Optical Illusionz’s Dr. Esther Kovacs performs comprehensive eye exams to bolster the sight of her patients. As a licensed therapeutic and glaucoma specialist, she’s able to quickly assess and treat ocular diseases as well as conditions such as dry eye or macular degeneration—a major cause of vision loss in adults older than 60. Dr. Kovacs also specializes in fitting eyes with challenging conditions, such as those in need of astigmatism and bifocal contact lenses.
Inside the store, a knowledgeable staff helps match clients' personalities with designer frames from the likes of Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, and Caviar, available in a variety of styles with pint-sized versions for kids. An onsite lab fabricates prescription lenses in as little as one viewing of a 24-hour telethon or one complete day.
With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
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 $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
A fashion design school graduate, Carol Reyes curates a collection of trendy looks suitable for women of all ages at her eponymous boutique. Styles cover a wide range, from business wear and cocktail dresses to casual sweaters and knit tops. Carol mixes pieces from new designers as well as more established names, pairing clothing with handbags and other accessories.
Austin Classic's watchmakers and jewelers boast more than a century of combined experience, and leading them is Auston Curry, who trained at the internationally renowned Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program. Not surprisingly then, this team is certified to repair most Swiss watches, including models by Cartier, Tag Heuer, and Breitling. They also sell new and pre-owned luxury pieces, which come with a one-year warranty and a note of authenticity that confirms they are, in fact, watches.