Free Sunflower Seeds

April 21, 2016
Free giant sunflower seeds to plant this spring. While supplies last, stop on by Baden Eyecare Centre. (Limit one pouch per person so everyone can enjoy!)


Eye Colour

April 21, 2016
Eye "colours" look different because of the pattern and amount of brown pigment. Lighter eye colours, like blue, just have less brown pigment.


March 1, 2016
Don't forget your sunglasses if you travel down south. The suns rays are stronger near the equator, so sun protection is a must.  If you're heading out for winter fun, remember that we have ski, snowboard and snowmobile goggles available in prescription.

Central vs Side Vision

January 19, 2016
Central vision is best at seeing fine detail but side vision detects movement best, which is why people often see something "out of the corner of their eye".

Baden Santa Claus Parade 2015

December 5, 2015
Had a great time in the 2015 Baden Santa Claus Parade!


Free Colour Contacts Open House

November 19, 2015
Want to change your look? Try colour contact lenses! Join us for a FREE open house on Saturday November 21st 2015 from 12 to 2 pm to try some sample pairs. If you haven't worn contacts before, don't worry - we'l help you out.

Autumn Leaves

October 21, 2015
Fall leaves change colour as the green chlorophyll photopigment goes away, finally showing the pretty reds, yellows & oranges that are also in the leaves.


Eyes Learn to See up to Age 6

October 5, 2015
Children's eyes learn to see up to age 6. Make sure they can with a routine eye check-up.

Digital Retinal Imaging

September 21, 2015
Digital retinal photos make it easier to compare how your eyes change over the years and so may help detect problems earlier.

Foundry St. Parkette Bridge

September 10, 2015

Thanks to everyone who donated to buy the planks to build the bridge at the new Foundry St. Parkette! This Saturday September 12th the Baden Community Association will be out installing those planks to complete the bridge, but help is needed! Starting at 8 am come on out with your cordless drill to help finish the project. Lunch & water will be provided by the BCA. For details:


Water Depth

August 23, 2015

Can't tell how deep the water is? Light rays travel slower in water than in air, so the ground looks closer than it really is.


Drops that Could Dissolve Cataracts

July 29, 2015

Early studies have shown promise for a drop, lanosterol, that could dissolve cataracts. Although a long way from approval for use in humans, it has improved vision for some dogs!


2015 Baden Corn Fest Human Foosball

July 29, 2015
Only a couple more days to register your team of 6-8 for the Human Foosball Tournament at the Baden Corn Fest (, registration ends Friday July 31st at 5 pm.  The forms and fees can be dropped off at our office during business hours.  For more information:

2015 Baden Corn Fest Dinner Tickets

July 23, 2015

Just over two weeks until the Baden Corn Fest!  Corn Roast dinner tickets are available from the Baden Eyecare Centre ($12 cash/debit), online through PayPal at  ($13), or the information booth on the festival Saturday.  Hope to see everyone there! 


2015 Baden Corn Fest colouring contest

July 7, 2015

Attention all kids:  just a few more weeks to complete your colouring contest entry for the 2015 Baden Corn Fest.  Entries can be dropped off at the Baden Eyecare Centre until July 31st.  Download the contest colouring page here: or pick up at our office.   Prizes in three age categories, donated by Sight and Sound Studios in New Hamburg!  


Shooting Glasses

June 17, 2015
Into target shooting? Make sure you wear the proper ballistic eye protection for the sport. Yellow, orange, red, grey, clear - different colour lenses work well for different shooting conditions.

Glow in the Dark Frames

June 9, 2015
Newly arrived Lacoste frames with super-fun glow in the dark arms, as excitedly modeled by Winnie!

Baden Backyard BBQ

May 20, 2015

Check out the Baden Public Backyard BBQ from 5 till 8 this Thursday.  Baden Eyecare Centre donated a gorgeous pair of Nicole Miller sunglasses to bid on at the silent auction - be sure to take a peek!


Buy a Plank Donation

May 20, 2015

See the front page of this month's Baden Outlook for an inspirational story about a class of adorable kindergarten students who all worked to buy a bridge plank for the Baden Community Association's Foundry St. parkette, then visited Dr. Frank at Baden Eyecare Centre to proudly make their donation.


Sunny Days… Keeping Those Rays Away!

April 23, 2015

Ah, spring!  With winter finally over, we can get out and start enjoying the great outdoors once again.   Make sure you bring your sunglasses along for the journey!

Think of sunglasses as sunscreen for the eyes.  The strong rays of the sun damage your skin and cause a burn, and this can also be true for eyes.  A “welder’s flash” is a quick sunburn on the front of the eye and is REALLY painful, but you can also get sunburns on the back of the eye that can be painless yet permanently blinding.  UV exposure also worsens cataracts and macular degeneration, making sunglasses a must for outdoor adventures.

