Get Your Head Out Of Your Ass! | Mary Lou Newbold | DisruptHR Talks

Get Your Head Out Of Your Ass! - a DisruptHR talk by Mary Lou Newbold - Owner & CEO of Mayfair Optometric

DisruptHR Victoria 3.0 - November 21, 2018 in Victoria, BC #DisruptHRYYJ

Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii

Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaiiis a collection of over thirty works of art by ten Haida and non-indigenous artists. Coming from different regional and cultural backgrounds in Canada, all the artists explore the meaning of ‘sense of place’ on the islands of Haida Gwaii through their own artistic traditions. Through their art, language and beliefs, they investigate the notion that artists, traditionally, have been the “eyes of society.”

TRUNK SHOW -May 17th from 1-7pm

Featuring BELLINGER, Maui Jim, Tom’s and Entourage of 7!! Marie is modelling just a few of our latest BELLINGER frames. Also we are paying the tax on ALL SUNGLASSES!!!

Love comes in Shoebox Project

Help make Mother’s Day special for women in need by a donation to the Shoebox Project.

This Mother’s Day, dozens of women — some living in shelters, others at risk of homelessness — will open a box filled with love ......

.....Last year, Mary Lou Newbold delivered more than 20 boxes to Artemis, a YWCA group, and the Boys and Girls Club.

This year, she has names for more than 80 recipients, submitted from Artemis, Boys and Girls Club, Esquimalt Neighbourhood House and the Cridge Centre. She needs help to fulfil all the requests.

Newbold took on this task last year in honour of her own mom, who was a victim of abuse.

Participants can drop off a gift-wrapped shoebox (or a financial donation) at Mayfair Optometric, 3196 Douglas St. For more information, contact or go to

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We think you would look great on our team!

Mayfair Optometric Clinic is growing and has an immediate opening for a licensed optician. Work where your professional opinion is respected and you have a strong experienced team supporting you. We strongly believe in providing what the patient needs to best suit their lifestyle and budget. At Mayfair Optometric Clinic, you will have Long Weekends Off, enjoy our shared work load culture and have the satisfaction of working for a community minded, local employer.

Please apply if you have a minimum 5 years’ experience in the industry and if you take your patients and your work seriously, but not yourself.

All applicants kept confidential, e-mail and let’s work together to design your dream job in optical!”


So many celebrations and gatherings of family, friends and colleagues this time of year

So many celebrations and gatherings of family, friends and colleagues this time of year! Whether you are bustling about shopping and making preparations for holiday festivities, putting together outfits for the office party, planning a big night out with your friends, or a dreaming of a tropical vacation, here are a few things to think about:

Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a dressy pair of glasses that are a step above your every day pair? After all, you might spend hundreds of dollars on formal wear and fancy shoes for a special occasion, but what are people looking at the most? Your smiling face, of course! Maybe you're a man who has a very functional pair of specs for the jobsite but enjoys cutting a fine figure when you go out at night. A bit of color or shine on a secondary pair might be a nice option that will elevate your look from mundane to extraordinary. Or maybe you're a woman who would never wear bling at your very serious office but, truth be told, you like a bit of sparkle and perhaps have even been known to cruise the Swarovski store from time to time. Well, we have a frame for that! Both of these ideas also tick the box of having a back-up pair of glasses with an updated prescription, should a tragedy befall your primary pair, so it is entirely practical, too. Really!

Speaking of practical, it is also the time of year when some people are in a "use it or lose it" position with their extended medical benefits. It makes sense to take a few moments to check your coverage and see if you have some dollars left to spend on vision care. Even if your primary pair is working well but you have some money left on the plan, you could consider that back-up pair, as suggested above, or even a secondary pair that would be a nice complement to the first--a dedicated reading pair, if you're an avid reader, a specialized pair for driving on those dark, rainy roads, or a computer pair to protect and relax your eyes when you're burning the midnight oil on the long, winter nights. If you happen to be scouring the web looking for a deal to somewhere--anywhere!--sunny and warm, you might also be in the market for some prescription sunglasses. I can't count how many people have told me over the years that taking the plunge on getting quality sunwear was the best investment they ever made for their eyes.

Even if you don't wear a prescription, or wear contact lenses the majority of your waking hours, having comfortable sunglasses that protect your precious eyes and that you enjoy wearing is more necessity than luxury. This time of year, the glare is often worse than ever because the sun is low on the horizon in our part of the world. Or on the flipside, if you get away from the rain to a sunny locale (lucky you!) the UV index in the tropics can be extremely high and the blazing sun reflects off the water and sand, intensifying the glare and giving you eyestrain at best and a sunburned cornea and long-term damage at worst. I had a gentleman in the office just this morning who was concerned about his son's lack of good sunglasses and, being one of those folks converted to the benefits of high-quality polarized lenses, brought his son in to see us so we could get him fitted up with some nice RayBans as an early Christmas present. What a thoughtful and appreciated gift!

So if you are scrambling for a gift idea or feel like you need a treat for your own eyes, if your benefits are about to expire or if your glasses are just looking a little tired and it is time for an update, take a moment at this busy time of year to give your eyes some love. Even if your glasses just need a year-end tune up to get you seeing the best you can on these darker days, come in and see us. We'd love to see you and wish you the best of the season!

