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Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.

6000 Bergenline Ave
West New York,
NJ
US

For the past 30 years, the staff at Eye Contact Vision Center has been helping patients of all ages improve their vision with prescription eyewear and contact lenses. Past rows of fashionable frames from Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, and Bvlgari, independent optometrist Dr. Carmela Losurdo holds court five days a week—performing eye exams and impressing clients with her ability to translate eye charts in English, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Losurdo also diagnoses and treats most types of eye problems, including myopia, conjunctivitis, and double vision.

7733 Bergenline Ave, Ste 1
North Bergen,
NJ
US

Though SEE Eyewear?s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop?s exclusive coveted selection.

From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn?t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.

207 Columbus Ave.
New York,
NY
US

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. Yearly eye exams are crucial to eye health, so 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 fashionable sets of designer frames from brands such as Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.

106 E 23rd St.
New York,
NY
US

HMY Vision outfits eyes with designer frames or discreet contacts, and helps patrons remain punctual with watch-repair services performed in upscale storefronts in Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side. Thorough exams reveal fresh prescriptions and the SAT scores of individual pupils so that patrons can select the proper contacts or frames from Tory Burch, Burberry, Ray-Ban, DKNY, Fendi, and other brands. HMY Vision also keeps wristwatches fresh-faced and ticking with new batteries, robust bands, and other essential repairs.

212 3rd Ave
New York,
NY
US

Leon Kalmus opened up shop in 1949 to outfit near- and farsighted customers with hand-fitted specs, which optometrist Myron Singer has been helping patients choose since 1963. The boutique corrects vision with contact lenses, prescription mascot costume heads, and designer frames by Ray-Ban, Prada, and Tom Ford.

217 E 86th Street 2nd 3rd Ave
New York,
NY
US