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Optometrist Alex Ray
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Optometrist Alex Ray

Extract from brochure “Belleville and Her Industries” produced by the Daily Intelligencer in 1909 "ALEX. RAY. Belleville is particularly fortunate in having in her midst an optical specialist of unusual ability and experience, one who has a wide reputation throughout Canada amongst men who are conversant with such matters, for a thorough knowledge of the subject. The gentleman referred to is Mr. Alex. Ray, whose optical parlors are situated in a three-storey bu4lding at 267 Front Street. In 1892, Mr. Ray established himself here in the combined business of a drug store and optical parlors. However, he soon found that the demands made on his time as a consulting optician left him little opportunity to devote much thought to the drug business, and his work continued to increase to such an extent that in 1904 he disposed of the drug business and resolved to devote all his time and energies to testing and prescribing for troublesome eyes. Too much importance and emphasis cannot be computed to the good work Mr. Ray has done in this line amongst the residents of Belleville and surrounding towns, and many a person with afflicted eyes or imperfect sight owes present and abiding relief to the effectual services rendered by him. his optical parlors are handsomely fitted up and equipped with the most modern appliances and conveniences known to optical science. He makes a specialty of obscure cases of eyestrain and has been most successful in diagnosing and prescribing for such cases. Mr. Ray graduated in 1896 from the Optical Institute of Canada and took a Post Graduate course at South Bend College, Indiana, where he graduated as a Doctor of Opticals. For years before his graduation, he received practical training and practice as dispenser to the late Dr. Buller. He is Vice-President and member of the Executive of the Canadian Association of Opticians and is a member of the American Association of Opticians. Dr. Ray is not satisfied with the ordinary qualifications for his work, but is ever on the alert for anything in advance, and in 1906, took a four weeks’ special course of practical demonstrations on hundreds of patients with Dr. Chalmers Prentice, oculist, author, etc., formerly of London, England, now of New York. Dr. Prentice is recognized as an authority on all forms of latent eye strain, and his system of correction by lenses and prisms is far in advance of the ordinary text-book methods as followed by the majority of opticians and oculists. Dr. Ray has had great success in those obscure cases of eye-strain by use of the “Prentice System,” where all the usual methods failed in the hands of the ordinary opticians and oculists. "