Linda and Tom Gardner founded 20/20 Vision Wear, where Tom harnesses his 35 years of experience and position as the president of the Opticians Association of Iowa to help fit faces with an array of lenses and stylish, brand-name frames. The clinic boasts speedy fittings and more than 1,000 frames ($30–$250) on display from brands such as Guess, Nike, and Kate Spade, ensuring customers can find a spiffy pair of sight improvers that sit snugly and fashionably on noses. Single-vision lenses start at $59, and 20/20 Vision Wear's specialty—no-line bifocals—are also available, as well as prescription sunglasses, which customers can wear indoors at all times to prove their hipness or to chicly conceal the treasure maps sketched on their eyelids.
Launched in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, Pearle Vision now caters to eyeballs from 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 $69.95) or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Basic Poly (starting at $109) or Versace (starting at $239.95). Specialty PearleThin Complete lenses ($159) are lightweight heavyweights, gently bear-hugging your face with see-through style.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Optometrist Dr. Shannon Elwood pairs blinkers with their prescriptions before aiming gazes toward Definitive Vision's trove of designer frames. A 30-minute eye exam peers into sclera to gauge overall optical health and pinpoint the best lenses ($65–$650) for improved sight, as well as test for glaucoma and the soft sizzling noise that indicates early-onset heat vision. Sight seekers can then peruse an array of designer frames ($120–$390) from such brands as Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, and Gucci. Border peepers with Carrera frames for a sharp, vintage look, or ogle from behind BCBG designs, which incorporate faceted and textured metals to keep invention ideas from tunneling through temples. For a less visible method of clarification, patrons can upgrade to a contact-lens fitting and exam for an additional $65.
Trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital and Indiana University—one of the nation's top-ranked optometry schools—Dr. Jeff Brewer now leads a trio of doctors whose backgrounds include pediatric eye care and volunteer work in Guatemala and Afghanistan. The doctors put their varied experiences to work during routine eye exams, utilizing Optomap retinal-scan technology to create a map that, in about one-fourth of a second, reveals 80% of the retina's surface and 90% of the terrible things witnessed at Six Flags. This process gives an accurate window into the health of the eye without the need to dilate the patient's iris, a process that can be uncomfortable for children or people who are sensitive to light.
After issuing a fresh prescription, the team also helps patients select frames from racks stocked with designer eyewear from brands including Armani, Coach, and Maui Jim.
With locations in 13 states across America, Stanton Optical helps clients from Georgia to California achieve better vision with prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contacts. Its shelves are stocked with more than 3,000 frames and sunglasses from high-end brands, including Coach, Calvin Klein, and Armani. Full-service onsite labs help optometrists immediately craft glasses and clone monocles without the delay of sending eyewear elsewhere. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to Stanton Optical stores.