For more than 90 years, Sterling Optical’s physicians and eyeglass specialists have paired peepers with stylish brand-name frames. Men, women, children, and seeing-impaired mannequins can browse frames by Coach, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, and Kenneth Cole (designer frames are $229+), among others such as Peachtree Eyewear ($119). Eyewear technicians forge lenses in about one hour before bestowing customers with two pairs of custom frames—one for daily wear and one for incognito trips to the grocery store. If within 30 days of their purchase patrons tire of frames with x-ray vision, Sterling Optical will gladly replace said specs with another pair of equal or lesser value.
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. 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 designer frames from brands such as Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.
The "royal treatment" denotes a degree of pampering to suit the sort of person who knows how to pronounce "duchy." At Royal Optix, eyes can enjoy that nonpareil care with luxury-level eye products and add-ons. After a comprehensive eye exam with the doctor, patients can peruse a line up of fashionable brands including Ray-Ban, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, and Oliver Peoples. Many of these frames can be upgraded with genuine snakeskin leather and Crizal lenses, which repel water and are resilient to dust and breakage. With luxury brands and high-tech products, Royal Optix treats eyes like the cranial regents they are.
Since 1988, Specs For Less has been sharpening visual acuity in Staten Island and its surrounding areas. At each of its five locations, customers' eyes are coddled by a staff of optometrists, who examine eyes aided by up-to-date equipment as well as ongoing education. Meanwhile, eyewear consultants concern themselves with keeping newly minted prescriptions stylishly adhered to faces, occupying the vanguard of frame style trends with an inventory of designs from Coach, Fendi, and Dior.
With the aim of providing quick and hassle-free ordering, MD Optix makes its expansive inventory of contacts available over the Internet. Rigid gas permeable, hard, and disposable contacts from brands such as Acuvue, Focus, and SofLens populate virtual shelves and are promptly shipped after shoppers input their prescription. MD Optix also specializes in procuring hard-to-find, specialty, and made-to-order lenses.
During the postwar 1950s, two veterans who sought to provide exceptional vision care for labor organizations established General Vision Services—earning it the slogan "the optical company with the union label." Today, it operates as a third-party vision-care provider, helping customers from the tri-state and retirement areas to receive ocular care and select from more than 1,000 designer frames in myriad shapes, colors, and scratch-and-sniff scents. Visitors also benefit from free parking.