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See And Be Seen: Here’s Where To Get Your Next Pair of Glasses

By: Karen Dybis | February 21, 2022

Back in the day, Dorothy Parker was famous for saying, “Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” But the opposite seems to be true today as glasses have taken on a kind of cool that elevates the appearance of the wearer.

As a result, more unique frames and designers have stepped up to offer glasses as a must-have accessory (but mostly needed if you have vision issues requiring glasses; but we’re all for wearing glasses without vision correction if you want to). Retailers have developed specialty frames and designer services to make sure you look and feel your best in your glasses. 

Glasses are made to fit each person, both in terms of the frames themselves as well as the vision correction within. To that end, make sure you are working with an eyewear retailer and eye-care doctor that you feel comfortable with and has the education to properly fit and prepare you for your new glasses.

Glasses also can be expensive, so look to see if you have insurance coverage or if you can find someone who offers an array of price points in their stores. Many retailers will work with you to find the right glasses at the right budget.

Here are some Metro Detroit eyewear specialists who take wearing glasses very seriously and want you to look your best. 

Spectacle Society

This Detroit store’s tagline puts it best: “Don’t be afraid to make a spectacle.” The store, which describes itself as Detroit’s premier and only optical boutique that highlights independent eyewear, is best known for its unique lines, meaning you won’t see someone else in your frames in every place you go. The idea behind Spectacle Society is that eyewear should be a form of self-expression that helps you stand out from the crowd.

Warby Parker

This national chain is known for having affordable and fashionable eyewear in its stores and online. Detroit has a great location right on Woodward Avenue. It is the site for the original Vernor’s Pharmacy, so it is fun to visit just for that reason. The eyewear specialists there are kind and educated about what looks and works best for their customers. 

Heritage Optical

As owner and president George P. Barnes Jr. puts it: “Eyewear is fashion.” Heritage Optical has three locations, and all carry creative and confident eyewear for every age. The chain carries an extensive line of eyewear including designer frames, sunglasses and sportswear for every personality and lifestyle. 
Optical World: Detroiters love this local favorite for good reason. Drs. Lorne Gottesman and Randall Weishausare in the private practice of general eye care with special emphasis on anterior eye disease, fashion and sports eyewear, specialty contact lenses, contact lenses for youngsters and laser vision correction. Optical World has a reputation for using only the latest in fashion and the finest in quality. They carry all the latest frames including FRED, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Coach and more.