Wearing eyeglasses is the easiest way to look intelligent, closely beating out reading a full set of encyclopedias on the bus or being British. Wise up your eyes with this Groupon.
$35 for Eye Exam and $200 Toward Frames and Lenses ($285 Value)
After a comprehensive eye exam (a $95 value), staffers help pair peepers with non-branded frames (starting at $159) or frames from designer brands such as Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini ($199–$229). Shelves also brim with high-end frames from Prada, Gucci, and Armani Exchange ($279–$539). Scratch-resistant lenses with antiglare and UV-resistant coatings start at $199.
Elijah Peters Optique
Located on the Upper East Side, this family of third generation opticians have helped customers from Russia to New York since 1964. As profiled in Time Out New York, Elijah Peters now carries on the family tradition by importing specs from around the world. Inside his 538-square-foot boutique, an eclectic selection of designer frames from Gucci, Tom Ford, Alain Mikli, and Tory Burch line shelves illuminated by LED lights. Eli and his staff fill these empty frames with coated lenses that defend eyes against UV-rays, scratches, and inaccurate fortune-cookie predictions.