The trio of eye specialists at Riverfront Optical employs its more than 75 years of collective experience to help bring the world into focus for its patients. The professionals help clients select trendy or classic frames that flatter face shapes from brands such as Lindberg, Coach, and Calvin Klein. Within flexon and titanium frames, progressive and premium thin lenses enhance vision, and antireflective coatings keep conversational partners from inadvertently practicing Oscar acceptance speeches. Owner and optician Ray Guin also designs contacts for hard-to-fit patients, such as those with astigmatism and keratoconus.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.