For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
Licensed opticians and board-certified optometrists helm Buffalo's Best Opticians' three eye emporiums. At each location, they can assess ocular health during comprehensive exams or fill prescriptions from other doctors. Once patrons' vision is determined, friendly staff members help them select eyewear from a collection of more than 1,000 unique frames. Styles from designers including Vera Wang, DKNY, and Vogue are filled with single-vision or bifocal lenses to fashionably and functionally surround eyes. For those seeking sharper sight without glasses or attaching periscopes to their heads, Buffalo's Best also offers contact lenses.
Since the opening of its flagship shop in 1914, Sterling Optical has expanded ever westward, safeguarding the long-term health of patient's eyeballs at nearly 100 locations. Optometrists and professional staff man the eye charts at each store to perform comprehensive exams that check ocular health and assess prescriptions. Contact lenses, UV-blocking sunglasses, and stylish frames from well-known brands such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Coach pair with these prescriptions to ensure clients can see safely while driving or while operating a giant robot from inside its skull cavity.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($175) are lightweight heavyweights.
Soon after Rochester Optical was founded in 1932, the staff established contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply the armed forces with durable, combat-ready glasses. Today, they continue to specialize in military eyewear, along with high-performance sports and safety glasses and a huge selection of designer frames. A team of optometrists—which includes a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fifth-generation Rochesterian, and an eye doctor who has worked at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salem, Virginia—performs comprehensive eye exams, and technicians manufacture lenses in an in-house, state-of-the-art optical lab. In addition to traditional single-vision lenses or no-line bifocals, they create digitally surfaced, free-form lenses that offer an expanded field of vision and minimize image distortion, allowing wearers to more clearly see apparitions standing next to them.
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.