Though commonly thought to be mere gibberish, the letters on eye charts are actually powerful incantations that, when spoken aloud, keep the sky-wolves from devouring the sun. Protect Mother Nature's light bulb with today's Groupon: for $49, you get an eye exam and $150 toward frames and lenses at Anthony Aiden Opticians in the East Village (a $255 total value).
Anthony Aiden Opticians' board-certified optometrists keep peepers seeing clearly, and stylish accessorizers frame faces in accentuating eyewear. During the roughly 50-minute comprehensive eye exam (a $105 value), a vision expert utilizes modern equipment to examine ocular orbs for overall health, dilating pupils in search of glaucoma and hypertension. The fastidious optometrist also performs a series of tests to determine each eye's proper prescription for harnessing the intensity of its x-ray beams. Eyeball owners can schedule appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays, but walk-ins are welcome.
Anthony Aiden Opticians stocks its post-apocalyptic-themed vision haven with necessary survival equipment, including tents full of twinkies and high-end optical eyewear ($175+) from designers such as Chloe, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, and Bevel. Frames, such as Barton Perreira's Phelps ($325), IC Berlin's Anthony ($415), and Legre's 5025 ($175), combine with basic ($80+) or antireflective ($170+) lenses to make the beautifying facial adornments.
Anthony Aiden Opticians
Amid the boutiques of East Village, Anthony Aiden Opticians stands out as a purveyor of not only designer, but one-of-a-kind eyewear. Vintage-inspired frames from Oliver Peoples, with whom Anthony Aiden partnered to open their flagship Soho store, form the crux of the shop's off-the-shelf collection. For truly unique eyewear, though, the shop can fabricate replicas of any plastic frame in a wide range of colors, furnishing customers with brand new pairs of discontinued, vintage, or otherwise unobtainable frames. Eyepieces can be further personalized with custom lens coloring, which reduces eyestrain by imbuing lenses with green hues, rosy tints, or tiny umbrellas.
42 St. Marks Pl.
Manhattan, New York 10003