Vision in Emeryville

$35 for $200 Toward Prescription Eyeglasses

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

43% Off LASIK Eye Surgery

Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center

Multiple Locations

$5,300 $2,999

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Dr. William Ellis and his staff consult with patients before performing corrective LASIK surgery and monitoring the results for 3 months

Up to 97% Off Eyewear at Veo Optics

Veo Optics

Multiple Locations

$800 $25

Showrooms feature styles by Marc Jacobs and Prada as well as polarized and transition lenses

40% Off Blade-Free LASIK Eye Surgery

LaserVue Eye Center

Multiple Locations

$5,000 $2,999

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Doctors improve vision in less than 10 minutes using laser technology during a LASIK procedure with a short recovery time

Up to 81% Off Prescription Glasses or Prescription Sunglasses

JCPenney Optical

Multiple Locations

$290 $55

Shop stocks wide array of designer frames from brands such as Stafford, Liz Claiborne, Lulu Guinness, and Nicole Miller

Half Off LASIK at The LASIK Vision Institute

The LASIK Vision Institute

San Bruno

$1,400 $699

LASIK procedure performed by an experienced specialist with a company that has performed close to 1 million eye surgeries nationwide

83% Off Eye Exam and Glasses Credit

Larry A. Jebrock, O.D., Inc.

Novato

$345 $59

After an eye exam to determine their prescription, clients pick out eyewear; credit can also be used for LASIK alternative

87% Off Eyeglasses at View Optical

View Optical

Fremont

$150 $19

Variety of eyeglasses from brands such as Armani, Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Gucci; free second pair of glasses

75% Off Eyewear at Uber Optics

Uber Optics

Petaluma

$120 $30

Optical eyewear and frames by designers such as Oliver Peoples, Paul Frank, and LA Eyeworks

Up to 83% Off at Eye Luv Lucy Optometry

Eye Luv Lucy Optometry

Willow Glen

$285 $49

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Eye boutique stocks modern frames from celebrity-favored brands such as ic! Berlin, Dita, Matsuda, Toms, and Frieze Frames

88% Off Eyewear at Stanton Optical

Stanton Optical

Stockton

$245 $30

More than 3,000 prescription glasses and sunglasses from brands such as Armani, Coach, and Nike

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Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.

4171 Piedmont Ave., Suite 109
Oakland,
CA
US

Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.

829 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

Though he was destined to become an ophthalmologist, Dr. William Ellis didn't always have a clear vision for his career. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he studied electrical engineering, focusing on field and wave transmission—lasers, in other words. It was a worthy prelude to his eventual specialty, since after completing medical school and his residency, though, Dr. Ellis realized the enormous potential of lasers—via the revolutionary new procedure known as LASIK—to help his patients see more clearly. Since then, he has performed more than 68,000 LASIK surgeries and even helped pioneer Epi-LASIK, a version of the procedure that doesn't use blades to make the incision. At his practices throughout the Bay Area, Dr. Ellis continues to take pride in performing every LASIK procedure, giving patrons the gift of clear eyesight so they can finally make out the tiny poems written between the lines of barcodes.

6500 Fairmount Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

Though SEE Eyewear’s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop’s exclusive coveted selection.

From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn’t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.

2100 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center’s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue’s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.

1700 California St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Optical Works, Phoenix Optical, and Fine Arts Optical have manufactured frames by hand for more than 70 years, resulting in a cache of tens of thousands of contemporary styles as well as more than 3 million unused vintage frames. Artisans handcraft each pair of glasses in French or Italian factories using materials such as bamboo, buffalo and ram horn, traditional metal, and plastics to customize specs and keep up with current ocular trends. A prescription lab forges custom lenses that fit into frames, enhancing vision with polarized sunglasses, hidden bifocals, special coatings, and hard-to-fit prescriptions for nearsighted third eyes. Each store showcases around 3,000 different pairs of frames that both emulate the looks of celebrities and suit individuals’ styles.

888 Valencia St
San Francisco,
CA
US