Optometric physician Dr. Wayne Golden and his veteran staff clarify vision at Golden Vision & Family Eye Care. Dr. Golden scrutinizes peepers for sight changes, latent maladies, and odds at winning staring contests before doling out prescriptions during exams. With fresh script in hand, customers can peruse the shop’s stock of 1,000 pairs of frames, including men’s and women’s designs from Prada, Bebe, and Oakley. Within the onsite optical shop, techs whittle simple and specialty lenses, such as photochromics, which darken in bright light, and polarized lenses, which reduce glare and eye fatigue.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.