Polarized lenses are great for people who love to be by the water – fishermen swear by them!  They eliminate most of the glare from the waves but can also block some digital displays, so clocks and gas pump readouts can be hard to see with them on.  Lenses can instead be tinted to become sunglasses, which allows for many more choices such as colour, darkness, and gradient patterns.  Colour-changing lenses like Transitions® combine regular and sunglasses in one pair of glasses, but don't darken well when driving.

The colour that you choose for your lenses is mostly cosmetic.  Some look better with the frame colour while some people are light-sensitive and so go for dark gray.  Certain tints are better for sports where they enhance the contours of the terrain or make seeing a target easier.  A clear coating can instead be put onto lenses to make them “sunglasses” in terms of UV protection but do not make them dark at all.  Mirrors on the front of lenses are an option but they’re just for fun, not function.

If you have a higher prescription, then here’s some good news – your expensive lenses likely have UV protection built in!  Sunglasses are still nice to combat brightness, but they’re not as essential as for those with low or no prescription.

Frame choice is important, too.  Ones that wrap around your face or are over-sized to prevent sun from getting to your eyes are best.  Other than that, it’s just a matter of what looks the most fabulous on you!

With glasses, you often get what you pay for.  Good lens materials and coatings will cause less visual distortion and strain; however, even cheap sunglasses can protect your eyes if they are marked with “100% UVA & UVB protection” or very close to it.

Hopefully the springtime sun is shining right now, so make sure you protect your eyes to enjoy that sight for a long time to come!

This article is for informational purposes only.  Please consult a registered eyecare professional to discuss your personal needs.

Copyright 2015 Dr. Sonya Frank
Originally published in the April 2015 Baden Outlook, page 5


Free Baby Sunglasses

April 22, 2015
Free sunglasses for babies 6 to 18 months will be given at their eye exam with Dr. Sonya Frank at the Baden Eyecare Centre until the end of May 2015.

Lions Club Donations Used Glasses

March 15, 2015
Used glasses can be given a new life by donating them to developing countries. We gladly accept donations of old glasses on behalf of the Lions Club.

Telescopic Contact Lenses

February 19, 2015
Researchers are developing contact lenses with tiny telescopes to boost vision by zooming in and out with the wink of an eye.


Children's Eye Care

February 3, 2015

Great article from the perspective of a parent showing the importance of eye exams for young children. Even if everything seems fine, there could be a treatable problems preventing them from seeing to their full potential.


eSight Glasses

January 24, 2015
New technology can enable people with low vision to see better. A Guelph woman with Stargardt disease (a type of macular degeneration) was able to see better using glasses fitted with a camera and small high definition screens in the lenses.  With the help of this technology she was able to see her newborn baby. Read more on


Wiley X & American Sniper Movie

January 19, 2015
Wiley X, our newest sunglasses and safety line can be seen on Bradley Cooper in the new movie American Sniper (Wiley X tactical model Saint CHSAI04).

Wiley X

January 16, 2015
Wiley X is now available at the Baden Eyecare Centre! We’re excited to announce we are the only authorized dealer of Wiley X sun and safety glasses in the greater Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford areas. Motorcycling, hunting, shooting, construction safety and everyday sun protection, Wiley X has you covered with ballistic grade lenses and stylish frames. Learn more at


Baden Optimist Free Skate 2015

January 15, 2015
This Sunday January 18th 2015 from 2:30-4:15 pm be sure to check out a free skating event at the Wilmot Recreation Complex brought to you by the Baden Optimist Club and organized by Dr. Sonya Frank.  Treats will be provided, and food bank donations will be accepted for the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.

Baden Santa Claus Parade 2014

December 7, 2014
Hope everyone had a great time at the 2014 Baden Santa Claus Parade! If you missed us, here's a picture of Dr. Sonya Frank and our float. Thanks to the Baden Optimist Club and the Baden Chamber of Commerce for organizing a great parade.

Update: We won 3rd place in the commercial category! Congratulations to all the other winners, and everyone else that came out for an awesome parade. Check out the Baden Optimist parade event page for a complete list of the top floats in each category. 



December 4, 2014

Sunglasses are a "must", even in winter!  They protect your lens, retina, cornea, iris, the white of the eye and the skin around the eye.   When shopping for new shades, be sure they have 100% UV protection.  Polarized lenses don’t add extra UV protection, but they do reduce sun glare which is especially great for people who love to be by the water.  Colour and lens darkness is up to personal preference; some colours can even help enhance vision for particular sports and activities.  As with any pair of glasses, quality lenses make a difference for both durability as well as optics by limiting distortion, thereby enhancing clarity.  A good frame is also important, with large and/or wraparound styles providing additional protection from the sun.  To learn more, check out this article.