Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames (starting at $99.99) or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision, and while prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $120 (for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($205) are lightweight heavyweights.
The on-staff optician at Plante Opticians outfits eyes with prescription lenses and frames crafted by a bevy of name-brand designers such as Gucci, Tag Heuer, and Ogi. Inside the boutique, voted Best of Worcester by Worcester Mag in 2009, an abundance of mirrors and deep-blue walls flanks shelves of stylish eyewear.
The Eyeglass Factory, with hundreds of colorful frames that range in style from austere to flashy, is a treasure trove for prescription holders. As lens grinders work behind the scenes to churn out corrective spectacles, with a typical turnaround time of one hour, customers are entertained by the endless permutations of color and style in frames from designers including EyeFunc and Thierry Mugler. Generic options surround peepers in a wide range of hues at lower prices, ideal for those who lose their glasses frequently or need to make a large pile of stuffed animals seem more refined.
For more than 26 years, the staff at Vision Center of Westboro has been correcting their guests’ vision with the latest frame styles and cutting-edge lens and optometry technology. To correct these vision-related problems, the staff prescribes scratch- and impact-resistant lenses that reduce glare from streetlights, oncoming traffic, and infomercials for BluBlockers. Friendly staffers help guests select feature-flattering frames from Ray-Ban, Nike, and Prada, and they fit these glasses and sunglasses frames with custom lenses to keep their vision clear.
The team of five doctors at Eye Physicians of Northhampton employ modern techniques to help patients see better. Patients can find their perfect pair of frames in the optical shop, but others looking to lose the "four eyes" nickname can explore advanced surgical treatments. LASIK surgery restructures the cornea to improve nearsightedness and farsightedness, and the Allegretto Wave laser reduces secondary vision troubles such as night vision, halos, and the inability to see through lead.