Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
For more than 20 years, Eye Care Optical’s staffers have been greeting Ridgewood-area customers with smiles that may initially be a bit blurry but soon become 20/20 sharp. Amid the store’s warm orange walls, shelves display eyeglass and sunglass frames from designer brands including Jaguar, Ray-Ban, and Prada. Dr. Gosset, the store’s onsite optician, examines eyes carefully before writing a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, after which skilled technicians take over, creating traditional eyewear in roughly one hour and three-eyed cosmic glasses in about 90 minutes.
At Optical Warehouse Outlet, customers in need of vision correction can stop in for an eye exam from a board-certified doctor or peruse the shop's wares for new specs. Selling both standard and designer glasses, Optical Warehouse Outlet caters to various budgets with no-frills frames and flashier looks from makers such as Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani Exchange. The friendly staff is always on hand to make frame recommendations and ensure that glasses don't slip down noses or slide inside nostrils.
At Lens Lab Express, friendly doctors and staffers fit clients with glasses that suit their prescriptive needs as well as style. To correct near- or farsightedness, they discuss how different frame and lens selections impact vision. And to ensure stylishness, they stock a wide array of designer eyewear from brands such as Christian Dior and Prada. Fittings for contact lenses and comprehensive eye exams also boost the health of clients' peepers.
With an experienced on-site optometrist and frames crafted by brands such as Coach, Chanel, and Fendi, Village Eyewear is a one-stop shop for eyewear. In addition to traditional eyeglasses, patrons can find sports glasses, prescription sunglasses, and anti-reflective lenses.
Therapeutic optometrist Dr. Natalia Raeva has spent more than a decade testing eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and dryness. Now, she channels the optometry experience she gained from working in hospitals and nursing homes to both All About Eyes Vision Center and Visual Effects Eyecare Center, where she pulls clients’ sight back into focus with contact, bifocal, and progressive lenses. After Dr. Raeva has tested the health of each eye, the staff fits adults and kids with designer and sports frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Swissflex. All lenses can be further customized to resist scratches, filter out ultraviolet rays, or deflect the glares of a jealous sun.