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.
Customers can sharpen both their vision and sense of style with The Eye Gallery's collection of high-end prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contacts. Comprehensive exams uncover hidden maladies of the eye and calibrate exact prescriptions to fit in bold, colorful spectacles fresh from the runway shows. Each location can outfit clients with frames from top brands ranging from Ray-Ban to Oliver Peoples to Tiffany & Co., as well as fashionable enhancements that help shield eyes from harmful rays, such as mirror-coated lenses or umbrella-toting butlers small enough to live in eyebrows.