More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
Across Visual Perceptions' three offices, a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists monitors ocular health and accuracy. In addition to standard eye exams, they administer emergency eye care and manage ocular diseases. Their offices house fine visual technology, including an OptiMap retinal-imaging system and an eye chart scribed by e.e. cummings. Once patients collect their fresh prescriptions, they can drop by the optical store, where licensed opticians outfit Gucci, Oakley, and Tom Ford frames with precisely ground lenses.
With a seasoned staff, all boasting 15 years or more of optical experience, Visions of Longmeadow equips world-weary eyes with stylish, sturdy, comfortable blinkers. Emphasizing atypical eyewear, these friendly sight shamans deliver a variety of frames to sight-seeking semblances, from top-flight designer brands such as Giorgio Armani to technically innovative Porsche Design and Entourage of 7 ($200+). Most of the lenses have antireflective coatings to reduce the glint of sunlight and to help wearers appear invisible when standing in front of a mirror.
Optical Expressions' friendly staff of frame wranglers and licensed optometrists outfits faces with a stylish array of designer eyewear. Like an eagle landing on the runways of Milan, the boutique’s chic frames merge impeccable vision and high fashion through lenses ($69+) and lens holders from well-known labels such as Versace ($209–$350) and Gucci ($300–$429). Each appointment lasts a brief half hour to an hour, efficiently and accurately fixing customers up with a frame to match individual styles. In addition to equipping eyeballs with transparent eyewear, Optical Expressions’ vast emporium of designer sunglasses from Ray-Ban ($99–$179), John Varvatos ($199–$399), and Prada ($199–$400) fashionably shield corneas from the jealous glances of the sun.
Vonnahme Eye Care's eyeglass artisans help customers select new world windows, offering basic eye exams and an array of stylish frames in a newly remodeled space. Prepare for prolonged eye contact with flirtatious security cameras with frames from designers such as Via Spiga ($159.99+), Nicole Miller ($109.99+), and Juicy Couture ($179.99+). Scotchgard-protected Crizal lenses (starting at $265 for single vision) reduce glare, smudging, and scratching; widen fields of vision up to 30%; and improve contrast up to 20% to aid in Waldo-hunting tournaments. Keep outdoor irises chic and reposed with polarized lenses (starting at $255 for single vision) in stylish sunglass frames from BCBG ($99.99+), Kate Spade ($114.99+), or Boss by Hugo Boss ($134.99+). Vonnahme Eye Care is open seven days a week.
Dr. Louis Hochberg—a former president of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists—helms the team at Omnivision Eye Associates, where for nearly 25 years he has paired his clients with a huge variety of lenses fit into stylish designer frames. Omnivision also offers contact lenses and corrective laser surgery.
The practice specializes in helping clients manage eye-health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and chronic dry eye. Dr. Hochberg is passionate about preventive eyecare, so he uses technology such as digital retinal imaging for early detection and treatment of ocular maladies.