In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of eye doctors reside onsite to assess the pupils during eye exams.
At each of its five locations, Vision Center helps clients achieve clear, focused fields of vision and an impeccable sense of personal style with eyewear from brands such as Ray-Ban, Versace, Prada, and Dior. Optometrists zero in on vision prescriptions or eye diseases with high-tech exam equipment, and friendly, knowledgeable opticians and in-house frame stylists craft looks that suit each client's one-of-a-kind eyes and face.
Wielding more than 40 years of experience and an arsenal of high-tech equipment, North Shore Eye Care helps alleviate the burden of near- and farsightedness with noninvasive laser procedures. As official eye care provider of the New York Islanders and the official LASIK provider of the New York Mets, the clinic’s board of certified surgeons can zap unwieldy glasses and irksome contacts out of necessity with this outpatient procedure by utilizing laser technology and a 1956 subway map. Patients’ corneal topography is first analyzed to determine the areas to be adjusted, and then a computerized laser is used to shuffle the corneal deck to correct vision impairments. Squinters take a mild oral sedative before the procedure but stay awake for the entire process. The procedure is completed in roughly 15 minutes, leaving patients to swiftly recover while the laser machine steps out for a celebratory round of golf.
Hobie Polarized sunglasses shield eyes from the elements in sporty style. The Motion collection boasts 14 styles with frames forged from TR-90 nylon and lenses that block 100% of UV rays and 99% of stingrays, excluding the really tiny airborne ones. Frame styles including the sleek, sporty Surfrider in black or tortoise shell or the aviator-style Naples peep out from the easy-to-browse website. HydroClean hydrophobic coating firmly but sensitively rejects advances from untoward water droplets, dust, and grime. The easy-to-clean specs also resist scratches and are virtually immune to shattering, enabling a lifetime warranty.
Optic Masters uprights topsy-turvy eyeballs with a full-service optical center and on-premises lab, whose friendliness and professionalism has helped earn it a "Best of Long Island" nod for "Best Eye Care" two years running from the Long Island Press. Finally address that laser-shooting third eye with a comprehensive eye exam ($75), measuring refraction, eye coordination, and pupil dilation, among a host of other vision variables (contact lens exam not included). Frames ($59+) come in a fleet of stylish brands, including Tom Ford, Vera Wang, and Juicy Couture, while sunglasses ($39+), anti-reflective coating ($100+), and tinting ($15+) shield eyeholes from that rascally, thought-stealing Sun. The friendly staff of optometrists and opticians counter eyesight inhibitions with prescription ski and sports goggles as well as standard specs.