Licensed opticians and board-certified optometrists helm Buffalo's Best Opticians' three eye emporiums. At each location, they can assess ocular health during comprehensive exams or fill prescriptions from other doctors. Once patrons' vision is determined, friendly staff members help them select eyewear from a collection of more than 1,000 unique frames. Styles from designers including Vera Wang, DKNY, and Vogue are filled with single-vision or bifocal lenses to fashionably and functionally surround eyes. For those seeking sharper sight without glasses or attaching periscopes to their heads, Buffalo's Best also offers contact lenses.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($175) are lightweight heavyweights.
The trained staff at Eyewear Studio enhances vision and aesthetic appeal by combining quality lenses from Nikon and Essilor with frames by top brands such as Ray-Ban, Vogue, and Columbia. The on-staff optician measures and fits single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses to wearers’ specific requirements and perform free adjustments for any eyewear purchased at the shop. Specialty options, such as polarized and antiglare lenses, sharpen vision while keeping eyes protected from the sunlight and wayward pencils.
For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
At The Optician Inc., licensed optometrists perform on-site eye exams to restore optimal vision with glasses, prescription sunglasses, and contacts. Clients then browse the shop's selection of hundreds of frames from brands that include Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Hugo Boss, and a full-service lab produces ready-to-go frames and lenses within an hour. For those in need of contacts, the shop offers free consultations with its certified contact-lens fitters.
With thousands of frames available, the family-owned iVision continues a 20-year history by bringing each customer's blurry vision into precision focus. Spectacle seekers can search through the stock of frames ($125–$350+) until their eyelashes flutter approvingly at a set from the in-house brand or designer brands such as Ray Ban, Hugo Boss, Prada, and Gucci. For no extra charge, lens experts skillfully insert premium HD free form or single vision lenses into each purchased frame, calibrating the lenses to the customer's prescription. Additionally, a second set of the chosen glasses comes free with each purchase. Patrons not in need of the additional eyewear can have their extra spectacles made to a friend's, family member's, or needy hawk's prescription.