2015 Optical Depo Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift to wow your someone special this year?Sunglasses are always a great gift to give and get!  Here are a few different sunglass style recommendations for the different personality types on your shopping list.

1. The Just-Basics-Keep-It-Simple Person2Ray-Ban Aviators are our go-to for just about everyone.  There are so many different shades, shapes and material variations in the Aviator style.  If you are shopping for someone that regularly chooses the simplicity of a good basic white t-shirt with jeans, then Ray-Ban Aviators are a great sunglass choice for them.

2. The Ultra Glamorous Fashionista



Nicole Miller Sunglasses are fantastic for those that like to stand out in their fashion choices.  If you are shopping for someone that loves all that is gold and glitters, these frames would be a great present to give them.  The large set frames with gold detailing will go with so many great outfits in the future.

3.  The Chic Creative


Mo is a designer eyewear company located in Spain that manufactures the most original and creative frames.  Anything from the Mo collection would be great for any creative types that you may be shopping for.  Structure, colour, and material are all carefully considered when the design team at Mo creates a new sunglass or eyeglass frame.

4.  The Outdoor Fitness Fanatic


Bolle is an eyewear brand that is known for it’s superior sunglass technology, and has endorsements from top athletes to prove it.  If you are shopping for someone who is regularly off on some outdoor physical adventure, then these are the ideal sunglasses for them.

5.  The Eco-Warrior


Look Good – Feel Good – Do Good.  How’s that for a brand motto?  Modo eyewear is a company that is committed to sustainability and social responsibility.  Modo ECO is the only eyewear brand made of 95% recycled content and 63% biobased material.  One of the things Modo does when an ECO frame is sold, is they plant a tree.  Read more about their ECO mission here.


We hope this quick 2015 holiday gift guide has been helpful!  Still not sure what to get for that someone special on your shopping list?  Stop by our downtown Toronto location for our sunglass gift suggestions.  Our friendly team would be more than happy to help you find the perfect gift.



Use It…Before You Loose It!


Have you used your 2015 benefits package yet?  With the holiday season just around the corner, we wanted to remind everyone to schedule your eye exam before 2016 so you can take full advantage of your benefits for this year.

We may be able to bill your insurance company directly, so you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket.  To find out if you qualify, call us at 416-367-3376.



7 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes Using Glasses

Going to a Halloween party,  but can’t figure out what to dress up as?  Here are 7 simple costume ideas that are easy to create using glasses.

1.  Colonel Sanders



2. Garth Algar from Wayne’s World


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4.   Where’s Waldo

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5. Jess from New Girl


6. Owls


7. Velma from Scooby-Doo


Stop by our downtown Toronto location to pick up a pair of costume glasses to create a unique and fun character this Halloween.



Father’s Day Special

Father’s Day is only 9 days away, and we thought you could use a great gift idea for Dad — a new pair of designer sunglasses.  It’s the one item that he will use all of the time, day in and day out.  Designer sunglasses use high quality products and polarized lenses for optimal vision and comfort, making outdoor activities much more enjoyable.  Plus, your Dad will look great in a stylish new design.

Stop by our Downtown Toronto location and enjoy savings of up to 50% on all of our sunglasses and receive a free gift with purchase during our Father’s Day Special.  We have a great selection of frames from designers like Ray-Ban, Bollé, Polo, Prada and many more.

Below is a handy infographic from the Sunglass Magazine on choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses to suit his face shape.  And of course, we are more than happy to help recommend a pair that he will love.

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You can find us conveniently located on the concourse level of Scotia Plaza in the Toronto PATH.


Free Eye Exams During #VisionHealthMonth

Vision loss can happen to anyone, at any age. In fact, one in seven Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime. But did you know that 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated? Preventive measures and early detection of eye disease significantly lowers your risk of vision loss.” 


May is vision health month, and to celebrate healthy eyes, we are offering FREE eye exams with the purchase of a complete pair of prescription eyeglasses.  Take care of your eyes this month by booking your FREE eye exam with us.  Terms and conditions apply.  Contact us for more information.

7 Sunglasses That Are High on Everyone’s Wish List

‘Tis that time of year again to eat, drink and be merry! And of course, who can forget the gift giving! We love spreading holiday cheer and think that designer sunglasses are one of the best gifts to give! We thought we would make it easy on you and share our top 7 picks for the hottest, most in-demand designer sunglasses.

1. Ray-Ban Wayfarers



This classic style looks amazing on both men and women! It’s one of those designs that never goes out of style and looks great with any outfit. The compact design of these sunglasses make them ideal for those that like to travel lightly.

2. Versace Studded Cat-Eye



Shopping for a fabulous fashionista? These frames will be sure to impress even the most discerning of designer experts. The shape, tint and studded detail add that extra bit of style.

3. Bollé



Bollé sunglasses are the brand that every athlete loves. The superior technology of the lenses provides a perfectly filtered view. Perfect for those that like to spend their spare time on the slopes.