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See Like a Hawk Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Laura Boyle for Winning the SEE like a HAWK!!! with the 100.3 The Q! The Island's Rock and Victoria Clipper!! Don't forget to look for Dr Taylor and Mary Lou as they will also be there for the game!!

The Three O's: What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist and an optician?

Eye care professionals all work in concert with each other to help you maintain your eye health for a lifetime, but what is the difference between the three job titles? There is often confusion in the general public about what all of these people do, exactly. How does the scope of practice of an ophthalmologist and optometrist compare, and what do dispensing opticians do, anyway?

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs) with a specialty in diagnosing and treating eye health and disease. They are the specialists who do laser and intraocular lens surgeries, for example, and also help their patients monitor and treat eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. If you have an accident involving a trauma to the eye or immediate surrounding area and go to the hospital, the doctor who will see you there will be the ophthalmologist "on call." Also, if in the course of your routine eye examination by your regular optometrist your optometrist sees something during the exam that warrants further investigation by a specialist, this is the person they will refer you to. Ophthalmologists often have subspecialties in which they have extremely in-depth knowledge about a specific part or condition of the eye, such as the retina or cataracts. Eyes are complex!

Optometrists are doctors of optometry and their areas of expertise involve performing comprehensive eye examinations and prescribing corrective eyewear and certain medications. They are your first line of defence in maintaining eye health and preventing and managing eye disease. They have attended a minimum of three years of undergraduate education in the sciences (but often hold bachelor degrees) followed by a four or five-year university program in optometry to obtain a doctor of optometry (OD) title. An increasing number of optometrists are choosing to do an additional year of residency training upon completion of their optometry degree. Graduates are also required to satisfy provincial board requirements in the province or territory in which they intend to practice. Some optometrists also have more specialized areas of interest, such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation, and they have undertaken additional study and training on these subjects. All optometrists are required to regularly attend continuing education sessions in order to stay on top of the latest research and developments in eye care.

Their scope of practice can vary slightly from one jurisdiction to another, but in B.C., these are the eye doctors you see on a routine basis to make sure your vision is optimal and your eyes are healthy. They are extensively trained in recognizing and diagnosing ocular manifestations of systemic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure and complications of the aging process like cataracts and macular degeneration, and will refer you to the appropriate specialist if they see any signs of these diseases or any other. They also work in conjunction with other health professionals to provide you with high-quality integrated eye-related care. And if you require glasses, they will also write you a prescription based on the results of the exam and in consultation with you about what your visual requirements are for your work and lifestyle.

A dispensing optician will take that prescription written by the doctor and fit you with glasses. After analyzing the prescription and reviewing any notes or comments from the doctor regarding your specific visual requirements, he or she will most likely go over with you how you intend to use the glasses to make sure that the frames and lens designs match up with your style and that you are getting what you need and want. Do you wear them all day for seeing at all distances, or just while you are reading or working at a desk, for example, and take them off and on a lot? Do you prefer to have separate pairs for specific tasks or maybe an extra set for emergencies, because you are the sort of person who likes to have a contingency plan? How about safety protection at your job or for your hobby, or are you especially concerned about sun or blue-light protection because of a family history of macular degeneration? Do you want to make a dramatic fashion statement, or are you more interested in functionality and comfort? Out of the several hundred frames you might see in the dispensary, a skilled optician can help you narrow down the options to a carefully-selected few that fit you properly, give you the look and feel you want, and are an appropriate size and shape for your face and for the type of lenses you need to put into them.

Once you have made your choices on the frames, the dispenser will take some very precise measurements of where your eyes are situated in each frame, and the lenses are designed around those measurements. This is where the dispenser's expertise and knowledge about optics really pays off--you can have a perfectly good prescription from the doctor and can spend a fortune on the latest technology in lenses, but if the frame doesn't fit well and the measurements aren't done properly, the glasses simply will not work optimally, no matter how cutting-edge those lenses are! Once the glasses are made and checked to meet stringent standards, the optician will fine-tune the frame adjustment and make sure you are seeing well through the lenses, as well as keep those glasses cleaned, maintained and aligned whenever you come into the office to have them serviced. To learn how to do all of this, opticians undertake a course of study of either one year of full-time opticianry school (followed by another full year if they want to also fit contact lenses), or they can do a two-year apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed optician while completing the theory portion of the course through a distance-learning program offered by a technical college such as NAIT. Students must then pass both a theory and practical exam to receive their license and must complete a required number of continuing education courses each year to maintain their standing with the B.C. College of Opticians, the provincial governing body for optical dispensers.

Although their scopes of practice are different, all of these skilled optical experts ultimately work as an eyecare team to help you look after your eye health and see to the best of your ability, whether you require glasses every waking moment, simply need a bi-yearly routine check-up but don't wear prescription glasses at all, have a serious eye condition that requires frequent monitoring or urgent care, or just want a great looking pair of shades that will safely protect your eyeballs from the sun's glare. We want you to live your life with happy eyes!