More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
The optical staff at My Optician NYC enhances vision and decorates faces with prescription lenses fitted into chic designer frames. Branded frames from JLo ($229), Gucci ($350+), Prada ($350+), and other boutique bifocal houses instantly upgrade clients who fashioned their own sets from a box of paperclips. Single-vision plastic lenses ($69) refocus blurry printed words and improve farsightedness; polycarbonate and high-index lenses keep eyes from mistaking a boss's face for a Magic Eye poster. Although an eye exam is not included in the value of this Groupon, My Optician NYC's state-licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists can examine peepers and prescribe lenses for an additional fee.
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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.
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.
The Monocle Order is one part sunglasses purveyor, and one part shopping club. The online retailer sells and ships dozens of trendy frames from such designer labels as Selima Optique, Contego, and RVS. Along with customers' brand new frames, orders also come packaged with a free membership card that grants the bearer half off future sunglass purchases. Membership cards never expire and never have fees, gifting customers with unlimited discounts without ever having to clip coupons or swim in a fountain of unyouth to get a seniors discount. And to spread the word of their sunglass-selling exploits, The Monocle Order sponsors art and fashion events in Miami and New York.
The boutique-like displays at James Leonard Opticians brim with an assortment of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, including frames by designers such as Paul Smith, Oliver Peoples, Dita, Cutler and Gross, Lafont, Armani, Valentino, and many more. However, getting visitors into stylish specs is a secondary goal for the staff—their main focus is ensuring overall eye health. The practice's licensed optometrists perform thorough examinations of each patient's eyes, screening for diseases and assessing visual acuity. Once the patient's health has been verified, the staff can correct for conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness by prescribing glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, or wearable telescopes.