4. Tory Burch Tortoise Shell


If sophistication is the style of the person you are shopping for, then Tory Burch is the designer for you. The classy design pairs well with casual and dressy attire. The tortoise shell pattern gives them that little bit of extra edge.

5. Polo by Ralph Lauren


Shopping for the man that has everything? These Polo by Ralph Lauren frames are the perfect gift to give. The sleek and classic design of Ralph Lauren pairs exceptionally well with a suit or sports coat.

6. Dolce & Gabbana


Every woman needs a pair of huge dark sunglasses to cover up the last night’s festivities in the most glamorous way. What could be more glamorous than a large pair of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses?

7. Betsey Johnson


These are some of our most fun and fabulous frames! If you are shopping for someone who likes to make a statement, then our selection of Betsey Johnson is perfect for you.

Make holiday shopping easy by stopping by our store in downtown Toronto. We are happy to help you find something for everyone on your Christmas list.


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Why Pay When You Don’t Have To?

Purchasing new glasses is an important investment not only for your vision health, but for your personal style.  It is recommended to get your eyes tested every 2 years to make sure you have the correct prescription.  We recommend purchasing new glasses every two years to keep current with the latest eyewear trends.  Although most insurance companies cover vision care, the immediate out of pocket expense can sometimes be inconvenient.

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That is why we work directly with many of the insurance providers to provide a no money down service to our clients.  Contact us to find out if we can bill your insurance company directly, so there is no money out of your pocket.  After all, why pay for glasses when you don’t have to?


The “Summer Isn’t Over Yet!” Sale

Do you ever get the feeling that just as soon as we settle into summer, talk of the upcoming colder season begins?

At Optical Depo, we refuse to accept that summer is over and the cold is here.  There is still at least another month of warm sunny days (fingers crossed) to enjoy.

We want to make sure you enjoy this summer to the fullest, so we are having a “Summer Isn’t Over Yet!” sale on our designer sunglasses.

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Save up to 40% on designer sunglasses in store until September 1st, 2014.

Terms and conditions apply.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.


Casual or Glamorous? Finding Your Perfect Sunglass Style

When it comes to buying sunglasses, there are three things that you should consider before buying:

1. Fit

2. Feel

3. Functionality

Last week we had the opportunity to spend a day with Ophthalmic Assistant and model Stacey, as she toured Toronto and tested out a couple of our designer frames for the day.

Stacey was stuck between whether or not she wanted to invest in a casual frame (blue mirrored Ray-Ban Aviators) or a more glamorous frame (Ralph Lauren Cat Eye).

Both frames fit her exceptionally well, so it was down to feel and functionality.

Ray-Ban Aviators

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Q: How do the Ray-Ban Aviators fit, feel and function for you?

After adjusting the arms of the Ray-Ban’s slightly, they fit great!  The frames are super light-weight and feel very natural on the face.  Function-wise, I love how they match a lot of my summer clothes. They are great for suntanning and other casual outdoor activities.  The polarized lenses provide a vibrant filter for the sun, so everything still looks pretty natural.

Ralph Lauren Cat Eye

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Q: The Ralph Lauren Cat Eye sunglasses are completely different from the Ray-Ban Aviators.  What do you think of the fit, feel and functionality of these frames?

I love the fit of these sunglasses!  These frames instantly add a touch of glamour to my look.  These frames are also light weight and sit comfortably on my face.  I think they are going to be perfect for outdoor events and patio brunches.  I like that they look good with my hair up or down.  Very versatile and trés chic! I’m thinking I will be adding these ones to my collection!


See It, Touch It, Feel It. The 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy Eyewear Online

There is no doubt that the internet makes life faster and more convenient.  Shopping online can be a great way to find what you are looking for.  Recently we have seen a trend in online eyewear stores that let you “virtually” try on glasses and purchase them for a seemingly lower rate.  Here are three reasons why we think it is important to shop in store when it comes to eyewear.

1. See It


Visiting our downtown location allows you to see a many different designer frames side by side.  The options are endless and easy to compare when you are in a physical location.  Plus, our expert team is happy to answer any questions you may have about the frames in real time.

2. Touch It


The one thing that we have that the internet doesn’t is the ability to physically pick up the frames and try them on.  We encourage you to try on as many frames as you like.  Our team is good at helping determine which types of frames will best suit your face.  Feel free to bring a friend for a second opinion, we want to make sure you love your eyewear.

3. Feel It


The eyewear you purchase may need to be adjusted to better fit your face.  We have the expertise to do that in store, and will make sure your new frames feel great on your face.

By visiting us in store, you can see, touch and feel the quality of our lenses, contact lenses and designer frames.  Our in store eye exams and same day service makes shopping for eyewear easy and convenient.

Don’t risk low quality and bad fit when it comes to eyewear by buying online.  Stop by our downtown location today!