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.
Optician Bradley Sauceda employs his 25 years of eye-examining experience to astutely assess optical health, educate clients, and recommend solutions. During the no-dilation refraction exam, eyes expose their problems, inner secrets and childhood crushes while strolling a gauntlet of simple tests and examinations. A series of procedures—such as muscle, cover, and manifest-refraction tests—gauge your peepers' performance and ideal prescription, with pupils able to flaunt their particular optical reactions to light.
Innovative Eyecare's full-service optometry boutique inspects eyes and outfits peepers with designer eyewear and contact lenses. Before clients select a stylish lens corrector, an experienced optometrist thoroughly examines their eyes during a 30-minute appointment aimed at determining prescription and assessing the health and Morse code blinking speed of the optic nerve (a $99 value). Next, a spectacle stylist can help outfit blinkers with chic frames from designers including Prada, Versace, Ray-Ban, Calvin Klein, and more ($160–$600). A variety of contact lenses are also available for discreet vision correcting or reading covert assignments written exclusively in size 3 font ($19.75–$86.50/box).
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.