Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.
Founded by Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, a father-and-son team who used LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision, Joffe MediCenter has four locations across the country where expert ophthalmologists use advanced diagnostics to conduct each custom wavefront LASIK surgery. Treatment begins with a free, noninvasive examination with Bausch & Lomb Orbscan and Zywave mapping systems—derived from technology developed for astronomy and physics applications. They generate a 3-D model of each eye, which, like a fingerprint or favorite line from The Princess Bride, is unique to each person.
Upon assessing the results to confirm LASIK candidacy, doctors schedule an in-office surgery in their state-of-art clinic. The LASIK procedure is designed to eliminate your need for glasses and contacts regardless of whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The vast majority of patients experience 20/20 vision the next morning after treatment. After the procedure, doctors will schedule postoperative exams.
In a convenient location with plenty of parking, EyesWear gives shoppers access to more than 1,000 vintage and modern designer frames to express their personal style and visual acuity. The boutique’s menu of lenses includes single-vision, ultrathin high-index, and mirror lenses that render narcissists immobile until you walk away. The staff can also create custom clip-on sunglasses for any type of frame to filter rays to their most enjoyable wavelength. In addition, patrons can have new lenses fashioned from a current prescription and inserted into old frames or opera binoculars.
Since 1981, Eyedeals has fused the worlds of ocular health of high fashion with their locally owned boutique and clinic. At the trendy uptown Minneapolis studio, frame stylists employ tried-and-tested face-shape-matching methods and cheekbone trigonometry to unite eyeballs with flattering frames from labels such as Ogi, Prodesign, Etnia Barcelona, and l.a. Eyeworks. At the St. Paul clinic, expanded diagnostic services ensure precise prescriptions, as qualified doctors sharpen vision with contact lens fittings and thorough eye exams.
The crew at Fridley Optical has cared for customers’ eyesight since 1978. Because they want to treat each customer like they’re a part of the family, Fridley’s staff goes beyond general eye exams and expands their service menu to include services such as pre- and post-LASIC care, custom contact fittings, glaucoma treatment, and pink-eye treatment. They provide comprehensive eye exams and stock their store with hundreds of stylish frames from designers such as Caprio and Pavi Optics as well as contacts, bifocals, and trifocal lenses.
Look + See's eyewear studio is as swanky as any art gallery, with pale-green walls lined with mirrors and sculpture-esq wooden shelves displaying glasses. Their stock of fashionable frames from around the world was smelted in the factories of top designers. Frames from OGI run between $100-$269, Vera Wang rims cost $150-$280, and Gotti’s chic eyeball offsetters are $315-$558.