In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of optometrists resides onsite to assess the pupils during comprehensive eye exams.
At Vision World of Levittown, Dr. Rory Bowman knows that everyone's eyes are different?even those with the same prescription. That's why his exams are such an important step. During exams, he assesses not only eyes but also the patient's lifestyle, which may involve staring at a computer screen or sleeping with one eye open. From there, he crafts customized nonglare, polarized, or digital lenses to improve vision and protect the eyes.
At Schlessinger Eye & Face, Dr. David Schlessinger goes far beyond eye drops and the Snellen chart. As a board-certified surgeon, Schlessinger offers three types of surgical treatments: oculoplastic surgery for instances of ptosis, skin cancer, or tearing disorders; neuro-ophthalmology, which covers all things relating to the eyes and brain, such as double vision or migraines; and, lastly, cosmetic procedures, including brow- and face-lifts and upper- or lower-eyelid surgery.
Supplementing Dr. Schlessinger's cosmetic procedures, his clinic's med spa also offers proven noninvasive beautification procedures. From within the med spa, his staff of licensed medical aestheticians battles the effects of aging and sun damage with chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and custom European facials that leave faces beaming brighter than a headlight in a snowstorm.
Eyeglass House's team of New York–licensed sight shamans soothes squinting eyes with a variety of designer frames and lenses crafted on-site with advanced edging technology. Customers can adorn their eyes with single-vision lenses (starting at $95), progressive lenses (starting at $265), or designer frames from lines such as Coach, Betsey Johnson, and Gucci ($225 on average). More sensitive peepers can opt for Polaroid sunglass lenses (starting at $190). Eyeglass House also specializes in children's eyewear, boasting contact lenses for young adults and more than 300 children's frame styles that can be equipped with impact-resistant lenses perfect for sessions of full-contact spitball.
With more than 20 years of individual experience, optometrists Dr. Joel Kestenbaum and Dr. Michelle Zalaznick lead Optix Family Eyecare Center’s small, dedicated army of eyeball preservationists, providing residents with fashionable ocular correctives and designer-designed retina sunshields. Optix is the largest designer-sunglasses oasis in the area, so brands such as Ray Bans ($139–$279), Nike ($139–$199), and Coach ($159–$289) are available for the discerning UV fighter. If you choose to go the prescription route, polycarbonate lenses are available standard ($129) and with a non-glare package ($199). Today’s deal includes a $50 eye-exam credit; complete health eye exams start at $95, so expect about half off the test that can determine your eyesight and whether Ray Bans will make you look more like Jake, Elroy, or their brother Joshua, who only wore them because of his extreme sensitivity to neon lights.
Hobie Polarized sunglasses shield eyes from the elements in sporty style. The Motion collection boasts 14 styles with frames forged from TR-90 nylon and lenses that block 100% of UV rays and 99% of stingrays, excluding the really tiny airborne ones. Frame styles including the sleek, sporty Surfrider in black or tortoise shell or the aviator-style Naples peep out from the easy-to-browse website. HydroClean hydrophobic coating firmly but sensitively rejects advances from untoward water droplets, dust, and grime. The easy-to-clean specs also resist scratches and are virtually immune to shattering, enabling a lifetime warranty.