In the words of the late Dr. Daniel Messinger, whose daughter and granddaughter now helm Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, “We’ve been doing this for 100 years—we must be doing something right.” Overseen by the fourth and fifth generation of family that founded the company in 1888, the sense of history carries over into its opticians’ daily practice—they’ve been seeing many of their clients for decades, and bestow fast emergency services upon them whenever a client damages a lens or tries to stretch their frames to fit a family portrait inside. The personalized attention heaped upon each customer shines through in the services provided, which include technicians that grind and surface all lenses on-site in the flagship location’s lab, often fitting them into frames for next-day pick-up.
Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, and Guess.
Glasses Galore's eyewear aims to merge crystal-clear vision with high fashion. Tending first to sight, doctors scrutinize eyes during exams before recommending the lenses that will best suit each client?s vision and lifestyle needs. Eyes can blink through lens styles including no-glare and progressive, which transition seamlessly between near, intermediate, distance, peripheral, and interstellar vision. An equally diverse selection of contact lenses caters to the frame-free with daily-wear and specialty options. In the fashion-focused showroom, designer frames by Coach, Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Tiffany & Co. rest in display cases or atop Groucho Marx mustaches.
Coach, Vera Wang, and DKNY rank among the designer brand names you'll find emblazoned on frames at Anything Optical. And because they're marked at wholesale prices, the glasses here can fit into most budgets. The same goes for contact lenses: Anything Optical's prices compare to those of mail-order packages. If you accidentally scratch or crack your fresh specs, the shop's staff can usually repair them the same day.