Q. How did you become interested in eyewear and what kind of training, if any, did you have?
A. I had no previous training before starting my position, although I had a lot of experience working with the public. I received all my training on the job. I also participate in continuing education courses every year.
Q. What brought you to the Petrolia area and to Petrolia Optometry in particular?
A. I already lived in Petrolia. I applied for the job at Petrolia Optometry because I was looking for a position that would allow me to work with the public but also allow me to be creative and make a positive impact on people’s quality of life.
Q. What are some of your favorite boutique eye wear brands and why?
A. Some of my favourite ophthalmic brands are Chloe, Ann Taylor and Ray Ban because of their fashion-forward style and quality. I also really like Maui Jim because of their amazing lens tints, quality polarization and clarity of their lenses.
Q. What eyewear is popular now?
A. Current trends in frames are large plastic frames, elaborate and colourful temples and transparent coloured frames.
Q. What interests or excites you the most in the field of eye wear?
A. I like to read trade publications that introduce new trends in eyewear as well as watching what my four twenty-something children are wearing.
Q. What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the eyewear field, and how do you stay ahead of them?
A. More customization! Digitally surfaced lenses are now customizing eyeglass prescriptions resulting in clarity levels never before achievable. I also anticipate that new styles in eyeglasses will be all over the place. Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same frames! New frames will be all different shapes and sizes.
Q. Many people think they are restricted to one particular shape of eyewear. Is this true?
A. To a certain extent, the recommended frame shapes for certain face shapes are a great place to start. However, with so much variety in frame shapes and sizes these days, it just best to have fun trying on everything.
Q. Can you share a particularly satisfying patient story?
A. We have a patient at our office that likes very stylish, “different” frames. In anticipation of her next eye exam, we consulted several frame catalogues then ordered in some “funky” frames especially for her to try on. She was so impressed with our selections (and the effort that we put into it) that she ordered two pairs of glasses!