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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

Instant savings on Alcon Contacts!

Is it time to reorder your contact lenses? Not only do we have competitive pricing, but now we can offer instant savings, up to $100, along with mail-in rebates of up to $200 for the Alcon family of lenses! Contact us to learn more!...

12 Days of Christmas Sale!

Starting Dec 4th, and running until Dec 22nd, we are going to feature one designer brand of frames at 25% off each day! Tune in to our facebook page to learn which brand will featured that day. Happy holidays!...

Gucci is here!

We're happy to add the Gucci line to our growing list of frames. You can learn more about Gucci here or come on in to try them on!...

Sunglass Winner

Say hello to our National Sunglasses Day contest winner - John MacDonald! He's styling now in his new Rayban with polarized lenses. looking good John!...

Reno Update

Well, our renos are coming right along! It's been a big transformation thus far, with some road still to travel. Here's how things have been coming along......

It’s Reno Time!

Our office is going to look a lot different in a few months! Our renovations are beginning so we'll show a peek at the start of the demolition. Stay tuned for more updates......

Dining in the Dark Fundraiser

We were proud to be a Bronze sponsor of Dining in the Dark last week. This was our third year taking part in the fundraiser for CNIB. It usually brings a few laughs while giving us a taste of what it's like to live with vision loss. This is what...

Morning closure Jan 30

We'll be closed this morning and will reassess at noon. Stay safe!...

Having Trouble With Night Driving?

For those of you struggling with night driving, or doing a lot of it, we're happy to now offer the Zeiss Drive Safe lens. We talk about non-glare coatings helping with the lights at night, but this lens takes it to the next level. Currently, we are the only clinic...

New Myopia Control comes to Island Eyecare!

We are very excited to congratulate Dr MacInnis on becoming one of the first optometrists in the country to be certified to fit the MiSight myopia control contact lens! MiSight is a new daily disposable contact lens that has the ability to slow down the progression of near sightedness, reducing...

Closing Jan 4

Due to the winter weather approaching we will be closing at 1:00 pm today, January 4th. Stay safe!...

Holiday Hours

With the holidays here, we have some updated hours: December 23 - Closed December 26 - Closed December 27 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 28 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 29 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 30 - Closed January 2 - 8:00 am...

New Frame Lines

We've added two new frame lines! First, we added some petite frames from the Mexx line. A great option for the lady who finds most frames are too big. We also added a cool new line for kids called Nano. They are hingeless frames that can be used with a...

A New Way to Clean Your Lenses

Do you have trouble cleaning your lenses? Try wiping them with cloths and sprays, but still have streaks? Check out our new Peeps cleaners to help you with your struggles.  ...

Closed November 11th

Just a reminder we will be closed Saturday, November 11th for the Remembrance Day Holiday.  ...

Sydney Connects ’17

On November 6th we had a great day volunteering with the Sydney Connects/Under the Umbrella function. This was our third year hosting the event that provides free eye exams and glasses for those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This year we were able to help out 50 people!...

Our staff are certified!

Congratulations to Kim, Carissa, and Brittany on becoming Canadian Certified Optometric Assistants! This course involved 36 weeks learning extra optometric skills and knowledge involving anatomy and physiology, patient management, customer service, frame and lens dispensing, and contact lenses. Great job ladies!...

Swarovski Glasses Are Here!

We are happy to announce that the Swarovski frame line up is now available! Here are a few pics to get you excited:...

Book your next appointment online!

Wish you could book your appointment without making a phone call? Well, now you can! We are happy to allow our patients the ability to book their next appointment online. If you already have your password for our patient portal, just go here now to book your appointment. If you...

How do we test preschool kids?

Have you ever wondered how we can test kids that don't know their letters? View this video to learn more. On top of what is mentioned we also have a machine that can take a picture that captures 80% of the inside of the eye in one click! This makes...

Back to School!

We were having some fun setting up our new kids frames, but when these two showed up we had a LOT of fun! We have lots of new kids glasses including Ray-Ban suns and Oakley. Stop in to try them on and to learn about our Eye-M-Growing program for those under 16.  ...

Summer Sale!

Come on in and check out our summer sale! Save 30% off selected frames, including styles by RayBan, Kliik, Kate Spade, Humphries, and more....

Summer Hours Update

Just a reminder that we will be closed for Saturdays in July. Enjoy your summer!...

Nike Golf Lens

Did you know some sunglasses may be hindering your golf game? Listen as Dr MacInnis explains:...

