Although thick eyeglasses can be used to magnify the sun's power into a marshmallow-toasting beam, modern eyewear is best at turning light into deliciously visible images. Update your world-processor with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $125 toward new frames with new prescription lenses at International Optique's boutique.
International Optique's showroom hosts a colorful congress of designer frames and custom lenses. Backed by the company's 35 years of experience in optical reinterpretation, knowledgeable staff members decipher prescriptions, distinguish between cerulean and azure crayons, and differentiate lens types to help clients decode their needs, whether for single vision ($120+), bifocal ($160+), or progressive lenses ($300+). The mirrored boutique glimmers with frames for bright sunlight and regular wear, with chic frames from Alain Mikli, Theo, and Channel resting alongside sun-shielding wares from brands such as Judith Leiber, Maui Jim, and Ray-Ban. Although technicians edge most lenses in-house, turn-around time varies from one to two weeks depending upon the complexity of each prescription and the location of the client's third eye. The resident optometrist is available to inspect baby blues, greens, and browns during on-site eye exams six days a week.