Moved UP to the 8th floor

Thank you for the support over the last 20 years.  Next time you visit look for us on the 8th floor of the same building.  Our new address is #800 – 736 Granville Street.  Our phone number and email address are staying the same. We strive to constantly change and improve your experience.  We will be able to provide you with more space and a more private and enhanced patient and client experience.

Now accepting direct billing to insurance

We are now able to direct bill many extended health insurance plans!  When you come in for your eye exam please bring your insurance card and register yourself on the insurance company’s website, then we can let you know if your plan can be billed directly.  Unfortunately, at this time there is no way for us to tell how much your plan will cover until we make a submission.  If you are curious how much your… Read More

Blue Light Filter For Glasses

We are connected to a digital world almost 24-7, could this be harmful to our eyes? Blue light is emitted from all our electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, TVs, and even energy efficient light bulbs.  A blue light filter on your glasses helps to prevent the potentially harmful blue wavelength light from getting into our eyes. Blocking blue light helps prevent eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, and blurred vision. Before you purchase your… Read More

TWECS Eye Care Mission 2015: Return to Tacloban

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The following are dispatches sent by Dr. McDougall from his eye care mission to the Philippines in November, 2015. November 11, 2015:  Today is Remembrance Day I feel even more grateful than usual. Grateful for the country I live in, grateful for health and peace, and grateful that I am free to make my own choices about how to live my life. But as I am packing up to leave for the… Read More

Building Community

We believe in building community inside and outside of our office.  And around the world. Everyone at the Vancouver Block Optometrists donates their time, and helps raise money for local charities including the C.N.I.B, B.C. Guides Dogs, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Vancouver Food Bank, and Covenant House. We are also deeply involved with Special Olympics B.C.  Dr. McDougall is a clinical director of the “Opening Eyes” vision care program of Special Olympics Canada,… Read More

The 20-20-20 Rule


Many of us spend a good deal of our time staring at screens, from laptops, computers,smart phones, gaming systems and television we can put a lot of strain on our eyes or cause eye fatigue. This quick rule can help to reduce some of that stress. When using your screens give your eyes a break. Use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on… Read More

November is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada

It is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada and I wanted to share some facts from my blog on how diabetes and its complications can affect not only your vision, but the delicate structures inside your eye. Facts from the Canadian Diabetes Association: With an estimated 3.4 million Canadians living with diabetes, it touches most of us. Untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause severe health problems and even be fatal. Early detection for… Read More

World Sight Day


World Sight day is an annual awareness day that falls on the second Thursday of October. Its objective is to bring attention to blindness and vision impairment. WSD is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. The global theme is “Universal Eye Health” and this year IAPB asks us to think about: Eye care for all. World Vision Facts from IAPB: Approximately 285… Read More

Smoking and Eye Health

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While many people know the risks of smoking to their overall health, often there is less awareness of the impact of smoking on vision and the eyes. Avoiding smoking or taking steps to quit, lowers your risk of vision impairment and vision loss. The Canadian Association of Optometrists indicate that smokers are at higher risk for the following conditions: Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) The macula is the central most part of the… Read More

Pregnancy & Vision


Women experience a myriad of physical changes during pregnancy such as body tenderness, water retention, and nausea – but few women know about the impacts pregnancy can have on their vision according to the Doctors of Optometry of Canada. Every mom-to-be experiences hormone fluctuations, but what most don’t know, is that these changes can cause them to develop conditions such as blurred vision and dry eye and severe changes to vision, may… Read More

Eye Health


The most important thing you can do to preserve your eyesight is to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups. Like the rest of your body your eyes will change gradually as you age. However, unlike the rest of your body, the eyes often don’t hurt if something is wrong. We’ll advise you when it’s time to be re-examined. So, don’t rely on broken glasses or lost contact lenses to remind you of your… Read More

New Technology for Eye Health Assessment


We use high-tech digital photography in our clinic. The digital retinal camera takes pictures of the inside of the eye, so that the doctors can monitor any eye health changes in the retina (including the optic nerve, macula, and vasculature of the retinal blood vessels). The eye is the only part of the body where blood vessels can be examined directly without using an invasive procedure. Your doctor will be watching for early… Read More

Healthy eyes for a better life

Enjoying good vision and eye health may be something we take for granted, but taking care of your eyes now can mean a lifetime of seeing as well as possible. Protect your eyes at work, rest and play. Eye injuries can be devastating. Encourage children to wear protective eye wear by wearing it yourself. Properly fitted protective eye wear won’t hurt performance and may save your sight. Protect your eyes from the… Read More

Ever wonder what a person with a colour deficiency sees?

Awesome Animation Shows You What Color blind People See Colour blindness, or colour vision deficiency, affects approximately 1 in 12 males, and 1 in 100 females. There are various causes for the condition. For the majority of sufferers, the condition is genetic. However, illnesses such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis can cause degeneration of sight and cause vision deficiencies. So have you ever wondered what the world looks like to the colour blind?


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Blue Light

Although research is still early, blue light does affect our eyes and sleep patterns. Please inquire at our office about blue blocking glasses or simply turn down the brightness on all your electronic devices to help preserve your eye health. what-is-the-blue-light-from-our-screens-really-doing-to-our-eyes For those who like to read the scientific literature directly, here’s a quick tour of some of the latest findings, and a search on blue light and melatonin via the U.S…. Read More

The average dog has 20/75 vision

Did you know? The average dog has 20/75 vision, meaning a dog sees the same thing at 20 feet than humans with normal vision can see at 75 feet. The longer a dog’s nose, the greater his field of vision!

Meet Gidget – seeing eye dog in training

If you have been to our clinic, you may have met Gidget (she may have been sleeping under Anita’s desk). Gidget is being trained to be a guide dog for the visually impaired by Dr. Cindy Wagner. As a guide dog in-training, she has full public access. A requirement of Gidget’s training, by BC Guide Dogs, is that she must always be with someone (so that she gets used to, and always wants to be with her owner). Gidget is still a… Read More

Flying with Colour Blindness

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Though color blindness may not seem interesting to anyone who doesn’t have firsthand experience with it, and reading about it may not feel like a worthwhile investment of time, I discovered a lot of fascinating information as I researched the challenge faced by aviators affected by this condition. And though I personally don’t have first hand experience with color blindness, I do have years of experience with vision problems. As a young… Read More

TWECS Eye Care Mission 2013, Philippines: After Typhoon Haiyan


These dispatches were written by Dr. McDougall on a February, 2014 mission to the area of the Philippines devastated by a “Super Typhoon” in November 2013.  We have arrived safely in Tacloban, and the first impression of the devastation is staggering. Flying in gave a sweeping perspective of the damage from the typhoon: in the outlying areas there are entire hillsides covered in Palm trees that have seen stripped of all of… Read More