Closed June 3rd for Wedding

We will be closed June 3rd to celebrate the wedding of a team member. We will be back to help you on Tuesday June 6th....

Win 1 of 4 Rounds of Golf!

Golf season has arrived and so have our special golf sunglasses from Nike! Every person who comes in to try on a pair of our Nike Golf sunglasses will get a ballot to win a green fee at Highland Links golf course in Ingonish! We'll be giving away 4 green...

Closed May 20th

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Walk for Dog Guides

May is Vision Health Month and to get into the spirit we're joining a fundraiser. On May 28th we will have a team entered in the Walk for Dog Guides put on by PetValu and the Sydney Lions Club. Each dog guide costs ~$25,000 to raise, train and place, but...

New Frame Lines Have Arrived!

We're happy to add two new frames lines to our optical! We now have the ECO and MODO lines on display in office. They are two lines with a neat story. ECO is the first and only optical and sunglass collection made with 95% recycled materials, and also has an...

We Now Have An Online Store!

We are happy to roll out our new online store, eyeshop.ca, together with Eye Recommed (a group of Canadian Optometrists). You can now reorder contact lenses and browse a selection of glasses without having to come into the office. How is eyeshop.ca different from other online retailers? There are two...

Easter Hours

The Easter bunny is coming so we will have a few extra days off. We will be closed Good Friday and Saturday the 15th. Happy Easter everyone! image source: http://viamede.com/stay/packages/hoppy-easter/...

Closed today, March 30th.

It's a  We'll stay closed for the rest of the day and try to find those groundhogs that said it would be a short winter......

March Opening Hours Update

There are a few changes to our hours with March break coming up. March 9, 10, and 14-16 we will be open 9-4:30. March 11th we will be open our usual 9:00 to 1:00. We will be closed March 17 and 18. Enjoy the March break everyone!...

Closed today, Feb 14th

We'll be closed today due to mother nature. Get the snowblowers warmed up and shovels dusted off, wintwer is here!...

Closure Update

It looks like winter has arrived! With all the winter weather on the way we will be closed today, February 8th. Stay safe everyone!...

John Lennon Collection is here!

Are you looking for a round frame? Imagine if you could get something like John Lennon. Don't be a jealous guy and come get your own specs from our new John Lennon collection! We have styles for Woman and men. Come check them out! You can't say Nobody told me!...

New Equipment For Frame and Lens Fitting

If you've been in to get some glasses from us in the past few months you may have noticed we do things a bit differently. In order to make our glasses and prescriptions more accurate we've invested in the Optikam Pad.    This new tool allows us to take more...

Christmas Hours

Our holiday hours will be: December 24th: Closed December 27th: Closed December 28th: 9:00-4:30 December 29th: 9:00-4:30 December 30th: 9:00-4:30 December 31st: Closed We hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and all the best in 2017!...

Ugly Sweaters and Christmas Sales

source: http://forevertwentysomethings.com/2015/12/09/the-anatomy-of-an-ugly-christmas-sweater-party-outfit/ It's now December and that means it's time for...ugly Christmas sweaters! For the month of December wear in your ugly Christmas sweater and save an extra 5% off our products (exam fees excluded). That's on top of the 15% you save when you spend over $400 on a...

Office Hours Update

Due to some events over the next week, we will be closed a few extra days. We will be closed November 11 and 12 for Remembrance Day and we will be closed November 18 and 19 for staff training in Halifax....

Children’s Vision Month Contest Winner Announced!

And the winner is... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaGQSOGZuLE...

Sydney Connects

To round out our busy month we volunteered for Sydney Connects! This was our second year hosting the "eye" portion of the Connects program, which provides a day of caring and sharing to those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. This year we were able to provide free eye...

World Sight Day Challenge

Another event going on this month is the World Sight Day Challenge. Now in its 10th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign is...

Children’s Vision Month Special

October is Children's Vision Month! As school is back up and running it is time to get your child in for an eye exam. 1 in 4 school-aged children have an undetected vision problem most children do not know when what they are seeing is not "normal" 80% of learning...

Closed October 11

Due to the weather and extensive power outages, we will be closed today. Stay safe everyone!...

Blue Light – How does it affect you?

Blue light has been a popular topic in the eye industry for the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. In this post I hope to help you make sense of blue light, why and how it affects you, and what you can do to reduce its effects....

Hours Update

Dr MacInnis will be away at a conference for the rest of this week so we will be open from 9-4:30 Sept 28-30th....

