Austinites are known for their eclectic, innovative fashion, which doesn’t just stop at shirts, shoes and pants. Optique Eyewear, located in the heart of downtown on 4th and Nueces Street, offers an extensive selection of several hundred designer frames. Here, you’ll have access to many of today's most fashionable brands and designers, including Paul Smith, Tom Ford, and Ray-Ban. The sleek eco-friendly and entirely paper-free office also features a full optometry practice, with experienced staff and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to ensure their customers see well and look better, as their motto says. With a focus on customer service and unique, stylish frames, the staff at Optique Eyewear can help anyone find the perfect pair of frames to enhance and complement their look.
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+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
From the stone water fountain out front to the turquoise wall and starburst-like lighting fixture behind the reception desk, Westlake Eyecare looks more like a spa than an eye doctor's office. Guests sip a complimentary cup of coffee or bottle of water as they browse the store's handpicked selection of designer frames and admire the shimmering micro-tile accents that cascade from white to a deep sea-green color.
However, licensed therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist Dr. Katie Kaufman is concerned with more than just beautiful appearances. She helps take care of eye health with services such as preoperative evaluations for LASIK surgery and retinal exams. Dr. Kaufman uses the Optomap device during these exams, carefully scanning the back of the eye and looking for signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, or permanent imprints of decades-old solar eclipses.
Dr. Casey Packer's career in optometry has taken him all over the world, from refining his trade at an externship in Stockholm to providing eye exams on a mission trip to Ecuador. While in his native Texas, Dr. Packer examines, diagnoses, and heals eyes at Lone Star Eye. He and his staff tend to vision with a variety of preventative and corrective services, including routine checkups, LASIK surgery, and Latisse lash enhancement. No matter what the treatment, the office demonstrates a strong commitment to new technologies, using advanced equipment to increase comfort and decrease nervous winking.
Rows of fashionable frames are visible from the wide sidewalks outside EastSide Optical's sleek storefront. Inside, opticians test customers' vision and help select glasses. Bifocal lenses fill frames in the show room, and progressive lenses darken when the wearer steps into the sun or into a room full of cool fighter pilots. In addition to these services, partner office Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center uses new technology to determine LASIK eligibility and to take measurements for custom all-laser treatments.
Austin Classic's watchmakers and jewelers boast more than a century of combined experience, and leading them is Auston Curry, who trained at the internationally renowned Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program. Not surprisingly then, this team is certified to repair most Swiss watches, including models by Cartier, Tag Heuer, and Breitling. They also sell new and pre-owned luxury pieces, which come with a one-year warranty and a note of authenticity that confirms they are, in fact, watches.