Job Posting

Almonte Family Optometrists is hiring. Our busy optometric practice is looking for an energetic person to join our team. Experience in a health care setting is preferred but not required. This is a part-time position, approximately 25-30 hours per week. Flexibility in work hours is required. Salary is dependent on experience and education.

The successful applicant will be the first point of contact for our patient and should exhibit good customer service skills, telephone manner and an ability to work with minimal supervision. Attention to detail and a positive and pleasant demeanor is extremely important.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please email your resume to: almonte@ottawafamilyeyecare.com. No phone calls please.

Tips for Adapting to Progressive Lenses

If you’ve needed help with your distance vision in the past and you’re over the age of 40, you’ll notice at some point that you also need help with reading material close up. In the past, this meant either juggling distance and reading glasses, or choosing “bifocals” or “trifocals”.

Progressive lenses have made the need for “bifocals” or “trifocals” more appealing. With no visible line dividing the lenses, progressives do away with a significant visual distraction (and help to achieve a more youthful appearance!). Progressives also mean you can rely on just one pair of glasses.

What’s it like?

Although a transition period is definitely needed, the success rate in adapting is very high. From our extensive experience, we can say that 97 to 98% of people adapt comfortably and quickly to their progressives.

It’s important to be aware of the symptoms that can be experienced during the initial period of adaptation:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea / dizziness, including ‘swimmy’ or ‘swaying’ sensation in vision
  • Depth perception (e.g. feeling uncertain about how far away some objects are from you)
  • Uncertainty around stairs, changes in level
  • Changes in peripheral vision can make the main field of vision feel narrow

Most issues will be particularly noticeable in the first few minutes of wear, and symptoms can persist for 2 to 4 weeks. However, in most cases, the adaptation period is just days.

What can I do?

The flexibility and benefits to be gained from switching to progressives is very much worth it for most people. There are a number of things you can do to help make the change progress more quickly.

Preparing for progressives

  1. Be prepared to tell your optometrist about your main activities (work, hobbies, home tasks, etc.) so that you can have the right lenses customized to your lifestyle.
  2. Choose frames that are extremely comfortable and well adjusted to your face.

Once you have them

  • Spend time getting used to the new areas in your lenses: near, intermediate, and far. Learning these zones and using them properly will make a huge difference.
  • The most critical thing you can do is to commit to wearing your new progressives exclusively. Taking the change slowly by alternating with your previous lenses will only make the change harder and draw it out.

Personalizing your lenses

Step one that we talked about above is really important. We all live differently, and it’s important for your optometrist to know if you spend much more time outdoors and focusing more on intermediate and distant objects, or if you typically spend more time working in an office setting, studio, or kitchen where you’re switching your eyes between more things in close proximity.

A good understanding of how you live will help your optometrist to fit your lenses to your lifestyle and increase your comfort with the whole process.

Thinking you might be ready for progressives? Make an appointment with either our Gloucester clinic or our Almonte clinic.

Labour Day weekend closure & Saturday openings this fall

As we get close to September, we’d like to remind you of current clinic hours, the Labour Day closure, and Saturday openings in Almonte this fall.

Statutory Holidays

Both clinics are always closed for statutory holidays, including: Labour Day (Monday, September 7th) and Thanksgiving (Monday, October 12th).

Almonte Saturday Openings

Saturday hours are 8am – 2pm on the following dates at our Almonte clinic:

  • Sept 12 and 19
  • Oct 3 and 17
  • Nov 7 and 21
  • Dec 5 and 19

We wish you an enjoyable Labour Day weekend and look forward to seeing you soon!

Notice of temporary closure for COVID-19

On the recommendation of the College of Optometry, we have decided to close our offices until March 29th to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. We feel it’s important to heed the government’s call for social distancing at this critical time.

Open only for urgent care

Updated March 20th: Both our Almonte and Gloucester offices will be closed except for urgent care as per the recommendations from the Ministry of Health. Appointments for routine care are cancelled but we are available for urgent cases.

If patients need to order contact lenses, this can be done through our website or by sending an email or leaving a message. Once contact lenses arrive, an appointment will be arranged for the patient to pick up.

Glasses can be picked up as well by arranging an appointment.

In all cases, we ask that you come to the clinic only if you are symptom-free and not in quarantine for another reason.

Almonte patients can leave a message at 613-256-0770 or by email at almonte@ottawafamilyeyecare.com.

Gloucester patients can call 613-745-5588 or email gloucester@ottawafamilyeyecare.com.

We thank you for your understanding and patience at this challenging time. Stay well.