In August 2010, Sosniak Opticians was rechristened as 3 Guys Optical Center. When the founding family passed the baton, it was entrusted to a group of opticians that could uphold the level of care established over the past six decades. True to its roots, the company provides top-notch vision services and brand-name frames by designers such as D&G, Oakley, and Ray-Ban. The business operates out of two Pittsburgh locations—one in Oakland and one downtown—welcoming walk-in customers and eagles that want to look distinguished.
After 50 years in and around the eyecare business, Optical Outlet owner Shelly Droz is as well versed in attractive frames as any art dealer. Shelley grew up watching first her father, then her mother operate a wholesale business for frames and lenses for doctors in Pennsylvania, leading her to eventually take the reins next to her mother. Now operating her own business, Shelley builds upon her family’s legacy by offering vision services as well as the designer frames and lenses for which her family is known.
Inside the shop, licensed optometrists check clients’ visual acuity and overall eye health before writing prescriptions for lenses. Clients can then peruse the shop’s selection of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses from top brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, Ogi, and Dolce & Gabbana. After an average of two–four weeks, they can pick up their new prescriptions and finally realize they’ve been wearing shoeboxes instead of shoes.
Under the sage guidance of Dr. Viki Christopoulos, a double-fellowship, board-certified ophthalmologist, eyepólis analyzes optical orbs and kits them out in fashionable, functional eyewear. A visit begins with a standard vision exam, during which the skilled experts take precise measurements of piercing gazes, evaluate general vision health, and probe for potential problems ($70). Within the confines of eyepólis's modern, boutique-like space, spectacle seekers can marvel at an array of stylish designer frames, many of which are handmade with exquisite detail or imported from such places as France, Italy, and the storied land of Glassachusetts ($60 to $600).
Now helmed by a second generation of eyewear aficionados, Dalmo Optical has been clarifying blurry vision for half a century. During the eye exam, a skilled sight specialist examines eyes for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and nitpickiness. After scores are tallied, the friendly staff helps fit faces with a flattering pair of frames from brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ($149–$600 for a complete pair). Dalmo Optical’s in-house lab ensures timely lens-frame bonding, with most single-vision spectacles ready to wear home in as a little as an hour. Peepers seeking protection from UV rays and Medusa’s gaze can also peruse a selection of prescription sunglasses ($69–$249).
A sextet of experienced eye doctors helms Family Eye Care's three locations. There, the doctors lead their teams in warmly accepting patients for services such as comprehensive eye exams, 24-hour emergency eye care, and glaucoma treatments. In addition to ocular services, each location lines its walls with myriad frame choices from designer brands such as Gucci, Brooks Brothers, or Versace. Clients can gain peace of mind from broken specs or faulty x-ray vision with Family Eye Care's two-year unlimited warranty on select frames and lenses.
Using ophthalmological powers earned during prestigious studies at Case Western Reserve Medical Center and fellowships at Cornell and Tulane universities, Luna Vision and Laser's Dr. Rinku Dutt restores vision with high-tech LASIK procedures and ensures long-term ocular health with eye exams. With more than 7,000 LASIK surgeries under her belt, Dr. Dutt deftly executes bladeless procedures that help clients correct blurred vision or activate the ability to see into the infrared spectrum without glasses or contacts.
In addition to sharpening her patients' eyesight, Dr. Dutt also whittles away their facial and bodily imperfections with beauty treatments. She beautifies faces with Botox or Juvéderm applications, which safely smooth away nearby fine lines and wrinkles. With lasers calibrated to destroy hair follicles without damaging the skin, she clears away unwanted hair from virtually any area of the body during laser hair-removal sessions. Blepharoplasty treatments use a CO2 laser to remove fat and excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids.
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+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision and start at $80 (basic uncoated plastic) and $120 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($175) are lightweight heavyweights.