Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
Across Visual Perceptions' three offices, a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists monitors ocular health and accuracy. In addition to standard eye exams, they administer emergency eye care and manage ocular diseases. Their offices house fine visual technology, including an OptiMap retinal-imaging system and an eye chart scribed by e.e. cummings. Once patients collect their fresh prescriptions, they can drop by the optical store, where licensed opticians outfit Gucci, Oakley, and Tom Ford frames with precisely ground lenses.
The Eyewear Boutique helps patrons manage their face fashions with clarifying advice from a team of optical pros. Give orphaned lenses a home in new Gucci frames ($350), or let an onsite lab of lens-grinder elves construct new single-vision ($87) or progressive bifocal lenses ($252). A selection of upscale lens-huggers includes such recognizable monomonikers as Dior frames ($365) and Ray-Ban shade casings ($175). Polarized lenses for sunglasses ($175) also leap into the lab, where they are customized to prescriptions and released to a life of UV decimation within an average of two to four days.
Since placing a pair of glasses on the bridge of its first customer’s nose in 1970, the Marci family has outfitted generations with chic frames and discrete contact lenses. Matt Marci, along with his wife, Lorraine, continues to uphold his parents’ dedication to customer service at Windsor Optical, and maintains an inventory of eyewear that appeals to a number of styles and tastes. Within the cheery tangerine-hued walls of the shop, sparkling cases house frames and sunglasses from brands including Ray-Ban, DKNY, and Gucci that create stylish gazes. A collection of extended wear, disposable, and regular daily-wear contacts culled from a variety of trusted brands ensure undetectable vision repair. Once a month, Windsor Optical invites a licensed optometrist into the shop to perform onsite comprehensive exams that screen for all manner of ocular malady, from cataracts and glaucoma to permanent Magic Eye.
Science meets style at Aucello EyeCare Center. Sure, the on-site doctors medically treat everything from astigmatism to dry-eye syndrome, but lenses from fashionable brands such as Dior and Prada ensure that patients look as good as they feel after their visit.
Providence Optical is known for its great selection of authentic vintage frames but also carries a wide variety of contemporary classics and cutting-edge shapes. Peruse the vision center's eclectic collection, test driving fashions from popular international designers including Gunnar, Eye'DC, Bruno Chaussignand, Strada Del Sole, and Swissflex. In addition to its impressive selection of pre-made vintage and designer goods, the experienced staff at Providence Optical will cater to your creative whims, helping you customize a pair of frames while sharpening any less-than-20/20 judgment in the process.