Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
The family-owned Marshall Troast Vision & Hearing Center gets to know patients and offers them a friendly smile before helping them with their hearing or sight problems. Troast and the rest of the staff at Marshall Troast Vision & Hearing Center can pinpoint an eyeglasses prescription and offer an array of lenses from children's lenses, sport lenses, and safety lenses. They also help patients pick out stylish frames from Steve Madden, DKNY, Maui Jim, and other designers.
The optometrists at Eye Contact Vision Center's two locations examine eyes for prescription changes and diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts during comprehensive exams, treat poor eye health, and permanently correct vision with lasers. Customers can select frames by brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, and Ray-Ban, and if the glasses don't look as good as they did in the store or don't conceal a secret identity well enough, Eye Contact Vision Center will buy them back for up to one year.
Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
At Allwood Optical Boutique, licensed optician Donald Trischetta oversees an onsite optical lab that turns out lenses specialized for a wide range of tasks. Before setting his lens-crafting team to work, Donald determines his clients’ prescriptions and takes into account whether or not they strain their eyes by using a computer every day or working as a file clerk in a dollhouse. His lab is also equipped for emergency repairs of broken lenses, which it prioritizes with same-day service.
Lens Lab Express offers eye exams and a large selection of eyewear seven days a week out of its five locations. The showroom features name brand frames from makers such as Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Ed Hardy, and the staff makes a point to assist customers in finding frames that match their facial features or third eye. Lens Lab Express also carries contact lenses and accepts many forms of insurance.