Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
Dr. Louis Hochberg—a former president of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists—helms the team at Omnivision Eye Associates, where for nearly 25 years he has paired his clients with a huge variety of lenses fit into stylish designer frames. Omnivision also offers contact lenses and corrective laser surgery.
The practice specializes in helping clients manage eye-health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and chronic dry eye. Dr. Hochberg is passionate about preventive eyecare, so he uses technology such as digital retinal imaging for early detection and treatment of ocular maladies.
Optical Alternatives brings the world into focus with a selection of more than 1,200 frames from around the globe, leading Fairfield County Weekly readers to vote it the Best of Fairfield County in 2011 and 2012. The optical center’s technicians flatter faces with designs from brands including Coach, Gucci, and Miyagi, paired with lenses ground on the premises rather than by an unreliable local butcher. The center’s opticians, meanwhile, stand at the ready to update prescriptions and monitor ocular health.
When it comes to laser vision correction, the doctors and technicians at Diamond Vision have a lot of options for their patients. Their most well-known treatment, LASIK, gently reshapes the cornea with a minor incision and a laser while LASIK's entirely bladeless cousin, Intralase, uses only lasers. Then there's the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure, which shapes the cornea directly but requires slightly more downtime. They also offer a few non-laser-based solutions as well that can permanently relieve vision problems or temporarily give patients X-ray vision.
Across Visual Perceptions' three offices, a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists monitors ocular health and accuracy. In addition to standard eye exams, they administer emergency eye care and manage ocular diseases. Their offices house fine visual technology, including an OptiMap retinal-imaging system and an eye chart scribed by e.e. cummings. Once patients collect their fresh prescriptions, they can drop by the optical store, where licensed opticians outfit Gucci, Oakley, and Tom Ford frames with precisely ground lenses.
For more than two decades, the lead optician at Stony Brook Vision World has shared his vast knowledge and experience with people who have been seeking out the latest frames and diagnostic technology. In addition to dispensing glasses, which are made in the onsite lab, he screens and treats patients for cataracts, glaucoma, and other ocular botherations. A testament to his passion for eye care, a glass case displays a variety of antique instruments that, like 19th-century laws mandating the use of monocles, were used to alter people's vision many years ago.