Though SEE Eyewear’s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop’s exclusive coveted selection.
From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn’t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.
Across three locations, the opticians at Cunningham Vision Centers help customers select from a variety of designer frames and fit them with high-quality lenses. In the show room, experts help match frames with customers' individual face shapes. Cunningham Vision Centers then forges any existing prescription into accurate single-vision or progressive lenses before fitting the lenses into the frames. Lens prices vary based on the patient's prescription, and lens materials range from standard plastic to polycarbonate to the thinner and lighter high index. Clients have the option to add additional lens treatments, such as anti-glare treatments, ultraviolet protection, or a scratch-resistant coating that protects spectacles from grizzly bears demanding to try them on just once.
For eye exams, available by appointment, Dr. Thomas Cunningham channels more than a quarter-century of experience when regaling patients about the ‘80s invention of indoor sunglasses or assessing ocular health. He’s joined by the former team optometrist for the Detroit Lions—Dr. Jeffrey Rautio—who takes a special interest in dry eye and glaucoma management as well as specialty contact lenses.
Optometrist Dr. Michelle Calder ensures that Urban Optiques Vision’s boutique store gives visitors plenty of incentive to improve their sight. She fills the space with bright colors, original artwork, studio lighting, and original furnishings, including eyewear cases and mirrors handmade from recovered materials such as wood, copper pipe, and hammered metal. In these colorful surroundings, Dr. Michelle treats patients with optometric services including general eye exams, contact-lens fittings, and ocular-disease diagnosis and treatment, equipping them with the tools to spot eagles before the eagles spot them. Meanwhile, at one of the store’s glass-topped fitting tables, opticians fit visitors for designer, luxury, and vintage eyewear by makers such as Tom Ford, Lafont, Chrome Hearts, and Miu Miu.
In 1974, the founders of Northville Vision Clinic couldn’t have predicted the technology that would shape their business four decades in the future. Now, Dr. Martin Levin and his team of ocular experts wield powerful sight-enhancing technology that allows them to quickly examine the inner workings of eyes. Retinal cameras photograph the interior of they eye without the need to dilate the pupil. A computer-guided autorefractor machine measures the prescription of each eye automatically, saving patients the hassle of looking through myriad lenses and sitting through tedious slideshows of the eye-chart’s visit to other exam-room walls. Smart Mirror technology lets customers view simulations of themselves wearing any frame or lens so they can judge material thickness, magnification, and the color of tinted contact lenses in their eyes.
Galper Eye Center serves as a gallery for wearable contemporary art. The flying-saucer-shaped lights hanging from the ceiling illuminate a collection of glasses frames that break fashion molds. Rather than simply gluing colored macaroni to Ray-Ban frames, the staff strives to stock particularly creative examples of eyewear. They've even held a design showcase for Ziggy and Jean Reno, encouraging guests to browse the collection of hard-to-find specs.
Though its style may be edgy, the center focuses on classic convenience when it comes to eye care. Its optometrist provides exams, contact-lens fittings, and services for pre- and post-op clients, and its vision-therapy programs aid those with binocular vision problems.
Levine Eye Care Center boasts 25 years of ocular expertise and an office full of stylish and practical sight-adjusting accessories. A complete eye exam ($75) can certify boastful claims of 20/20 vision with an obstacle course of evaluations such as astigmatism identification, pupil-enlarging retina searches, and a lightning round of eye chart Boggle. Bifocal contact-lens wearers can get their yearly assessment ($125), and farsighted sufferers who prefer frameless adjustments can obtain a soft-lens exam ($69) or simply choose to focus on distant objects.
The optometrists at eyeQ optical help patients protect their eyesight with preventative care. They treat these patients to comprehensive exams, zeroing in on exact prescriptions and checking for maladies such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes.
After the exam, specialists guide patients toward a stunning array of old-fashioned and ultramodern frames from labels such as Laura Ashley, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Dakota Smith. They then fashion glasses to patients' exact specifications and needs, with optional coatings that enhance scratch resistance, UV blockage, antireflective qualities, and the ability to see the world in all three dimensions.