Their curved silhouettes would not look out of place in a high-end automobile showroom. The sleek titanium and alloy frames, some attached by spring hinges, are stamped with logos from brands such as Oliver Peoples, Giorgio Armani, and Cole Hahn. At Visions of Longmeadow, optical experts, who each possess at least 15 years of experience in the eyewear business, preside over the colorful range of glasses. Some members of the crew have nurtured their passion for eyesight at the shop, which has been in business since 1988, and others simply want help finding Waldo at the candy-cane factory. After customers have selected frames, they pair them with lenses ranging from basic single-vision lenses to high-index, scratch-resistant, antireflective, and transitional varieties.
Since placing a pair of glasses on the bridge of its first customer’s nose in 1970, the Marci family has outfitted generations with chic frames and discrete contact lenses. Matt Marci, along with his wife, Lorraine, continues to uphold his parents’ dedication to customer service at Windsor Optical, and maintains an inventory of eyewear that appeals to a number of styles and tastes. Within the cheery tangerine-hued walls of the shop, sparkling cases house frames and sunglasses from brands including Ray-Ban, DKNY, and Gucci that create stylish gazes. A collection of extended wear, disposable, and regular daily-wear contacts culled from a variety of trusted brands ensure undetectable vision repair. Once a month, Windsor Optical invites a licensed optometrist into the shop to perform onsite comprehensive exams that screen for all manner of ocular malady, from cataracts and glaucoma to permanent Magic Eye.
Across Visual Perceptions' three offices, a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists monitors ocular health and accuracy. In addition to standard eye exams, they administer emergency eye care and manage ocular diseases. Their offices house fine visual technology, including an OptiMap retinal-imaging system and an eye chart scribed by e.e. cummings. Once patients collect their fresh prescriptions, they can drop by the optical store, where licensed opticians outfit Gucci, Oakley, and Tom Ford frames with precisely ground lenses.
The team of five doctors at Eye Physicians of Northhampton employ modern techniques to help patients see better. Patients can find their perfect pair of frames in the optical shop, but others looking to lose the "four eyes" nickname can explore advanced surgical treatments. LASIK surgery restructures the cornea to improve nearsightedness and farsightedness, and the Allegretto Wave laser reduces secondary vision troubles such as night vision, halos, and the inability to see through lead.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
The on-staff optician at Plante Opticians outfits eyes with prescription lenses and frames crafted by a bevy of name-brand designers such as Gucci, Tag Heuer, and Ogi. Inside the boutique, voted Best of Worcester by Worcester Mag in 2009, an abundance of mirrors and deep-blue walls flanks shelves of stylish eyewear.