choosing eyecare team

Choosing the Right Eyecare Professionals

Did you know half of your brain power is devoted to processing visual information? Taking care of your eyes is part of your overall health and choosing the proper eyecare team is essential to leading a healthy life. Undiagnosed eye diseases can lead to complications with sight and other irreversible conditions. It is important to find the right doctor to suit your needs so you can see clearly into the future. We have broken down a few areas to consider when choosing an optometrist.

What is an Optometrist?

First of all, what is an optometrist? There are two kinds of doctors who can help you with your eyecare in Canada.  They are optometrists and ophthalmologists. An optometrist has a Doctor of Optometry degree.  That degree typically involves eight or more years of post secondary education. They are the ones that will conduct your eye exams, detect early signs of eye diseases, and other health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Optometrists will also be the ones you see for regular check-ups and write prescriptions for glasses or contacts.

In Canada ophthalmologists are medical doctors who limit their practice to complex eye diseases and eye surgery.  You may be referred to an ophthalmologist by your primary care physician or your optometrist if the need arises.

Services and specialties 

An important aspect to consider when selecting an optometrist are the services your doctor offers. If you already have a medical eye problem such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, or glaucoma it's important that you consider an optometrist who has experience in treating and monitoring your condition.  A comprehensive eye exam should be part of your overall health plan.  This exam should include a thorough assessment of your visual health, screening for eye disease and/or updating your eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. You can access more information about routine eye exams here:

You should also consider your mobility and that you might need a family member or friend to help you get to and from your appointment. You are more likely to keep your appointment if you have easy access to the doctor’s location.

Your eyeglass prescription is only one piece of information to get your vision on track. Choosing new frames for glasses and the proper lenses is an important task and shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, you will likely be wearing them for years to come and you want them to look good and be comfortable.

Staff members should be able to guide you through choosing your new frames taking into consideration your lifestyle, occupation, face shape and personal style. In addition, they can help you choose prescription and non-prescription sunglasses that are right for you.

Thank you from Our Place Society

Hello Dr. Taylor & Ms. Newbold,

On behalf of Steven Seltzer, Manager of Special Events & Corporate Philanthropy & Our Place Fund Development Team, thank you so much for your contribution to Cathy Scott’s special meal initiative to support the people we serve at Our Place Society and the local Chinese business community.

It was perfect timing and much needed comfort for those struggling to get by.

We extend our best wishes to you and the Mayfair Optometric Team during this difficult time.

Thank you.
Our Place Society

Save the tax on all of our sunglasses for the month of August!

Come to Mayfair Optometric and check out our incredible collection of sunglass brands and styles, and then SAVE THE TAX on any pair you purchase, all month long.”

Save the tax on all of our sunglasses for the month of August!

National Sunglass Day, June 27

‘Start your summer right by celebrating National Sunglass Day, June 27th. Check out the latest styles and advancements in eye protection at Mayfair Optometric Clinic!!’

National Sunglass Day, June 27

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.”

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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An exclusive afternoon at Mayfair Optometric Clinic

3:00pm to 6:00pm
3196 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8Z 3K6


  • Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Red Barn Barn-b-que and summer snacks
  • NICHE magazine fashion show featuring local swimwear, resort wear & MOC eyewear
  • Mini beauty makeovers by NICHE expert makeup artist, Alexandra Forman
  • Nostalgic photo booth by Four Frames Photo Booth Victoria
  • Social media kiosk with live Instagram and Twitter event action
  • Awesome door prizes by Mayfair Optometric Clinic, NICHE & atHOME Victoria magazine
  • Event discounts: 30% off frames & 10% off most designer sunglasses *excludes Oakley

One lucky guest will win a pair of DESIGNER SUNGLASSES & choose the pair they love most from a large selection of Coach, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Ray Ban & more...


Mayfair Optometric Team helps out at Our Place Society

Thank you to the Mayfair Optometric Team for rising early to come in and sponsor & serve breakfast to the Our Place Family.

It was a great way to start a beautiful sunny Tuesday.

Tuxes & Tails Gala

Tuxes & Tails is a special evening in which animal lovers come together to celebrate, find wonderful auction items, enjoy a pet runway show and delicious gourmet dinner -- all in support our life-saving work.  We will be offering Champagne and SPCA Certified Appetizers followed by a three course meal with wine and dancing until midnight.

Click HERE for more information!