Even if it takes you hours to select the perfect frames from i2i eyecare’s vast selection—which boasts designer styles from Ray Ban, Tory Burch, and Vera Wang—it typically takes the optician 60 minutes to fit them with prescription lenses. Helmed by the on-site optometrist Dr. Lisanne Close-Rogers, the center’s one-hour lenses help streamline the shopping process, sending patrons quickly back into the world without running into the door on the way out. She draws on more than 15 years of optometry experience to administer eye exams and fit contact lenses, and also screens for and treats common ocular diseases. Crafting customized for progressive lenses may require more time.
Though SEE Eyewear’s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop’s exclusive coveted selection.
From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn’t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.
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. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Dr. Darin L. Strako draws on his pediatric residency at the Illinois College of Optometry and work at the Infant Welfare Clinic while providing eye care for children. In addition to pediatric vision care, he specializes in kids’ contact lenses and eye-muscle training.