With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
A fashion design school graduate, Carol Reyes curates a collection of trendy looks suitable for women of all ages at her eponymous boutique. Styles cover a wide range, from business wear and cocktail dresses to casual sweaters and knit tops. Carol mixes pieces from new designers as well as more established names, pairing clothing with handbags and other accessories.
Austinites are known for their eclectic, innovative fashion, which doesn’t just stop at shirts, shoes and pants. Optique Eyewear, located in the heart of downtown on 4th and Nueces Street, offers an extensive selection of several hundred designer frames. Here, you’ll have access to many of today's most fashionable brands and designers, including Paul Smith, Tom Ford, and Ray-Ban. The sleek eco-friendly and entirely paper-free office also features a full optometry practice, with experienced staff and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to ensure their customers see well and look better, as their motto says. With a focus on customer service and unique, stylish frames, the staff at Optique Eyewear can help anyone find the perfect pair of frames to enhance and complement their look.
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+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
From the stone water fountain out front to the turquoise wall and starburst-like lighting fixture behind the reception desk, Westlake Eyecare looks more like a spa than an eye doctor's office. Guests sip a complimentary cup of coffee or bottle of water as they browse the store's handpicked selection of designer frames and admire the shimmering micro-tile accents that cascade from white to a deep sea-green color.
However, licensed therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist Dr. Katie Kaufman is concerned with more than just beautiful appearances. She helps take care of eye health with services such as preoperative evaluations for LASIK surgery and retinal exams. Dr. Kaufman uses the Optomap device during these exams, carefully scanning the back of the eye and looking for signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, or permanent imprints of decades-old solar eclipses.
Dr. Casey Packer's career in optometry has taken him all over the world, from refining his trade at an externship in Stockholm to providing eye exams on a mission trip to Ecuador. While in his native Texas, Dr. Packer examines, diagnoses, and heals eyes at Lone Star Eye. He and his staff tend to vision with a variety of preventative and corrective services, including routine checkups, LASIK surgery, and Latisse lash enhancement. No matter what the treatment, the office demonstrates a strong commitment to new technologies, using advanced equipment to increase comfort and decrease nervous winking.