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Established in 1983, Carytown Optical in Richmond, Virginia, has been transformed! Its look and feel combine to welcome you to a unique boutique for cool and stylish eyewear. Virginia State Licensed Optician, Cynthia Allen, sole owner for 25 years in this same, historical Carytown location, personally guarantees an affordable, high quality option for eyewear enthusiasts in and around Richmond. This jewel of an optical shoppe, conveniently located in the heart of distinguished Carytown, is the best place for all your eyewear needs.

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), Dita Eyewear (USA), Face ? Face Eyewear (Paris), 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!


Why you should choose Carytown Optical for all you eyewear needs?

  • Carytown Optical Shoppe has been in business since 1983. Our store is located in Richmond's historic museum district in the heart of Carytown.
  • Carytown Optical is independently owned and operated providing you with a unique, professional, comprehensive and convenient specialty eyewear shopping.
  • Carytown Optical is rated 5 star by Google reviewers!
  • A board-certified and experienced optometrist, conveniently located upstairs, provides clients with the latest optometry technologies and visual diagnoses.
  • Carytown Optical is a trusted and Authorized dealer representing only the best luxury eyewear lines on the market today. Exclusive Anne et Valentin, Bevel, Beausolei and Matsuda dealer in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Each frame we sell is authentic, made of high quality durable material and includes the full manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Your lenses can be thinner and lighter than you thought possible and still be unbreakable and safe.
  • Your needs are based on your lifestyle and wellbeing; and we make recommendations on appropriate eyewear in conversation with you.
  • We specialize in cutting-edge prescription sports eyewear: Oakley Prescription Sunglass and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses dealer!
  • Our focus is on your complete satisfaction, and we strive to build lasting relationships, with service to each individual client.
  • Complementary one-year warranty on your frame and lenses for damage during normal use.
  • Whenever you visit, we will adjust your glasses, as a complementary courtesy, for the life of your glasses.
  • We offer friendly and personal attention with a live person standing by that can be contacted during normal business hours (standard eastern time).
  • You'll be satisfied - That is our commitment to you! We are real people wanting you to have a great experience.

Cynthia Allen

President & Owner of Carytown Optical Shoppe

  • Optician of Carytown Optical since1983.
  • Associates Degree, Optical and Applied Science, 1983.
  • Virginia State license in Opticianry,1983.
  • National license: Contact Lens fitting.
  • Member, Contact Lens Society of America, and the National Opticians Association of Virginia.
  • Member of Opticians Association of Virginia.
  • Contact & Pediatric Contact Lens specialist.
  • Certified in fitting Zeiss Individual, Progressive, Multi-focal Lenses.
  • Richmond Native.

I am asked, often, if I like owning my own business. I am asked for advice by some, usually younger, hopeful entrepreneurs and my answer is this: "If you are counting your hours then don't open your own business but if you have a love of people and a true passion for what you are building and presenting then you will be successful. People want authenticity. They seek it out or they may stumble upon it but when found, recognize its vibe. When you and what you are giving are the source of that authenticity they will keep coming back.. Customers will desire what you have to give when you stay true, honest, authentic and fair ( always) seemingly against all odds in the business world of mediocrity"

Do I like owning my own business? "Yessss - It is creative and fun. It is 'You' my customers. It provides spice to my city and I love it !! I was in my twenties when I began here and I still enjoy each day I am here with all of the ups and downs, with a fire and a rebuild. With a changing world around me I've managed to change with it and still stay true to my vision."

Thank you Richmond for loving us.

Beth Woods Virginia Licensed Optician

Beth Woods

Virginia Licensed Optician

Since 1987, Beth has served the community in Richmond, Virginia as a State Licensed Optician. Beth says, "I'm from Philly!" So you know you are going to hear it straight, and have fun doing it with Beth, when it comes to eyeglass selection. She has her own following of fans. Customers come from all over the tri-cities area just to work with Beth!

  • Originally from Philadelphia, PA.
  • Virginia State Optician's license, 1987.
  • Three-year apprenticeship and the State Board Examination for Optical Proficiency in Virginia.
  • 29 years of optical experience.
  • Lived in Richmond for 35 years.
  • Expert in ideal frame selection for customer's unique style, facial shape and skin tone.
  • Proficient with clients' Progressive Multi-focal fits, eyeglass adjustments, frame repairs, customer service and relationships.