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.
Artsee Eyewear has captured the attention of fashion icons and casual window shoppers alike with new and vintage style-conscious eyeglass frames. Raucous parades of oracular accouterments from around the world march into the shop each week, creating a well-curated assortment with innovative eyewear ranging from $300 to $1,600, with most frames clocking in at $535. In addition to flaunting day-to-day spectacles, the boutique also reveals itself to be a treasure trove of stylish sunglasses, garnering best sunglass store For Eccentrics by New York magazine, a title previously held by fashion-heavyweight The Mad Hatter's Haberdashery. Rivaling the eyewear in expressive personality is the store itself, clad in engaging visual art that changes as a new exhibition is ushered into the store every other month.
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.
Leeber Cohen not only helps his clients see more clearly but also works to help them like what they see in the mirror. As a board-certified physician with more than 20 years of experience, he ably treats diseases pertaining to the eyes. And with special training in the broad use of cosmetic injections, Dr. Cohen can administer wrinkle-relaxing Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane to leave clients looking youthful enough to be denied entry to their own high-school reunions.
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.