One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
Behind Peepers Eyecare's brick façade, doctors and opticians have assessed visual acuity and fitted patrons with eyeglasses for more than 38 years. The boutique brims with name brand frames from Kenneth Cole, Ogi, Cover Girl, and Eddie Bauer, which stylishly hold prescription lenses or a photograph of the wearer’s eye.
A finalist for the Governor's Award of Excellence, the office of Drs. Hawks, Besler and Rogers is committed to providing the most precise, comfortable, and efficient vision-enhancers possible to patients. For chic sightseers, the office carries an abundance of sophisticated frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, Vera Bradley, and more. Depending on frame and lens selection, complete pairs of eyeglasses range from $200 to $600. To protect eyes from sunburn and avoid the subsequent need to rub eyes with aloe vera lotion, you can also outfit them with sunshields from designers such as Maui Jim and Oakley.
Leon Butler opened Brookside Optical in 1989 with the vision that all clients, even those with hard-to-correct eyesight, could have access to stylish eyewear. Today, the shelves stock colorful frames ($100+) by small manufacturers and such designers as l.a. Eyeworks, Theo, and Anne et Valentin. Whether in retro cat-eye shapes or planted with futuristic jet packs, each pair of glasses is crafted by the on-site lab and ready to wear within days.
If you're willing to let someone operate on your eyes with a laser, what's the one thing they better have? Steady hands are important, sure, but how about experience? All told, The LASIK Vision Institute's doctors have performed more than one million eye surgeries at 57 locations nationwide. Across its network, the company has independent veteran surgeons who are all LASIK experts.
Technology has played a major role in LVI?s success, as well. Each location relies on FDA-approved laser technology that results in minimal discomfort and short recovery times, in addition to helping many patients see 20/20 or better.
With 20 years of industry experience, Jonathan Sollers at Shawnee Optix graces faces with expertly fitted frames from designer brands such as Nike, Rayban, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. The shop’s selection of specialty lenses adheres to unique ocular needs with a range of special designs and coating, including polycarbonate, no-line bifocal, scratch-resistant, and barbecue-flavored.