We are looking for an optician and a receptionist! Positions open until September 6th. Please send us your resume!
Mermaid Vision in Lunenburg has been offering quality eyewear paired with excellent service since 2009. Here you will find your favourite brands but also you will find something different that you can’t find anywhere else. Mermaid Vision is South Shore’s Varilux Experience provider! Equipped with the VisiOffice 2 System, quality products and a caring team, selecting eyeglasses is an enjoyable experience.
Mermaid Vision is operated by three local women: Caila Russell, Optician, Manager, Tanya MacPhee, Optician, Director and Tina McGuigan, Optician, Founder. All three enjoy helping people select a frame that not only fits well, but also looks fabulous. Tanya is also a licensed contact lens fitter.
Dr. Tom Carton, optometrist, provides very comprehensive eye exams, complete with the technology, diagnostics and imaging that patients are looking for. Contact lenses and contact lens fitting appointments are available as well.
A big part of our success is due to the help from our support staff, Nikki Harnish, Kay Ennis and Laura Germani.
Our team of opticians
Caila Russell, D.O.
Caila Russell, manager of Mermaid Vision, became a licensed optician in 2005 but has worked in the industry since 1996, beginning as an optical lab manager. She knows lenses inside and out and she has a keen attention to detail. She is working towards completion of the Varilux Xpert program.
Caila’s passion is frames. She is primarily the one who manages the frame boards and orders in new frames. She keeps our stock new and modern and really enjoys helping people find the perfect style, especially if they dare to be different. Some of the new styles being released are absolutely wild. Nothing makes Caila happier than when someone looks awesome in these frames. The VisiOffice is Caila’s favourite piece of equipment because lenses that are customized to the wearer offer more clarity.
Caila was born and raised in Lunenburg County. In her spare time, you can find her reading, walking on the beach or just relaxing. Caila lives near Conquerall Bank with her husband, Jason, teenage son, Ethan, and two border collies, Cooper and Jack.
Tanya MacPhee, D.O., C.C.L.F.
Tanya MacPhee, director of Mermaid Vision, became a licensed optician in 2003 and a licensed contact lens fitter in 2007. She also serves as a director for the Nova Scotia College of Dispensing Opticians and the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators. Tanya is able to offer eyeglass and contact lens services in both English and French. Besides being available in-office, she is available for nursing home and in-home visits for both eyeglasses dispensing and low vision products and assessments. Tanya has completed the Varilux Xpert program and is passionate about the technical details behind optics and good lens technology.
Tanya writes articles for the South Shore Breaker and Chronicle Herald to help educate the public on eyewear and eye health. She is also in charge of our marketing, social media and outreach.
Tanya has lived in Nova Scotia her whole life. She was raised in Hants County but has lived in Lunenburg County for the past 15 years. In her spare time, you can find her fly fishing, hiking or back country camping. She is a volunteer for the fishing research program at Kejimikujik National Park. Tanya lives in
Hebb’s Cross with her chocolate lab named Rosie.
Tina McGuigan Ouellette, D.O.
Tina McGuigan Ouellette founder of Mermaid Vision, became a licensed optician in 2001 but has worked in the optical industry since 1995 in various environments, in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She opened Mermaid Vision in June of 2009. Tina is working towards completion of the Varilux Xpert program.
Tina is passionate about eyewear. Everything from the technical details to finding the perfect frame. In particular, Tina really likes to explain to people about the awesome optics that Maui Jim sunglasses offer and she is very fond the Varilux Digitime task specific lens. She wears this lens at work and recommends it to many of her clients. Tina works at Mermaid Vision part time.
Tina was born in Nova Scotia but grew up in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Nova Scotia called her back home. In her spare time, you can find her sailing, reading, doing yoga, walking, hooking rugs or travelling. Tina lives in Mahone Bay with her husband and their Cairn Terrier, Widget.
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26 Duke Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Monday : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday : 9:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday : 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday : CLOSED
Sunday : CLOSED