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.

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. Carytown Optical Shoppe wants you to love your glasses, to feel comfortable in them, to look good and simply, to see great with them!

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 Eyewear (England), Bevel Eyewear (Japan), Beausoleil Eyewear (France), Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (USA), ISSON Eyewear (Australia), John Varvatos Eyewear (Japan), LaFont Eyewear of Paris (France), Matsuda Eyewear (Japan), Prodesign Eyewear (Denmark), Silhouette Eyewear (Austria), Swiss Flex Eyewear (Switzerland), Varilux Lenses by Essilor, Vinylize Eyewear (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!

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Carytown Optical 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 and we will ship your eyewear directly to your doorstep.





Some of the satisfied clients of Carytown Optical. Read our testimonials to see why we are the best in town!

Shopping HoursMon & Wed 10 - 6, Tues & Thu 10 - 7:30
Fri 10 - 5, Sat 11 - 3, Sun - Closed
The first Friday of each month we are open from 10am until 8:30pm!

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20 S Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221. Located in Martins Shopping Center close to Carytown Burgers & Fries.


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Dr. Benjamin Gates, OD is an independent, experienced and board certified Optometrist and is conveniently located upstairs the shop. Call (804) 565-2020.
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Vinylize eyewear of Budapest Hungary is now available at Carytown Optical. These exquisite frames are made of vinyl records. See blog and on the products page


VCU Discount, military,law enforcement & fire fighters discount at Carytown Optical!