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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Zeiss Week February 29-March 5

Come Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with Zeiss Week

This week only we have special promotions on Zeiss products.

We have $100 off of Zeiss Progressive Lenses, Office Lenses and Drive Safe Lenses.

We also have up to 45% OFF of Prescription and Non-prescription Zeiss Snow Goggles.

Drop by to take advantage of these promotions.


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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Improve Your Golf Game with New Adidas Sunglass Technology

If you are looking for an edge on the golf course, don’t forget about your eyes.  Take advantage of the latest technology from Adidas to improve your vision and improve your scores.  Take a couple of minutes to view the latest in this video from ScoreGolf.

Michael Nelson, Optometrist, Waverley Eye Care Centre

How to choose prescription sunglasses?


Sometimes all the options available for those choosing prescription sunglasses can make the task so overwhelming that it is easier not to make the choice at all.  So to try to simplify the process let me highlight a few keys points when making your decision.


As with anything, you generally get what you pay for.  A more expensive set of sunglasses will mean you get a better quality and more comfortable frame.  The lens will have better optics, more comfortable tints and better scratch coatings.  That being said you can get good quality sunglasses without breaking the budget. My Recommendation: If you want an inexpensive lens, we have some starting at $20.

Base Curve

Base curve refers to how much wrap your sunglass lens has.  Wrap is desirable because it helps eleminate sun coming in from the side or behind the lens.  Optometrists have an instrument that can measure the base curve of the frame, but sunglasses are generally either 8 Base (lots of wrap) or 6 Base.  Frames that you use as your everyday clear lenses are usually between 2-6 Base.  High Wrap sunglasses (8 Base) look great without a prescription, but when you add a prescription to them, the lens can get very thick and distorted at the edges.   This means that unless you have a very low prescription, you should avoid wrap frames for your prescription sunglasses.  My Recommendation:  For a prescription sunglass, look for a 6 base frame for a good compromise in function and optics.


Polarization is often an overlooked option, mostly because of the price.  But once you have had a polarized lens you will never want a pair of sunglasses without it.  Polarization is the feature that eliminates horizontal glare off a wet road, water or any horizontal surface.  It makes lenses incredibly comfortable.  My Recommendation:  Splurge for the polarized lens, you won’t be disappointed.

Tint Colour

Tint colour affects the contrast of what you see.  Grey lenses will keep colours looking normal but will do little to improve contrast.  Blue or purple lenses will reduce contrast and that is why you don’t see sunglasses with this colour.  Brown or amber tints will tend to improve contrast and make things appear a little brighter.  There is not really any right or wrong with regards to tint, it is more about personal preference.  My Recommendation:  If you don’t have any preference, I would recommend an amber tint.

Anti-reflection Coating

Antireflection is a must for clear lenses but it serves a different purpose in sunglasses.  An antireflection coating on the front of the lens is not needed on sunglasses, however some high-end sun lenses will have an antireflection on the back of the lens which can eliminate reflections from sunlight that comes from behind you.  My Recommendation:  If the sunglass lenses come with a back surface antireflection coating great, but if not I don’t think you have to invest in it – invest in a polarized lens instead.

 UV Protection

UV protection is essential.  Fortunately even the least expensive sunlens will have a UV coating.  One important fact, that most are not aware of, is that UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the lens is.  The UV coating is a clear coating that blocks invisible UV light.  You can have a non-sunglass lens that blocks 100% of UV light.  My Recommendation:  UV Protection is essential to reduce the risk of earlier cataracts and macular degeneration.

Hopefully this will be enough to get you started.

Michael Nelson. OD

Yellow Polarized Sunglasses can improve Driving Response Times

6a00d8354fadbd69e2017ee9fd0f6a970d-piA recent study in the March 2013 issue of Optometry and Vision Science shows that 20 and 30 year olds that wear yellow polarized sunglasses can have a reduction of 450 ms for driving reaction times.  This can equate to a distance of 7.5 meters while driving at 60km/hr or 13.9meters while driving at 100km/hour.

Yellow sunglass lenses are available but are less common.  You may also benefit from this effect if you use brown polarized lenses.

Dr. Michael Nelson, OD

Waverley Eye Care