You shouldn't have to choose between seeing well and being fashionable. That's the core philosophy behind Cohen's Fashion Optical, which sprung from the mind of founder Jack Cohen. After originally selling designer eyewear from a pushcart in New York City in 1927, Cohen established a brick-and-mortar store where he outfitted his clients in stylish eyewear. Today, the landmark store continues to pair customers with prescription glasses and sunglasses from upscale brands including Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce and Gabbana. They're also equally dedicated to function, ensuring that their lenses are constructed of the finest materials and made on site as opposed to flown in by the glass stork.
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.
Central-Eyes Optical houses thousands of frames primed for prescription from the center's two distinguished doctors. Dr. Saimovici specializes in sharpening vision with LASIK surgery. His counterpart, Dr. Kallman, draws on more than 25 years of experience to alleviate a variety of general vision issues, including problems with contact lenses or low-hanging branches.
The staff pairs patrons with new sets of eyes, including frames from designers such as Versace, Fendi, and Gucci. They also assist guests as they compare contact lenses from Bausch & Lomb and CooperVision, or outfit younger family members with one of more than 500 frames designed specifically for children.
When it comes to laser vision correction, the doctors and technicians at Diamond Vision have a lot of options for their patients. Their most well-known treatment, LASIK, gently reshapes the cornea with a minor incision and a laser while LASIK's entirely bladeless cousin, Intralase, uses only lasers. Then there's the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure, which shapes the cornea directly but requires slightly more downtime. They also offer a few non-laser-based solutions as well that can permanently relieve vision problems or temporarily give patients X-ray 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.
Outfitting Bergen County in spectacular eye duds for more than 30 years, Dr. Steven Weisfeld and his staff fine-tune fuzzy vision to clearer sight-channels with more than 1,000 in-stock frames and prescription lenses. Twenty-twenty hopefuls can scoop up non-designer frames and lenses ($150–$600), and fashion-focused pupils dilate at the sight of the shop's collection of designer sight-goggles from brands such as Ray-Ban, Chrome Hearts, Maui Jim, Gucci, Chanel, and Revo ($129–$1,650 without lenses).