Across Visual Perceptions' three offices, a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists monitors ocular health and accuracy. In addition to standard eye exams, they administer emergency eye care and manage ocular diseases. Their offices house fine visual technology, including an OptiMap retinal-imaging system and an eye chart scribed by e.e. cummings. Once patients collect their fresh prescriptions, they can drop by the optical store, where licensed opticians outfit Gucci, Oakley, and Tom Ford frames with precisely ground lenses.
Since placing a pair of glasses on the bridge of its first customer’s nose in 1970, the Marci family has outfitted generations with chic frames and discrete contact lenses. Matt Marci, along with his wife, Lorraine, continues to uphold his parents’ dedication to customer service at Windsor Optical, and maintains an inventory of eyewear that appeals to a number of styles and tastes. Within the cheery tangerine-hued walls of the shop, sparkling cases house frames and sunglasses from brands including Ray-Ban, DKNY, and Gucci that create stylish gazes. A collection of extended wear, disposable, and regular daily-wear contacts culled from a variety of trusted brands ensure undetectable vision repair. Once a month, Windsor Optical invites a licensed optometrist into the shop to perform onsite comprehensive exams that screen for all manner of ocular malady, from cataracts and glaucoma to permanent Magic Eye.
Dr. Louis Hochberg—a former president of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists—helms the team at Omnivision Eye Associates, where for nearly 25 years he has paired his clients with a huge variety of lenses fit into stylish designer frames. Omnivision also offers contact lenses and corrective laser surgery.
The practice specializes in helping clients manage eye-health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and chronic dry eye. Dr. Hochberg is passionate about preventive eyecare, so he uses technology such as digital retinal imaging for early detection and treatment of ocular maladies.
The friendly staff members at Visions of Longmeadow each draw on at least 15 years of optical experience to outfit peepers with name-brand frames and prescription lenses. A coterie of frames ranging from classic to avant-garde styles include upscale designs from Armani, Oliver Peoples, and Alain Mikli ($200–$500). Visions of Longmeadow’s durable, scratch-resistant lenses feature antireflective coatings, allowing customers to speed into the future with freeform progressive or thin, high-index lenses ($99+). Meanwhile, Oakley and Wiley X sunglasses ($90+) come in handy while driving, sunbathing, or trying to outrun a prison spotlight. Those seeking spectacles can show up with a prescription in hand or schedule an eye exam ($100; not covered by this deal).
Kennedy & Perkins's team of guild opticians, whose first members formed in 1946, work to correct vision problems by stocking a selection of more than 1,000 fashionable frames, forging customized lenses in-house and helming contact-lens fittings. After a thorough exam, the on-site lens mavens get to work fitting customized, scratch-resistant lenses or prescription sunglasses into frames from brands such as Chanel, Oliver's People, Kate Spade, and Ray-Ban. Within 5–7 days, they'll hand over completed glasses designed to lend faces more fashionable pizzazz than diamond-encrusted mustaches.
Optical Alternatives brings the world into focus with a selection of more than 1,200 frames from around the globe, leading Fairfield County Weekly readers to vote it the Best of Fairfield County in 2011 and 2012. The optical center’s technicians flatter faces with designs from brands including Coach, Gucci, and Miyagi, paired with lenses ground on the premises rather than by an unreliable local butcher. The center’s opticians, meanwhile, stand at the ready to update prescriptions and monitor ocular health.
When it comes to laser vision correction, the doctors and technicians at Diamond Vision have a lot of options for their patients. Their most well-known treatment, LASIK, gently reshapes the cornea with a minor incision and a laser while LASIK's entirely bladeless cousin, Intralase, uses only lasers. Then there's the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure, which shapes the cornea directly but requires slightly more downtime. They also offer a few non-laser-based solutions as well that can permanently relieve vision problems or temporarily give patients X-ray vision.