Vision Source Philadelphia’s network of boutiques and optometrists’ offices protects patients’ vision with exams and eyewear. Each location’s optical experts care for eyesight with treatments such as laser vision correction, glaucoma diagnoses, and emergency care, as well as assessing prescriptions. Then, galleries grace nose-bridges with frames from brands such as Ted Baker, Gucci, Dior, and Armani.
In the words of the late Dr. Daniel Messinger, whose daughter and granddaughter now helm Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, “We’ve been doing this for 100 years—we must be doing something right.” Overseen by the fourth and fifth generation of family that founded the company in 1888, the sense of history carries over into its opticians’ daily practice—they’ve been seeing many of their clients for decades, and bestow fast emergency services upon them whenever a client damages a lens or tries to stretch their frames to fit a family portrait inside. The personalized attention heaped upon each customer shines through in the services provided, which include technicians that grind and surface all lenses on-site in the flagship location’s lab, often fitting them into frames for next-day pick-up.
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.
Dr. Neena Chacha, the owner and head optometrist at Family Eyecare Center, specializes in medical optometry and specialty contact-lens fittings. She offers a wide variety of eye-care services from her clean, modern office, such as comprehensive eye exams, pediatric eye care, and eye-disease management. However, she doesn’t just make the world look better to her customers—she makes them look better to the rest of the world. With designer frames from Hugo Boss, Gucci, and Ray-Ban and a variety of standard and specialty lenses and contact lenses, patients will leave the clinic not only with clearer vision but with a new, stylish look.
Herbert and Edwin Sherman founded their business as a resource for men with hard-to-find sizes and difficult-to-please fashion tastes. They used to cart closeout styles from East Coast factories to their storefront, traversing miles in the name of great deals and men’s fashion. Since the 1950s, local politicians, athletes, entertainers, and powerful wizards have frequented their store, finding wares from brands such as Alden, Santoni, Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds. Sherman Brothers Shoes’s staff measures feet by hand using an old-fashioned fitting stool, matching customers with exotic, dress, casual, and work shoes, among other types.
Back in his army days, Dr. Harold Byer, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, garnered several science commendations for his work with lasers as he developed laser-protective materials, studied laser physics, and observed the effects of lasers on eyeballs. This enthusiasm for technology led him toward a career in ophthalmology, where he performs refractive and cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. Byer has improved the vision of more than 10,000 LASIK patients to date and has cleared many eyes of cloudy cataracts. Through plastic surgery, he is able to rejuvenate tired eyes with eyelid lifts and with less-invasive cosmetic injections that iron out smile lines, frown lines, and crow's-feet.