The certified opticians at Lansing Ophthalmology fit visitors with a varied stock of prescription and nonprescription designer sunglasses. Encircle blinkers with stylish Oakley shades ($89+) or shield tear ducts while stomping onions for wine with a pair from Cole Haan ($115+). Single-vision sun lenses ($89+) let wearers speed-read sunsets with stunning accuracy, and cutting-edge lens designs from Seiko and Pentax rival the styles sported by Hollywood A-list talking dogs ($234+). Although this Groupon is not valid toward services, a staff of talented opticians—many of them certified by the American Board of Opticianry—is on hand to diagnose eyeball prescriptions. All sunglasses and lenses are insured by a yearlong workmanship guarantee, subject to an additional fee after 90 days.
Sight Optical Boutique's owner, Michael McConnell, isn't just selling frames—he's introducing friends. His previous optical experience in sales and distribution departments helped him to build relationships with top-notch eyewear companies from around the world. When it came time to open his own retail space, their collections became his shop's foundation.
Inside the sleek, modern space, handmade frames from Germany, Istanbul, and Japan hover on circular clusters against the wall, echoed in shape by fanciful light fixtures. Boasting fashionable lines such as Lafont and Masunaga, the spectacles come loaded with signature details such as hand-engraving, custom hardware, and celebrity-cloaking software.
Dr. Troy LeBaron attended Southern College of Optometry, has experience in aviation, construction, farming, electronics, and manufacturing—an eclectic list of vocations that helps him to understand the vision requirements for patients in any line of work. As a certified HOYA technology expert and member of the proforum board for Transitions lenses, Dr. LeBaron can outfit eyes with gear that grants high-definition vision, adjusts to changing light conditions, and displays holograms of wide-open eyes during midwork catnaps. He also pairs faces with frames by designers such Cole Haan, Jimmy Choo, and Jonathan Cate and protects specs with antiglare and scratch-resistant coatings backed by 1-year warranties.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
The team at Grandville Optical do more than care for eyes—they also care about their community. When owner and certified optician John Schlafley and optometrist Chad Jackson aren’t examining eyes or crafting glasses, they are organizing food drives and serving in local organizations. That same warm spirit fills their optical boutique, where they tend to clients in a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. They display their carefully curated selection of designer frames—which includes names such as Marc Jacobs, Kliik, and Europa International—in elegantly spotlighted cases that stand against exposed brick walls.
While the office sports the cozy feel of a traditional coffeehouse, Schlafley and Dr. Jackson stock the environs with decidedly modern technology. They advise patrons of the latest advancements in lens manufacturing and treatments, and perform exams to diagnose potential issues and keep eyes healthy. Schlafley is also trained in a specialized soldering technique that allows him to expertly repair metal frames crushed by excessive squinting.