One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
Featuring a veritable fashion week of designer frames from Prada, D&G, CK, Armani Exchange, and more, as well as styles for children and inner-children from Nike, Disney, and Nickelodeon, In Vision converts playground and workplace shouts of “four-eyes!” into a fetching badge of pride. Led by doctors Heather Webster, and Lianne Innes, In Vision Eye Care Center offers an encyclopedic frame selection alongside all the services and expertise of an optometric practice, including a $50 eye exam for Groupon holders who need to freshen their prescriptions or simply want a professional diagnosis of their eye color. With today’s Groupon, spectacle-sporters can substantially defray the cost of their next set of frames (starting at $135) and lenses (starting at $75), leaving them with a spare set for the glove box or an emergency fire starter for the camping gear.
Perfect Sense Eye Care’s rock-star ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Wiles, has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic surgeries to date, and that number keeps on growing. From removing cataracts to correcting blurry vision, the doctor's trusted hands can almost instantly eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. During his LASIK procedure, for example, he carefully reshapes the outermost layer of the eye⎯the cornea⎯thereby allowing the retina to better focus incoming light. Within 24 hours, patients who previously suffered from astigmatism or constantly forgot to open their eyes each morning can enjoy crisp, clear vision.
Drs. Bunde, O'Brien, and Larcom examine eyes and keep them healthy at two offices whose bilingual staffs welcome Spanish speakers and patients of all ages. A comprehensive list of services covers general wellness, disease care, trouble discerning the dolphins in Magic Eye books, and exams that land eyes behind contact lenses, designer frames, and Latisse-fortified lashes. As dedicated to its community as it is to its own patients, Fairway Eye Center supports the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.
With 20 years of industry experience, Jonathan Sollers at Shawnee Optix graces faces with expertly fitted frames from designer brands such as Nike, Rayban, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. The shop’s selection of specialty lenses adheres to unique ocular needs with a range of special designs and coating, including polycarbonate, no-line bifocal, scratch-resistant, and barbecue-flavored.