Vision in Manhattan

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Though SEE Eyewear?s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop?s exclusive coveted selection.

From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn?t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.

207 Columbus Ave.
New York,
NY
US

Since the company's founding in 1927, Cohen's Fashion Optical has grown from a pushcart business into a successful franchise peddling prescription and designer wares at more than 100 locations spanning seven states and Puerto Rico. Yearly eye exams are crucial to eye health, so each store employs experienced doctors of optometry who test pupils with comprehensive eye exams to assess ocular health, pinpoint visual acuity, and ensure that no wool has been pulled over the eyes. The store's visionary staff can also help outfit peepers with contact lenses or fashionable sets of designer frames from brands such as Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.

106 E 23rd St.
New York,
NY
US

Amid the boutiques of East Village, Anthony Aiden Opticians stands out as a purveyor of not only designer, but one-of-a-kind eyewear. Vintage-inspired frames from Oliver Peoples, with whom Anthony Aiden partnered to open their flagship Soho store, form the crux of the shop's off-the-shelf collection. For truly unique eyewear, though, the shop can fabricate replicas of any plastic frame in a wide range of colors, furnishing customers with brand new pairs of discontinued, vintage, or otherwise unobtainable frames. Eyepieces can be further personalized with custom lens coloring, which reduces eyestrain by imbuing lenses with green hues, rosy tints, or tiny umbrellas.

42 Saint Marks Pl
New York,
NY
US

HMY Vision outfits eyes with designer frames or discreet contacts, and helps patrons remain punctual with watch-repair services performed in upscale storefronts in Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side. Thorough exams reveal fresh prescriptions and the SAT scores of individual pupils so that patrons can select the proper contacts or frames from Tory Burch, Burberry, Ray-Ban, DKNY, Fendi, and other brands. HMY Vision also keeps wristwatches fresh-faced and ticking with new batteries, robust bands, and other essential repairs.

212 3rd Ave
New York,
NY
US

The optometrists at Bella Vista Optics screen for glaucoma and cataracts during eye exams, as well as perform specific contact-lens exams to ensure patients are paired with contacts that fit their eyes comfortably. Patients can then select glasses outfitted with standard or transitions lenses or grab a box of contacts from the Bella Vista optical store, which carries every contact brand, including those with colored or laser-imbued lenses. Patients can also get one-hour emergency service from the store's onsite laboratory.

1291 Lexington Ave
New York,
NY
US

Since opening the doors of their first shop in Queens in 2006, the family behind Happy Eyes Optometry have expanded their vision-boosting territory to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Their experienced optometrists examine eyes, draft prescriptions, and teach customers how to use their contact lenses properly. Meanwhile, staffers stock shelves with fashionable brands, such as Ray-Ban's face-flattering specs, Oliver Peoples' vintage-inspired designs, and Maui Jim's repurposed coconut shells.

1566 1st Ave
New York,
NY
US