to contacts protein is bad.  Proteins stick to contact lenses after just one wear and they can’t be completely removed with cleaning.  Proteins will cause decreased oxygen permeability, increased dryness,  a rough surface on which bacterial biofilms can grow and cause inflammation that can lead to red eyes and contact lens intolerance.  More and more studies show that the best way to combat protein is with a daily disposable contact lens, like this one.
  3. Lubricity.  The thing that makes contact lenses uncomfortable is friction.  Friction between the lids, cornea and contact lens.  A lens with less friction, or lubricious, will be more comfortable.  This lens is designed to be so lubricious that 4 out of 5 wearers say it feels like they are wearing nothing at all.  Check out this video comparing the lubricity of contact lenses.

So with all this good what is to hate?

  1. If you are hyperopic/farsighted, need a bifocal or require a toric lens for astigmatism it is not available in your prescription – yet.  Then again, you might just be willing to have a little blurriness to wear this lens.

So what is this lens?  Dailies Total 1


Ask us about it at your next eye exam.

Michael Nelson, OD, Waverley Eye Care Centre

Progressive Lenses

Almost everyone will experience the effects of Presbyopia (the loss of focusing ability) in their 40s and 50s. For many this means the consideration of multi-focal lenses, and in particular Progressive Lenses, sometimes referred to as invisible line bifocals.

Progressive Additions Lenses (PAL’s) are terrific lenses that can provide a wide range of vision without having to take glasses on and off. One important fact to realize about PAL’s is that there are over 100 different brand names and they are not all equivalent. Some PAL’s have terrific optics and will be very easy to get used to, conversely there are brands that were introduced 30 years ago which are still be sold by some optical stores.

It is important to realize that not all brands of PAL’s are the same and that not all optical stores can get the same brands. Most independent Optometrists can get any brand of PAL available however most optical chains and big box optical stores to not have access to the premium quality lenses like Nikon and Zeiss, which are known in the optical industry to have the best quality optics and coatings.

Another feature of PAL’s that we offer is a guaranteed fit. There is a learning curve with PAL’s but if you haven’t adapted to them within a month, it probably will not get any better. We provide a 90 day guaranteed fit policy, meaning that if you cannot adapt to your PAL’s we will change you to a different lens at no charge. Surprising a lot of optical stores do not offer this or charge a fee for this. It is frustrating to hear patients say that the previous place they got lenses just told them that they had to get used to the lenses.

If you have any more questions about PAL’s just stop by and ask our staff.

Michael Nelson, OD