About Us

Optical Excellence, in business since 1986, offers top-quality service and a unique selection of affordable and fashionable eyewear. We are located in the Glebe, Ottawa community.

We offer friendly and outstanding customer service and the best selection of fashionable frames in Ottawa, Gatineau. With our onsite lens-crafting equipment, we provide top service and the very best in eyewear. We also have the ability to create bifocals, multifocals and progressives, and custom-fit contact lenses and shape them perfectly for your eyes.

Optical Excellence was purchased by Bruce and Wendy Tobin in 2004, breathing new life into a local institution, the Glebe’s original optical store. They expanded the eyewear product lines, introduced more fashionable frames, introduced custom contact lens fitting on premises, and purchased equipment to allow same-day cutting of optical lenses. In 2013, the store was totally renovated, for a modern and welcoming look and feel.

Excellent Selection of Fashionable Eyewear, Honest & Caring Service

We are grateful for the loyal customer relationships we have built over the years. Whether you’re a repeat customer or a new client, we welcome the opportunity to serve you - with an excellent selection of fashionable frames and outstanding, friendly customer service.

Keeping on top of eyewear and vision trends is very important to us. Every Spring, Bruce goes to Vision Expo East, held at the Javitz Center in New York City, the biggest optical show in North America (one of the 6 biggest shows in the world), to check out out the most interesting and appealing eyewear collections, and bring them to Ottawa, for the most up-to-date looks and fashionable frames - whether for prescription glasses, sunglasses, athletic or vocational eyewear - for our loyal clientele.

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Our People

Bruce Tobin
Bruce is a highly-educated optician dedicated to vision quality and eye health. He is an award-winning Optician and Contact Lens specialist who has over 35 years of experience in the optical industry. He began his career in a lab manufacturing prescription lenses by hand, and worked for many in Ottawa’s leading independent optical stores and retail chains before venturing out on his own to relaunch Optical Excellence. Bruce is also an authorized Golf Machine Instructor, with a Masters in Golf Stroke Engineering.

Wendy Tobin
Wendy is a retail tour de force, working the store floor and behind-the-scenes focusing on accounting, sales management and public relations and more. She sets the tone for our outstanding customer service, ensuring that each of our customers receive honest and caring service, and consistent quality while shopping at Optical Excellence. Wendy loves cats and totally enjoys Mr. Frodo Baggins’ lively involvement in her life.