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.



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.



A two-tone frame is just about the perfect pair of glasses for any face shape.  They come in so many different shapes, sizes, and designs that the options are endless.  The stark contrast in the top of the glasses to the bottom balances out both angular and round facial features.

We have seen a lot of two-tone glasses come in from the designers we carry, with the demand to match.  People are loving how these unique glasses have that stand-out appeal.

Fashionista and actor Chloë Sevigny is one of the celebrities that sports this eyeglass style with ease.  Understated or impactful, depending on what she is wearing, we can see why these are her signature frames.



Visit us at our downtown location to see how two-tone frames look on you.  With endless options from Ray-Ban, Mo, Modo, Versace and more, you are bound to find at least one pair that looks amazing on you.

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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!

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Happy WorldPride Toronto!

How amazing is this city?!  120 LGBT couples tied the knot yesterday at the scenic Casa Loma, and all we can say is what a beautiful event!  And may we say a HUGE congratulations to all of the happy couples.


Pride in Toronto has always been something that we look forward to.  The atmosphere changes to absolute positivity, love, celebration and acceptance.  The city is packed full of fantastic events, parades and people.  We really can’t wait for the WorldPride Parade this Sunday!

The weather man says it’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest!  That is why we are offering the following promotion during WorldPride:

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Yes, you did read that correctly.  Stop by our downtown location and save $150 on all Ray-Ban sunglasses.  We carry all of the popular frames, including Wayfarer, Erika, Aviator, Clubmaster.

 Happy WorldPride Toronto! We hope to see you soon!