Closed Sept 3,2016

Our office will be closed Saturday Sept 3 for the Labour Day weekend. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!...

Contact Lens Promotion!

See this ad for our newest contact lens promotion. These can also be combined with our regular mail-in rebates for extra savings!...

Sunglass Winner!

Congratulations to Bettina Callary! She's the winner of our sunglass contest. Bettina picked up a free pair of sunglasses for her child, and wins a pair for herself. Here she is showing off her new Kate Spades with polarized lenses!...

Update on Saturday Hours

We'll be closed on August 6th and 13th. Our Saturdays will start up again on August 20th at 9:00 am. Enjoy the sunshine!...

Summer Hours

With the summer finally here (!) we have a few scheduling changes from our regular hours to pass along: June 30th - closing at 1:00 pm for year end inventory July 1st - closed July 2nd - closed July 9th - closed July 16th - closed July 23rd - closed...

Prize Winners!

The winners of our prize draws have been making their way in to pick up their prizes. Here are a few of the happy winners so far: Gord Thorne and his bag, hat, and Carrera cologne We even took pity on a Maple Leafs fan! John Violande wins a pair...

Prize List!

We've been talking about having a few prizes for our Grand Re-Opening this week. How did we do? Some highlights include: Prescription Ray-Ban ophthalmic glasses (frame and lenses!) Year supply of contact lenses Sperry Top-Sider, Vera Wang and Revo sunglasses Kate Spade makeup bags No purchase necessary to get entered...

New Equipment to Improve Our Eye Exam!

We are really happy to announce that we have a new piece of equipment for monitoring the inside of your eye - the Daytona! This machine allows us to take an optomap which produces an image that is a unique, high-resolution 200° image of your retina (inside of your eye). This is a...

Did you know?

As Vision Health Month continues, we thought it would be good to pass along some interesting facts:...

May is Vision Health Month

This year during Vision Health Month, we're trying to show how "it's all connected". Your eyes just don't stop at your face. They're connected to the rest of your body through blood vessels and nerves; the same blood vessels that help your heart, lungs, and other body parts. This is...

Ray-Bans Are Here!

Look what showed up in our dispensary last week! Very happy to offer Ray-ban glasses to our patients. Come on in and try one on!...

Training Update

We shared some pictures a few weeks ago from our training event and now we'll share a few things we were working on. In an effort to provide modern eye wear and eye care to our patients we need to keep updating our skills, our products, and our equipment.  We...

What tint should you have for your activity?

Ever wonder what all those sunglass tints are about? Why are there so many options? Well, read below to learn a bit more about the world of tints and where they are useful. Who knows, maybe you'll improve your game! Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints Chart compiled by...

What did we do for staff training?

As you may know, we were closed a few days last week for some staff training and professional development. Here are a few shots of our staff in action. What did we learn? Well, we'll fill you in later with some new products we'll be bringing to our office. Don't...

Easter Hours + Office Closure

We have a few events coming up that will result in our office being closed on Friday, March 25th, and opening again on Thursday, March 31st. We will have some time with our families, and the Easter Bunny, from Friday through Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday our staff and doctor will...

Closed March 5,2016

With all the snow coming we will be closed on Saturday March 5. Stay safe and good luck with the snow removal. We'll be reopening Tuesday with our regular hours....

How do I get those eye drops in?

We prescribe eye drops all the time for various issues: allergy, inflammation, infection, and dry eye to name a few. We prescribe them, but do you know how to get them in? See this article from allaboutvision.com for a step-by-step approach for getting those important drops in. How to Put...

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month!

Uncorrectable Vision Loss or Low Vision refers to reduced visual capability which cannot be improved by surgery, medical therapy, glasses or contact lenses, to a sufficient level that would enable an individual to perform common visual tasks adequately. The most common cause for low vision is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)....

Closed February 13th

We will be closed February 13th in respect of Heritage Day. Take a moment to learn about this year's honouree, Joseph Howe. Among other things, he was the self-taught owner of the Novascotian who laid the foundation for freedom of the press....

We now have Saturday Appointments!

Starting on February 27th we will now have Saturday appointment openings to serve you better! We will have appointment times starting at 9:00 with the last one at 12:00. The plan is to try one a month (the second will be March 5) and see where it goes. So if...

Closing on February 9th

Due to the weather we will be closed tomorrow, February 9th. We'll be ready to look after you again tomorrow!...

