Vision in Darien

$35 for an Eye Exam and $200 Towards Prescription Eyeglasses at Optical Pro ($279 Value)

Optical Pro

Downers Grove

$279 $35

Doctors inspect eyes for disease and vision problems, decorating faces with frames from high-end labels

$29 for $150 Towards Complete Pair of Prescription Glasses at Family Eye Care of Bolingbrook

Family Eye Care of Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook

$150 $29

Complete pair of prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses; choose from a selection of thousands of frames

$35 for $200 Toward Prescription Eyeglasses with Designer Frames at For Eyes Optical

For Eyes Optical

Multiple Locations

$200 $35

Designer frames from Burberry, Prada, and Ray-Ban contain light, resilient Toughlites lenses with a 30-day comfort zone guarantee

$49 for an Eye Exam, Retinal Photography, and Eyeglasses Credit at Dr. William B Brand & Associates ($400 Value)

Dr. William B Brand & Associates

Multiple Locations

$400 $49

Optometrists perform a comprehensive eye exam & digital retinal photography; eyewear credit valid toward RayBan, Prada, Tory Burch & more

Designer Sunglasses or Prescription Glasses at Wear Eyewear (Up to 75% Off)

Wear Eyewear

Multiple Locations

$200 $50

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Team of fashion-conscious opticians fosters ocular health and outfits faces with ic! berlin, Prada, Tom Ford, and Paul Smith frames

$49 for an Eye Exam and $100 Toward a Complete Pair of Glasses at Family Eye Care ($155 Value)

Family Eye Care

Multiple Locations

$155 $49

Fashionable frames from brands such as Roseco Optics, Blink, and Dolce & Gabbana; digitally processed and Transitions lenses

$49 for $200 Toward Prescription Eyewear at Family Eye Care of Elmwood Park

Family Eye Care of Elmwood Park

Elmwood Park

$200 $49

Complete pair of eyeglasses, which includes designer frames and prescription lenses that range in price

$39 for an Eye Exam and $150 Toward Prescription Eyewear at Nuccio Optometrists ($200 Value)

Nuccio Optometrists

Nuccio Optometrists

$200 $39

Seasoned optometrists examine eyes and outfit faces with designer frames and single-vision lenses

Prescription Eyeglasses at Chicagoland Eye Associates (Up to 81% Off). Two Options Available.

Chicagoland Eye Associates

Beverly

$200 $39

Optometrists conduct OCT exams and create glasses using frames from brands such as Ray Ban, Prada, and Jones New York

$39 for $200 Toward a Complete Pair of Prescription Glasses at VZN Eye Care ($200 Value)

VZN Eyecare

Chicago

$200 $39

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Wide selection of single-vision lenses set in basic or designer frames

$39 for an Eye Exam and $200 Toward Prescription Eyewear and Sunglasses at Smart Optical ($235 Value)

Smart Optical

Multiple Locations

$235 $39

Comprehensive eye exam with credit toward prescription eyewear and prescription sunglasses

$39 for $200 Toward a Complete Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses at Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision

Lakeview

$200 $39

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Prescription lenses set in frames by brands such as Burberry, Versace, Prada, and Ray-Ban

$39 for a Complete Eye Exam Plus $200 Off Eyeglasses at Chicago Vision Club ($259 Value)

Chicago Vision Club

Multiple Locations

$259 $39

Exam screens for astigmatism and other vision ailments, and $200 credit can be applied toward selection of designer frames

$59 for an Eye Exam and $150 Toward a Complete Pair of Prescription Glasses at Chicago Eye Care Center ($209 Value)

Chicago Eye Care Center

West Rogers Park

$209 $59

An optometrist inspects eyes to determine prescriptions and check for ailments; clients browse eyeglass frames from Stetson, D&G, and Coach

$39 for a Complete Eye Exam with $200 Toward Prescription Glasses or Sunglasses at Boss Optical ($235 Value)

Boss Optical

Chinatown

$235 $39

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Frames from Prada, Ray-Ban, Gucci, D&G, Coach, Dior, Tom Ford, and Salvatore Ferragamo are fitted with prescription clear or tinted lenses

$59 for an Eye Exam and $175 Toward a Complete Pair of Glasses at West Loop Eye Care ($265 Value)

