Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
The family-owned Marshall Troast Vision & Hearing Center gets to know patients and offers them a friendly smile before helping them with their hearing or sight problems. Troast and the rest of the staff at Marshall Troast Vision & Hearing Center can pinpoint an eyeglasses prescription and offer an array of lenses from children's lenses, sport lenses, and safety lenses. They also help patients pick out stylish frames from Steve Madden, DKNY, Maui Jim, and other designers.
Lens Lab Express offers eye exams and a large selection of eyewear seven days a week out of its five locations. The showroom features name brand frames from makers such as Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Ed Hardy, and the staff makes a point to assist customers in finding frames that match their facial features or third eye. Lens Lab Express also carries contact lenses and accepts many forms of insurance.
At Allwood Optical Boutique, licensed optician Donald Trischetta oversees an onsite optical lab that turns out lenses specialized for a wide range of tasks. Before setting his lens-crafting team to work, Donald determines his clients’ prescriptions and takes into account whether or not they strain their eyes by using a computer every day or working as a file clerk in a dollhouse. His lab is also equipped for emergency repairs of broken lenses, which it prioritizes with same-day service.
For the past 30 years, the staff at Eye Contact Vision Center has been helping patients of all ages improve their vision with prescription eyewear and contact lenses. Past rows of fashionable frames from Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, and Bvlgari, independent optometrist Dr. Carmela Losurdo holds court five days a week—performing eye exams and impressing clients with her ability to translate eye charts in English, Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Losurdo also diagnoses and treats most types of eye problems, including myopia, conjunctivitis, and double vision.
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.