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.
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.
Macy’s Vision Express outfits eyes in alluring new specs inside five New York locations with on-site labs that can churn out single vision lenses in as fast as one hour and bifocal or progressive pairs within three to five days. Frames from D&G, Prada, Dior, and Fendi accent faces with on-trend designs wrought from wire and plastic with crowned crystal and enamel accents. Seasoned optometrists discern up-to-date prescriptions by scoping out eyes during routine exams, honing in on changes in vision and potential ocular-health problems.
Brooklyn EyeWorks Optical's team of friendly and knowledgeable experts build professional relationships with clients as they boost vision and cultivate style. After eye doctors perform eye exams, customers peruse a large selection of frames while skilled staff forge prescription lenses, such as Crizal No-Glare lenses, which repel rain, smudges, scratches, and unkind looks from strangers. Brooklyn EyeWorks Optical also offers stylish sunglasses and Transitions lenses, which protect peepers by darkening in response to bright sunlight.
During the postwar 1950s, two veterans who sought to provide exceptional vision care for labor organizations established General Vision Services—earning it the slogan "the optical company with the union label." Today, it operates as a third-party vision-care provider, helping customers from the tri-state and retirement areas to receive ocular care and select from more than 1,000 designer frames in myriad shapes, colors, and scratch-and-sniff scents. Visitors also benefit from free parking.
Licensed optician Alex Musayev and his team help patrons find the right pair from Community Optical’s large selection of brand-name frames and contact lenses. After an eye exam, customers browse more than 500 types of frames, or enough to outfit 31 spiders. The swift team can fill most prescriptions the next day.