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.
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.
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.
Dr. Louis Hochberg—a former president of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists—helms the team at Omnivision Eye Associates, where for nearly 25 years he has paired his clients with a huge variety of lenses fit into stylish designer frames. Omnivision also offers contact lenses and corrective laser surgery.
The practice specializes in helping clients manage eye-health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and chronic dry eye. Dr. Hochberg is passionate about preventive eyecare, so he uses technology such as digital retinal imaging for early detection and treatment of ocular maladies.
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.
With a seasoned staff, all boasting 15 years or more of optical experience, Visions of Longmeadow equips world-weary eyes with stylish, sturdy, comfortable blinkers. Emphasizing atypical eyewear, these friendly sight shamans deliver a variety of frames to sight-seeking semblances, from top-flight designer brands such as Giorgio Armani to technically innovative Porsche Design and Entourage of 7 ($200+). Most of the lenses have antireflective coatings to reduce the glint of sunlight and to help wearers appear invisible when standing in front of a mirror.