Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
At Eye Health Center of Troy, licensed and board-certified eye doctors carefully tune peepers for optimal performance with comprehensive eye exams, finely crafted lenses, and fashionable frames. After training as an undergraduate in Lucknow, India, ophthalmologist Pamela Kaw immigrated to the U.S. to focus her studies on optical infections and tend to patients of all ages and visual impairments. Along with fellow eye specialists Tom Feiden and Linda Haughney, Dr. Kaw peeks into soul windows with comprehensive inspections before recommending one of several technologically advanced lens options. After settling on a prescription, doctors assist patients in dressing their pupils with stylish frames and 3-D monocles from designers such as Armani Exchange, Vera Bradley, or Kensie.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Sharpening vision since 1915, the ocular experts at Buenau’s Opticians craft lightweight lenses and pair them with a vast array of fashionable frames. A thorough eye exam ($95) evaluates patients’ peepers to determine ocular health, vision, and likelihood of shooting lasers from the pupils. The style-savvy staff can help customers navigate more than 700 frames from designers including Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Hard-to-fit patients may adorn their noses with the 2.5 TwoPointFive frames, a micro-cristalline polyamide frame designed to flex and adapt to virtually any face shape. Customers can pair Hugo Boss frames ($220) with a set of polycarbonate lenses ($125), or spruce up a set of old spectacles with polycarbonate transition lenses ($200). With the Smart Mirror, an imaging device that takes a series of photographs to allow virtual try-ons, patients can view their frames without their prescription lenses or the aid of a sketch artist.
Pearl Street Pub’s classic fare complements its elegant, simple setting accented with a wood-paneled bar, warm lighting, and an outdoor patio. Pre- or post-meal, join in on one of the pub’s weekly events, which include comedy nights, trivia nights, and happy hours featuring live bands.
Diamond Vision’s quartet of doctors boasts extensive experience with LASIK’s CustomVue IntraLase eye-correction procedure—so extensive that they regularly teach it to other doctors. Each doctor has completed a long process of fellowship training, licensing, and certification to refurbish eyes suffering from varying degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Though controlled low-temperature lasers and fine blades are the main components of their medical toolkits, they also implement iris registration to customize procedures and measure tissue properties with devices such as an Ocular Response Analyzer and Oculus Pentacam camera.
Diamond Vision's fabled clientele includes a menagerie of celebrities such as Tiki Barber, Mickey Rourke, and Tito Nieves, the reigning king of salsa. Decades of research, development, and practice have refined LASIK's eye-mending technology, so customers can rest assured knowing a career in dart throwing or seeing around corners is not only possible, it's definitely possible.