Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
Connecticut Golf Playbook offers discounted access to 40 top golf courses throughout the state, letting golfers sample the fairways and lick the greens at a host of nearby links. Discounts vary from course to course; some offer as much as 60% off the regular rate, and the average savings is $25 per round. Playbook holders also receive discounts on tickets for the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship at the TPC at River Highlands.
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.
The Eyewear Boutique helps patrons manage their face fashions with clarifying advice from a team of optical pros. Give orphaned lenses a home in new Gucci frames ($350), or let an onsite lab of lens-grinder elves construct new single-vision ($87) or progressive bifocal lenses ($252). A selection of upscale lens-huggers includes such recognizable monomonikers as Dior frames ($365) and Ray-Ban shade casings ($175). Polarized lenses for sunglasses ($175) also leap into the lab, where they are customized to prescriptions and released to a life of UV decimation within an average of two to four days.
Science meets style at Aucello EyeCare Center. Sure, the on-site doctors medically treat everything from astigmatism to dry-eye syndrome, but lenses from fashionable brands such as Dior and Prada ensure that patients look as good as they feel after their visit.
Since the company's founding in 1927, Cohen's Fashion Optical has grown from a pushcart business into a successful franchise peddling prescription and designer wares at more than 100 locations spanning seven states and Puerto Rico. Each store employs experienced doctors of optometry who test pupils with comprehensive eye exams to assess ocular health, pinpoint visual acuity, and ensure that no wool has been pulled over the eyes. The store's visionary staff can also help outfit peepers with contact lenses or designer frames from brands such as Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.