Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
At Eye Health Center of Troy, licensed and board-certified eye doctors carefully tune peepers for optimal performance with comprehensive eye exams, finely crafted lenses, and fashionable frames. After training as an undergraduate in Lucknow, India, ophthalmologist Pamela Kaw immigrated to the U.S. to focus her studies on optical infections and tend to patients of all ages and visual impairments. Along with fellow eye specialists Tom Feiden and Linda Haughney, Dr. Kaw peeks into soul windows with comprehensive inspections before recommending one of several technologically advanced lens options. After settling on a prescription, doctors assist patients in dressing their pupils with stylish frames and 3-D monocles from designers such as Armani Exchange, Vera Bradley, or Kensie.
Sharpening vision since 1915, the ocular experts at Buenau’s Opticians craft lightweight lenses and pair them with a vast array of fashionable frames. A thorough eye exam ($95) evaluates patients’ peepers to determine ocular health, vision, and likelihood of shooting lasers from the pupils. The style-savvy staff can help customers navigate more than 700 frames from designers including Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Hard-to-fit patients may adorn their noses with the 2.5 TwoPointFive frames, a micro-cristalline polyamide frame designed to flex and adapt to virtually any face shape. Customers can pair Hugo Boss frames ($220) with a set of polycarbonate lenses ($125), or spruce up a set of old spectacles with polycarbonate transition lenses ($200). With the Smart Mirror, an imaging device that takes a series of photographs to allow virtual try-ons, patients can view their frames without their prescription lenses or the aid of a sketch artist.
Pearl Street Pub’s classic fare complements its elegant, simple setting accented with a wood-paneled bar, warm lighting, and an outdoor patio. Pre- or post-meal, join in on one of the pub’s weekly events, which include comedy nights, trivia nights, and happy hours featuring live bands.
Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames (starting at $99.99) or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision, and while prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $120 (for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($205) are lightweight heavyweights.