Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. So when the owners of Optiks International saw a chance to vertically integrate their business model—and cut down time between an eye exam and obtaining glasses—they jumped on it. The optometrists inside their chain offer the convenience of one-stop lens shopping. Technicians can create custom-fitted standard, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, including digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of chosen frames.
Each store stocks a supply of more than 4,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Coach, Armani, Ray-Ban, and Oakley. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing clients to give a pair of glasses to a family member or pair their purchase with prescription sunglasses to avoid darkening regular specs with a whiteboard marker when leaving the house.
Just as two eyes must work together to bring the world into focus, the pair of doctors at EyeMax Eyecare's two locations keeps eyes and styles in top shape with exams, wellness screenings, and new fittings. Together, Dr. Parm Sandhu—the founder of EyeMax and a graduate of the New England College of Optometry in Boston—and Dr. Mandeep Gill—who specializes in the diagnosis of ailments such as acute glaucoma and refractive-surgery care—craft accurate prescriptions to keep the film projectors in our heads running smoothly. At each location, opticians help select new designer frames from brands such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade.
Under the direction of licensed optician Carolin Roussel, the team of eye-care specialists at Eye Etiquette Optical Boutique outfit customers' eyes in stylish frames. Patrons peruse sunglasses in more than 15 designer brands, including Oakley ($165+), Ray-Ban ($140+), and Nine West ($125+), for use during poker tournaments and dinner dates with the aurora borealis. All of the boutique's shades can provide 100 per cent UV protection with polarized and non-polarized lenses.
Perfect Look Optical's team of eye care professionals and lab technicians help remedy near- and farsightedness with sight tests, a variety of prescription lenses, and an array of designer sunglasses and glasses to fit each visitor’s facial features. The centre's exams test sight for conditions such as astigmatism and for visual acuity and depth perception. Their Guess and Marc Jacobs sunglasses, available with or without prescriptions, bear polarized lenses to protect eyes from the sun's UV rays and attempt to instigate pie-throwing fights. Preparation time varies depending on the prescription and type of frame, but technicians may be able to fill some orders within an hour.