A clinical subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, New England Eye wields advanced diagnostic equipment to clarify its clients’ viewpoints and designer frames to straighten sight lines in style. Lining the spectacle centers’ backlit walls, 2,000 frames from 30 name-brand eyewear architects, such as Gucci and Armani Exchange, clamor to settle on nose bridges while opticians stand by to advise on prescription and facial-contour compatibility. In about five days, single-vision lens bearers can upgrade their outlooks with couture-savvy Kate Spade ($200–$399 plus lenses) or Ray-Ban ($200–$399 plus lenses) frames or opt for wallet-conscious styles from Smart Frames ($79 plus lenses). Multifocal and progressive lenses require an extra couple of days to properly merge distance-specific sights into a harmonious landscape. Evade the sun’s stare or accompany a life-size Corey Hart cutout to an upcoming soiree by donning Coach ($200–$300, additional for prescription lenses) or Ray-Ban shades ($120–$180, additional for prescription lenses).
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.
Behind the boutique's crisp brick façade, optometrist Dr. Laura Martin meticulously cares for client eyes, leaving them both looking and seeing better. She addresses a variety of issues through services such as exams, dry-eye treatment, and frame fittings. Frames wear designer labels ranging from Gucci, Prada, and Jaguar, allowing customers to outfit their oculi in prescription style. To fill in the hollow hearts of these empty frames, the boutique keeps a selection of lenses including progressive lenses, sunglass lenses, and five varieties of contacts.
Established in 2010, EyeSpot is a one-of-a-kind eyewear destination: customers can meet with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam, have an ophthalmologist review the resulting diagnostic scans, and be fitted for new eyeglasses by an optician—all in a single visit.
The staff at Advanced Vision Center stays up-to-date with trends in eye care, from the latest diagnostic technology to the most sought-after ocular fashions. The crew employs modern digital equipment during comprehensive eye exams, and within about an hour, pairs high-tech lenses with frames from high-end designers such as Mykita, Oliver Peoples, Gold & Wood, and Ray-Ban. They also stock a wide variety of contact lenses for people who hate explaining to their children that taking glasses off creates the exact opposite effect as when Clark Kent does it.
The team includes a certified specialist in orthokeratology, a nonsurgical technique that gently reshapes the cornea with custom-designed retainer lenses that clients wear as they sleep.