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This is how one eyewear store is planning to reopen in Toronto

If you sat on your glasses and broke them sometime during quarantine, good news: you can finally get them replaced. 

Retailers will begin to open up across Ontario on May 19, and  while that doesn't include optical stores, some glasses providers will also be opening for emergency cases. 

Stores like IC Clear Optical have implemented new measures in hopes that they'll be able to let shoppers inside by appointment only.

Just like dentists, some of whom are able to provide emergency services under the Health Protection and Safety Act, optical operators can provide urgent and essential care like repairs.

The Gerrard Street East shop will soon allow people who've lost or broken their eyewear to enter its store, peruse their glasses, and even try them on, says IC's owner, Shatru Kumar. 

You'll be able to book a time slot via e-mail or over the phone. It's encouraged that you shop alone to avoid congestion in the store. 

Due to the proximity IC's products will have to customers' faces, intense disinfection measures are being implemented.

Aside from the regular face shields, masks, and gloves worn by staff, and the plexiglass barrier at the reception desk, it will be mandatory for visitors to wear face masks at all times as well, otherwise they'll be denied entry at the door. 

All non-essential items like magazines and pamphlets have been removed from waiting areas, as have receipts, to reduce paper handling. 

When it comes to trying glasses on, your spectacles will be handled by glove-wearing opticians, who disinfect each frame when customers leave the store. 

Same goes for the entirety of IC Clear, which Shatru says undergoes disinfection between appointments that includes cleaning countertops, door-knobs, and other high-touch surfaces regularly. 

Optometrists have yet to receive a green light from the provincial government, so no eye exams will be performed at IC Clear just yet, but you can order contact lenses from the store and have them delivered to you for free. 

Lead photo by

IC Clear 


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