Fifty years ago, Pearle Vision was a tiny eyecare practice in Savannah, Georgia, run by Dr. Stanley Pearle. Since then, it's expanded to myriad practices across the country—including this one in Toms River. Helmed by Drs. Randy Nissinoff and Michael Iuliano, the practice outfits eyes with face-flattering designer frames and sunglasses, all with prescription lenses. Each pair comes with 30 days of no-questions returns and a lifetime of free fit adjustments. For extra convenience, the practice also stays open until 8 p.m. on weekdays, so visitors can pop in after work.
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.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
Therapeutic optometrist Dr. Natalia Raeva has spent more than a decade testing eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and dryness. Now, she channels the optometry experience she gained from working in hospitals and nursing homes to both All About Eyes Vision Center and Visual Effects Eyecare Center, where she pulls clients’ sight back into focus with contact, bifocal, and progressive lenses. After Dr. Raeva has tested the health of each eye, the staff fits adults and kids with designer and sports frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Swissflex. All lenses can be further customized to resist scratches, filter out ultraviolet rays, or deflect the glares of a jealous sun.
For more than 20 years, Eye Care Optical’s staffers have been greeting Ridgewood-area customers with smiles that may initially be a bit blurry but soon become 20/20 sharp. Amid the store’s warm orange walls, shelves display eyeglass and sunglass frames from designer brands including Jaguar, Ray-Ban, and Prada. Dr. Gosset, the store’s onsite optician, examines eyes carefully before writing a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, after which skilled technicians take over, creating traditional eyewear in roughly one hour and three-eyed cosmic glasses in about 90 minutes.
At Optical Warehouse Outlet, customers in need of vision correction can stop in for an eye exam from a board-certified doctor or peruse the shop's wares for new specs. Selling both standard and designer glasses, Optical Warehouse Outlet caters to various budgets with no-frills frames and flashier looks from makers such as Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani Exchange. The friendly staff is always on hand to make frame recommendations and ensure that glasses don't slip down noses or slide inside nostrils.