Welcome to the Optical Excellence blog. Follow us to receive news about fashionable trends in eyewear, glasses, frames and contact lenses.

Optical Excellence offers outstanding customer service and the best selection of fashionable frames in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. With our specialized and on-site lens-crafting equipment, we provide our clients with first class customer service and the very best in fashionable and affordable eyewear.

Our onsite lens-crafting equipment enables us to rapidly respond to your needs - with the ability to quickly create bifocals, multifocals and progressives, and custom-fit contact lenses and shape them perfectly for your eyes, the ‘look’ you want, and your personality.

Oliver Goldsmith and Bruce Tobin

 Bruce with Mr Oliver Goldsmith

Discussing the finer points of fashion-ready Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Optical Excellence’s Optician, Bruce Tobin learns from eyewear industry leader and owner, Oliver Goldsmith about his company’s top quality manufacturing techniques.

Store Renovations and the Oliver Goldsmith Collection


We are delighted to have finished our store renovations - and have added another exclusive line of eyewear to our impressive collection of beautiful, unique frames.

Our resident Optician, Bruce Tobin, met Oliver Goldsmith at the International Frame Show in New York City. Attracted by fashion, durability and style, Bruce was immediately drawn to his beautiful eyewear - and decided that the Oliver Goldsmith Collection would be the right-fit for our clients. We invite you to see the Oliver Goldsmith Collection. You’ll be glad you did.

Maximizing Eyewear Performance and Lifespan

We know that eyeglasses and frames can be an expensive purchase.

If you protect your investment with regular maintenance (just as you would with a car or expensive bike), it will make a huge difference to extend the lifespan of your frame.

Three simple tips to safeguard your eyewear investment:

Check out our New Blog Series!!

Here at Optical Excellence we understand how costly eyewear can be. It is for this reason that we want to share a few tips with our loyal clients in order to prolong the lifespan of your eyewear.  Within the coming weeks we are going to be giving you some handy “tips and tricks” that will help to ensure that you get the most out of your investment! If you have any questions, concerns, or if you want to know more feel free to pop by the store. You can also contact us via our Facebook page! 

We’ve Had a Makeover


It has been crazy and hectic time, giving Optical Excellence a much needed facelift! Our store is changing inside and out. We’ve said farewell to purple walls and a crowded sales floor.

Isson Eyewear

Isson Eyewear

Optical Excellence in the Glebe, is delighted to announce the the arrival of an intriguing new collection. We are excited to feature Isson in our boutique!

Spring is in the Air! We’re Renovating

We’re excited to announce that we are renovating! So far, we have updated our fitting tables and are on track to do a major renovation in April. Bruce and Wendy have been hard at work developing a plan to change the front desk area and create a chic, fashionable new and dynamic window area, and open up the floor space, for an even greater selection of affordable and stylish frames.

Vision Expo East!

New York CIty Vison Expo

Every year, Bruce Tobin, our Buyer, Optician and Co-owner at Optical Excellence goes to fabulous New York City in search of the most attractive, stylish and affordable eyewear. And, he returns to Ottawa with incredible finds!

The International Vision Expo and Conference is the place to be: to see the hottest trends in eyewear, fashionable frames, exciting developments in visual optics and contact lenses - and the latest technologies and advances in eyecare, eyewear and eye health. It’s on our calendar every year!

Vintage Collection

Vintage Black Cat's Eye

Did you know we carry vintage eyewear? Optical Excellence has an incredible selection of vintage frames from the 1940s to 1980s.

These vintage frames are originals in excellent condition and have never been worn. We have sizes available from adult to child - and they are absolutely stunning!

Retro Eyewear at Optical Excellence!

Karen & Al sporting their fabulous retro glasses!

Are you looking for a bold, distinctive look that jives with today's "hipster" or retro trend? Optical Excellence, in the historic Glebe, Ottawa has a wide collection of retro-inspired glasses and vintage frames that are sure to take your breath away! Our vintage collection has never been worn, and ranges from the 1940s - 1980s.

Here’s a unique experience from Karen and Al who married in 2012, with eyeglasses from Optical Excellence.

Cutler and Gross Collection New Arrivals

Cutler and Gross Collection

Optical Excellence is very pleased to announce that we are now carrying the the stunning Cutler and Gross Collection! These glasses offer a distinctive, bold look and are available in a wide variety of colour combinations. Each frame has a beautiful sparkle, thanks to the fabulous polish on the glasses.

Canadian Jr. Finance Minister Visits Optical Excellence!

Jr. Minister of Finance and Bruce Tobin

Optical Excellence of the Glebe, Ottawa was pleased to host Canada’s Junior Finance Minister, Mr. Ted Menzies and the Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIB), for an exciting announcement: the new Code of Conduct for Visa and Mastercard.

We were honoured to host this event, signalling the launch and expansion of the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry to include the use of mobile payments (e.g. payments made with smartphones).