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).
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 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 (plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN lenses ($205) are lightweight heavyweights.
After working at eyewear centers for three years, a 21-year-old Norman Childs took a tremendous leap of faith when he opened his own in 1979. In the inaugural years, Norman developed close relationships with his customers and began building Eyetique’s reputation for carrying high-fashion frames by the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Chanel––brand names that were hard to find in the area. Norman’s brainchild grew even larger with the help of a massive ad campaign showing more than 600 actors, musicians, and local celebrities donning the shop’s eyewear. With an entrepreneurial spirit that never yields, Norman also developed his own brand of eyeglasses, the Norman Childs line, which features frames made in the USA.
Today, Eyetique has since expanded to eight locations and continues to outfit visitors in sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, which empower wearers with 20/20 vision and the ability to always spot Waldo in games of hide-and-seek. Staff members work one-on-one with customers to ensure that frames reflect the their personality, helping guests choose from a variety of designer brands including Coach, Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Silhouette.
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.
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.