Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
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, the eye doctors at Total Eyecare have cared for patients using the latest technology. For exams, the team employs state-of-the-art diagnostic devices: a 3D tissue-analysis system can detect macular degeneration or glaucoma, and a laser-scanning ophthalmoscope checks retinal health without the use of eye drops.
After exams determine their health and prescriptions, clients can browse thousands of designer frames by brands such as Prada, Ray Ban, and Oakley. Pairs are made on site and include a one-year warranty and lifetime adjustments that accommodate changes in facial contours or the development of third eyes. The store also offers a vast selection of contact lenses for those who prefer to see spectacle-free.
Back in the 1860s, a Swedish professor and eye expert named Herman Snellen devised a ratio to determine and express visual acuity—all using a simple eye chart. Today, the Snellen Chart, dotted with random letters of various sizes, hangs in optometry offices across the world, allowing docs to determine how well a patient sees compared to the “standard”—one who can see two chart objects from 20 feet away, or as we would know it, someone with 20/20 vision.
Like Herman and the doctors after him, Bronx Eye Care uses the Snellen Chart—along with a few more modern devices—to help prescribe the appropriate lens strength for patients of all ages. Once deemed far-sighted, near-sighted, or too cool to not own sunglasses, customers can peruse the clinic’s collection of frames by Gucci, Fender, and Prada.
The optometrists and technicians at Eye Care Unlimited harness the practice's 20 years of experience to improve vision with a carefully curated selection of eyewear and a range of vision-health services. Medical services and procedures include general exams, laser vision correction, and cataract surgery, each performed by staff that specializes in areas such as low vision, ocular disease, and pediatric eyecare. In an onsite lab, technicians create new species of fruit and a mélange of lenses, including tint-changing, antireflective, and lightweight, which fit easily into Gucci, Kenneth Cole, and Flexon frames.
The optometrists at Bella Vista Optics screen for glaucoma and cataracts during eye exams, as well as perform specific contact-lens exams to ensure patients are paired with contacts that fit their eyes comfortably. Patients can then select glasses outfitted with standard or transitions lenses or grab a box of contacts from the Bella Vista optical store, which carries every contact brand, including those with colored or laser-imbued lenses. Patients can also get one-hour emergency service from the store's onsite laboratory.