Spectacular Spectacles
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    Unique Selection

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    Carytown Optical

    For Real People

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    Very Cool Eyewear

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    Established 1983

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    Total Customer Satisfaction

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    Eye Exams

    Optometrist Located Upstairs

Welcome to Carytown Optical

Welcome to Carytown Optical Shoppe, established in 1983 in Richmond, Virginia! Conveniently located in the heart of distinguished Carytown, this jewel of an optical shoppe remains the finest place for all of your luxury eyewear needs. Virginia licensed Optician, Cynthia Allen, sole owner for the last 25 years, ensures a completely professional experience with old-time service, personal attention and expert advice in a high tech setting.

From prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses to the latest non-prescription sunglasses, Carytown Optical Shoppe has over 900 frames on display, from all of the world’s leading luxury eyewear designers; such as: Anne et Valentin (France), Berkshire Chase (England), Bevel (Japan), Beausoleil (France), Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (USA), Dita (USA), Face à Face (Paris), ISSON (Australia), John Varvatos (Japan), LaFont of Paris (France), Matsuda (Japan), Prodesign (Denmark), Silhouette (Austria), Swiss Flex (Switzerland), Varilux Lenses by Essilor, Vinylize (Hungary), Zeiss Lenses (Germany), Oakley Sunglasses, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Eyebobs Reading Classes, and more!

A unique boutique for cool and stylish eyewear in historic Carytown, and a much-needed option for the luxury eyewear enthusiasts of Richmond, Carytown Optical is a casual, comfortable atmosphere where you’ll have your choice in stylish eyewear, as well as inexpensive “back up” eyewear. From the very young to the young-at-heart, we are simply the best in meeting your eye care needs. Come visit Cynthia and see yourself clearly and more stylishly in some new frames soon!



Our comfortable eyewear is equally sought after by women, men and teenagers; representing styles from classic to retro, elegant to funky, from bright and colorful to dark and subtle. We want you to love your glasses, to feel comfortable in them, to look good and see great with them!


Contact Lenses

Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering them, Carytown Optical Shoppe makes it as easy and convenient possible for you. We do contact lens fittings and consultations and can supply you with contact lenses most often by the next afternoon if we do not have them in stock.


Eye Exams

Dr. Benjamin Gates, OD is an independent, experienced and board certified Optometrist and is conveniently located upstairs the shop. We invite you to visit Carytown Optometry to come see why we he is “the clear choice for better vision”. Call (804) 565-2020. Visit Optometrist Website.


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Buy Eyewear Online

Not in the area? Order your eyewear online and get it shipped directly to your doorstep. We gladly accepts phone orders if items are not available from our online store, so if you don’t find what you need, call us to place your order.

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Buy Contacts Online

Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering them, we make it as easy and convenient as possible for you. Get your contact lenses shipped directly to you at reduced prices. Visit our online store and call us if you need help!

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Latest News

Carytown Optical of Richmond is now the dealer of Vinylize Eyewear. Vinylize was founded on the principles of making quality glasses from recycled materials and the use of old records has given the collection a distinctive look.

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Shopping Hours

Mon & Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00PM,

Tues & Thu 10:00AM - 7:30PM

Fri 10:00AM - 5:00PM,

Sat 11:00AM - 3:00PM,

Sun - Closed

Please come and visit our shoppe conveniently located in the heart of the distinguished Carytown and discover why Carytown Optical is the best place for all your eyewear needs.

Contact Information

Email Carytown Optical Shoppe
20 S Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221.


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