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.
SilverLakes Eye Care's board-certified optometric physician, Farin Boyle, has the knowledge and experience to treat a wide variety of eye conditions. After earning his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Boyle spent two years at the renowned Rand Eye Institute, training extensively in surgical procedures for cataracts and glaucoma, as well as vision-correcting LASIK surgery. As a National Board Examiner, Dr. Boyle is responsible for determining whether or not graduating doctors receive optometry licensure.
Dr. Boyle and his staff use advanced technology to complete eye exams, employing computerized instruments that, like the robotic third and fourth arms Mary Poppins wore, are designed to supplement rather than replace personalized care. The office also features an onsite lab that can fabricate most prescriptions in about an hour.
Since its founding in 1961, Pearle Vision has grown from a single office in Savannah, Georgia, to a nationwide chain with more than 600 locations. Each store maintains the core values of attentive customer care and expedited service on which the company was founded. Optometrists sharpen patients' vision by first assessing eye acuity and health via thorough exams. Then, staff members help you pick out face-flattering frames from high-end brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Caviar, and Ray-Ban. Lenses are crafted from materials ranging from plastic to ultra-lightweight polycarbonate.
Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's helpful face-framers stock their walls with name-brand, funky, and classic styles, dressing visages with fashion and imbuing eyes with clarity. During each 20- to 30-minute fitting, an experienced vision-guide takes time to discuss how different lenses, frames, and Superman costumes affect an individual's vision, sometimes using existing prescriptions to update looks. Customers can explore Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's brand-laden shelves, with frames from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Missoni, and Judith Leiber, though brands on-hand vary by location. Pop on a pair of Rodenstock frames with single vision lenses ($200) or use a set of Gant frames and lenses ($285) to fashionably signal rescue planes overhead. Sightseers can sport Armani Exchange lenses and frames ($335), flash Dior specs ($385), or decorate their soul-windows with Tag Heuer frames and lenses ($485–$585).
Since 1991, board-certified optometrist Gary Enker has performed more than 20,000 eye exams and 10,000 contact-lens fittings. He has also trained in emergency and pediatric treatment, as well as the fitting of specialty contact lenses and has been commended for his dedication to the field. Dr. Enker draws on that expertise at his eye-care center, where he and a skilled staff test patients' vision with advanced technology and old-fashioned care.
The technicians at the clinic’s onsite eyeglass lab outfit guests with contacts or glasses in about an hour. Clients choose from more than 3,000 pairs of designer frames, which staffers then fill with the proper lenses to suit their needs. The team also offers free routine adjustments for the life of the glasses, from tweaking the fit to adding miniature telescopes.
Mers Optical's locations in Hialeah West is chock-full of designer frames well suited for all manner of face shapes and personal styles. Independent doctors of optometry administer thorough eye exams, passing the results off to lens grinders who churn out single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses and fit them into frames from the likes of Lacoste, Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Mr. Potato Head.