Boasting vibrant, inviting décor speckled with fashionable frames, Wink Eyewear helps outfit customers with functional ocular accessories. Inside the bright eyewear boutique, frames by international designers wait anxiously to cling to cozy facial structures while improving the vision and appearance of Wink Eyewear's shelves. Stop UV rays from obfuscating oglers with prescription Ray-Ban Wayfarers ($278+), or try on a pair of handmade-in-Spain prescription Etnia Barcelona frames ($468+) that endow irises with striking colors such as red, blue, and checkered. Imported from Paris, prescription glasses by Alain Mikli ($918 on average) are made with ultra-light titanium and organic plant-based acetates, which appeal especially to green eyes and eyes that have publicly announced that they are going green.
With 20 years of industry experience, Jonathan Sollers at Shawnee Optix graces faces with expertly fitted frames from designer brands such as Nike, Rayban, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. The shop’s selection of specialty lenses adheres to unique ocular needs with a range of special designs and coating, including polycarbonate, no-line bifocal, scratch-resistant, and barbecue-flavored.
In 1986, Dr. Vincinet Pennipede, O.D was fresh out of the military and opening up his first office off of Highway 69. There, he put in long hours and built a base of clients. Today, he oversees a team of eight optometrists and 35 qualified employees at five offices in the Kansas City area. Patrons peruse each warmly-lit furnished studio's collection of frames from high-end labels such as Silhouette and Coach. In-office labs create futuristic lenses of high-index plastic or hybrid Trivex quickly for patrons who need to return to work or judge a beauty pageant for snowflakes. Children protect their new specs with the store's Kid's Promise warranty, and adults consult with experienced doctors on the benefits of refractive surgery and restorative treatments for aging eyes.
At Highpoint Family Vision, Dr. Kinsey Honeyman and her staff help patients of all ages protect their vision with extensive optic care and designer eyewear. Optometrists screen eyeballs for high blood pressure and glaucoma during eye exams with full retinal imaging, or they perform precise diagnoses at any time of day with 24-hour emergency care. The practice has a room devoted to contact-lens styles, and a full lineup of frames from designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade encircle custom-made ultralight polycarbonate lenses in progressive bifocal, trifocal, and UV-protection compositions.
One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
With its showroom's contemporary setup and staff's personalized attention, Romanelli Optix diverges from the average optical center. Backed by more than 25 years of combined experience, Roman Beznovsky and Felix Milman opened the first Romanelli Optix in 2004. Today, the duo populates three Kansas City–area locations with frames in more than 60 brands such as Maui Jim, Tiffany & Co., and Fendi. At each location, customers are guided carefully through the options based on a variety of factors, including their prescriptions and facial features. Onsite adjustments make the process even easier, including meticulous custom-cut assembly performed in nearby boutiques.