West Loop Eye Care

Near West Side

$265 $59

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Following a comprehensive exam, patients can choose from a variety of frames and lenses by Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Prada

$49 for Eye Exam and $169 Toward Prescription Lens and Frames at Total Vision Family Eye Care ($279 Value)

Total Vision Family Eye Care

Bartlett

$279 $49

Frames from Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Calvin Klein adorn newly minted prescription lenses

$39 for $315 Towards Exam, Lenses, and Frames at Budget Optical

Budget Optical

Hoffman Estates

$315 $39

Protect eyesight with comprehensive eye exam, lenses, and stylish frames from brands such as Ray Ban, Michael Kors, and Giorgio Armani

Select Local Merchants

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.

1001 75th St
Woodridge,
IL
US

Glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and even dry eyes are no match for the professionals at Seven Bridges Eye Care. That's because the team of four, led by optometrist Dr. Douglas A. Azzaro, tackles a wealth of eye issues with services including peripheral-vision exams, color-vision tests, and sports vision evaluations, the last of which makes sure clients' eyes aren't actually tiny baseballs.

6440 Main St Ste 100
Woodridge,
IL
US

In 1930, Dr. Joseph Rosin and his brother, Maurice, opened a small shop on Cermak Road in Cicero. In 80 years, the shop has grown from a small family-run optometrist's office to a regionally renowned business that has sharpened the eyesight of celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio and Plácido Domingo and left its mark on the Chicago area by designing famous symbols such as Harry Caray's trademark glasses and the novelty shades that adorn the John Hancock Center. Today, Rosin Eyecare rests in the hands of the third generation of Rosins, ably helmed by brothers James and Jonathan, who continue a proud tradition of warm, personal service as they improve eyesight with high-tech LASIK and PRK treatments as well as stylish eyeglasses with scratch-resistant lenses. At 16 locations, including the newest office Long Grove, a staff of optometrists keeps optical orbs in high function with comprehensive exams, treating each patient's individual needs with products such as a contact-lens implant or a prescription safety eyewear.

145 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove,
IL
US

Certified ophthalmologist Dr. Mark J. Benjamin uses Toyos Optimum intense-pulsed-light therapy to help alleviate swelling, redness, and pain caused by dry eyes. After determining whether a client is eligible for treatment, the doctor applies a cool gel onto faces to create a smooth, speed-bump-free path for a flash lamp. Concentrated energy emanating from the lamp travels into lower eyelids to seek out clogged Meibomian glands, the organs responsible for producing oils that prevent tears from evaporating. Like a talented diplomat, the light helps negotiate a treaty with inflamed blood vessels inside the glands, allowing the jammed oils to liquefy and return to their duty hydrating ocular residences. Sessions are spaced one month apart, giving eyes time to heal and practice new blinking rhythms.

5201 Willow Springs Road
La Grange Highlands,
IL
US

Prescription glasses help improve your visual acuity, which compares your vision to the 20/20 standard. Read on to find out what this metric really means.

20/20 Vision: An Imperfect Ratio

Possessing 20/20 vision may be considered perfect, a level of visual acuity reserved for Navy pilots and the bald eagles that train them, but in fact it's not even close to average. Developed by Dutch optometrist Hermann Snellen in the 1860s, the 20/20 standard is a somewhat arbitrary distinction. After inventing his now-iconic eye chart?which consists of lines of standardized letters that get progressively smaller?Snellen also instituted the concept of a ratio to define the clarity of a patient's vision. The denominator represents how many feet away a person of normal visual acuity could stand while still discerning the letters with the same level of clarity as the patient. In other words, 20/40 vision means the patient needs to stand 20 feet away to make out the same size letters as a person with standard vision can from 40 feet.

Because the 20/20 standard is arbitrary, many people actually have considerably better eyesight, represented by such ratios as 20/15 or 20/10. In fact, in the U.S., the average visual acuity is sharper than 20/20 until about age 60 or 70, when people's vision naturally starts to decline as their bangs finally grow past their eyes. Also, though it's useful for determining basic shortcomings of vision, an eye chart can't diagnose a proper glasses or contact prescription. To determine that, optometrists test many other factors, including depth perception, peripheral vision, x-ray vision, and focusing skills.

333 N Weber Rd
Bolingbrook,
IL
US

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.

141 N Weber Rd
Bolingbrook,
IL
US

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