What is snowblindness?

Snow Blindness: How to Prevent Sunburned Eyes Snowblind — it's a frightening word. Thankfully, it's a condition that is totally preventable. Snow blindness is a painful, temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the sun's UV rays. The medical term for snow blindness is photokeratitis ("photo" = light; "keratitis"...

Closed January 30th

Due to the storm we will be closed today. Bundle up and stay safe.  ...

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician?

Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians. Who should I see? The difference between a doctor of optometry (optometrist), an ophthalmologist and an optician is a common question among both healthcare professionals and the general public. The levels of training and expertise, and the core competencies, are different for each type of eye care...

Detecting Alzheimer’s through your eyes?

Could our eyes be a link to early detection of Alzheimer's disease? A study from September seems to think so. Researchers found a link between how quickly we react to a flickering light and our processing speed. A slower reaction means slower processing which could show early signs of cognitive impairment;...

December 18th Opening

We will be opening a little later than usual tomorrow, December 18th, due to a staff meeting. We'll be opening the doors at 9:00am to take care of all your eye care and eyewear needs!...

Ever wonder what the term “Legally Blind” actually means?

The folks at AllaboutVision.com put together this article about the definition of legal blindness. Although it references US definitions, the same holds true in Canada. Have you ever wondered what it means to be "legally blind"? Some people use the term to describe their vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses...

This is Not Yellow

When you look at a picture of a lemon on a digital screen - a phone, tablet, or desktop- what colour is it? If you answered yellow, you're wrong. To find out why, watch this neat video by Vsauce called "This is not yellow". It explains how digital screens can...

Sydney Connects and Us!

We were proud to volunteer our time to help out with the Sydney Connects event! This was a great event for Sydney folks that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We were able to provide almost 40 people with free eye exams, and with industry help, free glasses! Check out some...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

We have a winner!

We recently drew the winner for our Children's Vision Month contest. Congratulations to Darcy MacLeod! Darcy (and his parents) was the happy winner of his purchase - two pairs of glasses!...

And the winner is…

Gerarda Gale! She was the lucky winner of the homemade afghan. Gerarda made a donation to Optometry Giving Sight to get her name into our draw. We still have some donations trickling in and will update our final total later this month....

See Our New Look!

We're still making some changes, but here's an update of where we've come so far:        ...

Thinking about Contact Lenses?

Click here to see video If you're thinking about contact lenses, come on in and see us! There are lots of new designs and materials now, so if you were told you "can't wear contacts", "you have an astigmatism, contacts aren't for you", or who are suffering from dryness with their...

We made the Cape Breton Star!

We are pleased to announce that we made the Cape Breton Star! Click on the image to see the full version....

Children’s Vision Month Contest

As part of Children's Vision Month, the Canadian Association of Optometrists is running a great contest on its Facebook page. It's easy to enter and there are lots of great prizes including weekly draws and a $5000 grand prize! Click here to enter....

Closed October 10, 2015

Due to the Thanksgiving long weekend we will be closed October 10,2015. We hope everyone has a good weekend, gets to enjoy some great food, and we'll be back (a little heavier) to serve you on Tuesday the 13th. Happy Thanksgiving!...

October 8th is World Sight Day!

Come on in and help us raise money for Optometry Giving Sight ! We'll be raising money all month by raffling off an afghan made by one of our staff, giving away prizes for a candy jar guessing contest, and taking donations for glasses adjustments. Help us support a great cause!...

Save on Children’s Glasses for the month of October!

October is Children's Vision Month and to help out we are offering 25% off our prices for a full pair of glasses for children (under 18)! Plus, one lucky person will win their purchase! Draw date will be October 31.Come on in and check out our selection; it looks like...

October is Children’s Vision Month!

October is Children's Vision Month and we're here to provide extra information, tips, and contests for all things children. We will also have extra posts over on our Facebook page. We'll get things started with a fun contest.  Follow this link to an impressive contest from the Canadian Association of Optometrists....

Whatever Happened To…

Dr. MacInnis was in the latest feature of Whatever Happened To... in the Cape Breton Post!  You can read the full article here....

Closed, Saturday September 5, 2015

Our office will be closed on Saturday, September 5th in relation to Labour Day. We will reopen on Tuesday the 8th all refreshed and ready to look after you!

Welcome to our New Website

Visit our new optometry website for information about our Practice.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

It Could Be Pink Eye.

Request Your Next Appointment Online…

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