Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020
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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Understand the Brand: Ray-Ban

Founded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb, Ray Ban sunglasses have become iconic for their design and notoriety. Their signature styles, the ‘Wayfarer’ and ‘Aviator’ lines, date back to 1952. It’s rare to find eyewear with a history that storied, and that’s part of what makes a pair of Ray-Bans so special.

Made By Request of the US Air Force

As venerable as Ray-Ban is today for their fashionable contributions to eyewear, their start is much more humbled: in 1929, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready asked a New-York medical equipment manufacturer, Bausch & Lomb, if they could create a pair of sunglasses designed for pilots to wear when at altitude.
In 1936 the first prototype of Bausch & Lomb’s new glasses were released. Featuring plastic frames (a relatively new process in 1936) and anti-glare green lenses, the Ray-Bans (at the time simply called ‘Anti-Glare’) would undergo a series of rapid iterations, including adding impact resistant lenses in 1938 and metal frames in 1939 (at which time they were officially dubbed “Ray-Ban Aviators”.

Why Aviators Need… Aviators

When you’re tens of thousands of feet above the ground, things change. The air is thinner, the world becomes much smaller, and sunlight/glare rarely has cloud cover to shield ours eyes from it. The need for sunglasses at high altitudes is significant.
In the ‘30s, kalichrome lenses were used to filter out blue light and reduce glare. For pilots spending their time soaring in the skies, the difference these glasses made to their vision was significant and impactful.

Ray-Ban Today

Ray-Ban has been careful to preserve the iconic designs of the Aviator and Wayfarer lines, shaping them to ensure they remain timeless and relevant. While there are undoubtedly small changes to the overall design, the biggest changes and signs of modernization are in the lenses.
Today you can find Ray-Bans with a variety of lens options, including polarized and photochromic lenses.

1999 Acquisition by Luxottica

In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold their global eyewear division (which includes several optical brands, including Ray-Ban) for $640 million USD. In today’s dollars, that adds up to almost $1 billion ($923,590,000 to be precise). That’s no joke!
Luxottica is one of the world’s foremost optical groups, also representing brands like Armani Exchange, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, Tiffany & Co., and other well-known eyewear brands.

Try On a New Pair Today!

At New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic, we are proud to offer your customers access to hundreds of different styles of frames- including quintessential styles from Ray-Ban. If you’re looking for a new pair of Wayfarers at way fairer prices, we welcome you to visit us!
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What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

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Eyewear Boutique

Looking for a new pair of designer frames, some prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, or to fill your contact lens prescription? Our eyewear boutique offers the latest fashionable eyewear as well as a diverse selection of contact lenses.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.

Address

1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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