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Carytown Optical was voted the best eyewear store by Richmonders. The announcement was made in Richmond Magazine, the August 2019 edition of Best and Worst.Click Here...
Carytown Optical Shoppe was established in 1983 in Richmond, Virginia! this jewel of an optical shoppe remains the finest place for all of your luxury eyewear needs.
Visit the beautiful new location! Carytown Optical Shoppe moved to a spectacular location at 3343 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221 next to Mary Angelas Pizza and Premier Costumes. Park in the back of the building and enter in the front. Turn on Freeman Rd off of Cary St. and then turn into the alley and you will quickly see the rear of the building marked 3343 and a Carytown Optical sign.
Virginia licensed Optician, Cynthia Allen, sole owner for the last 25 years, ensures a completely professional experience with old-time service, personal attention, a vast selection with a super comfortable and authentic ambiance.
From prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses to the latest non-prescription sunglasses, Carytown Optical Shoppe has over 900 frames on display from leading luxury eyewear designers located all over the world; such as: Anne et Valentin (France), Blackfin (Italy), Berkshire Chase (England), Bevel (Japan), Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (USA), Dita (Japan), Face à Face (Paris), iGreen (Italy), John Varvatos (Japan), Kame ManNen (Japan), Kirk & Kirk (France), Kawasaki (Japan), Matsuda (Japan), Rudy Project Sports Sunglasses (Italy), Sabine Be (France), Salt (Japan), Silhouette (Austria), Shamir Autograph Intelligence progressive lenses (USA), Swiss Flex (Switzerland), Vuarnet sunglasses (France), Vinylize (Hungary), Varilux Lenses by Essilor, Zeiss Lenses (Germany), Eyebobs Reading Glasses, and more.
A unique boutique for 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 Pat and see yourself clearly and more stylishly in some new frames soon!Read More...
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!Read More...
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.Read More...
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.Read More...
Cynthia was so helpful and helped me track down a hard to find pair of sunglasses as a gift that she was able to quickly ship out across the country. The customer service here is amazing and I would highly recommend it!June 2020, Sarah S. (Rating 5 stars)}
Many thanks to Cynthia/Carytown for resolving many issues around my broken frames. Cynthia is both expert in all things optical and committed to customer service! She went WAY out of her way to help me get a broken frame replaced, working with lab and the vendor to deal with several issues - none of them Cynthia's fault. She helped me identify new Swissflex frames and ensure a difficult new script was right the first time......October 2020, Mark L. (Rating 5 stars)}
Oh my gosh I cannot recommend this place highly enough I live in Alaska, and had been searching for a particular Anne et Valentin frame. Not only was Cynthia able to get this frame for me (with a choice of colors!) when no one else could- she was incredibly helpful and responsive with all my questions. Took the time to find it and get it sent out really fast. Lovely to deal with, I wish I lived closer so I could visit the shoppe. Great place!!!! October 2020, Beth M. (Rating 5 stars)}
Carytown optical made picking out glasses so easy. I've worn glasses all my life and this by far was the best experience picking out frames. The staff is incredibly friendly and are experts in knowing what makes you look and feel your best. They even redid my lenses because of a prescription change. May 2019, Lila R. (Rating 5 stars)}
The service at Carytown Optical was outstanding! Cynthia's knowledge, advice, and expertise were phenomenal - she spent a lot of time helping me by reviewing the best choice of lenses, advising on frames, and adjusting sunglasses I had purchased elsewhere. Carytown Optical continues to provide 5-star service.May 2015, T Burke (Rating 5 stars)}
Carytown Optical fitted me with a pair of glasses to use specifically for working on the computer... They were so helpful in explaining the difference this prescription would make. I love their selection. They offer a boutique selection you won’t find in any other optical store in Richmond. The pricing is reasonable and the personalized service was great. February 2015, Terry Caserta}
What a wonderful place to go shopping to! Cynthia the owner and her staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and offer an outstanding customer service. The product selection is impressive and offers plenty of fashionable items to choose from. There is a lot of space to park which is a big plus. Best in town in my opinion. February 2015, Sebastien Louis (Rating 5 stars)}
We had an awesome experience picking out prescription Rayban sunglasses for our 93 year old Daddy. What a fun place. Daddy sports his cool shades every day. He insisted on aviator sunglasses like he wore his 25years in the navy. He's a lot smaller now and none fit but Cynthia special ordered a small small size with long temples. We Colohans greatly appreciate her attention to detail and TLC.November 2014, Annie Norman (Rating 5 stars)}
I've been going to Carytown Optical since it first opened. Now living in Florida it is still the only place I go for eye ware. Cynthia, Beth and the rest of the staff are awesome. I was torn up when her shop was destroyed by fire several years ago. Thank you Cynthia for rebuilding. You're shop is even better than before. And tell Dr. Gates he's awesome too.November 2014, Deron Yates (Rating 5 stars)}
I received every bit of service, attention and expertise expected from a boutique, at Carytown Optical… But for personalized attention, follow-up after the sale, fair pricing, and just plain friendliness and a sense of value for your money and time, don't bother looking elsewhere than Carytown Optical.October 2014, David L. Robbins (Rating 5 stars)}
From my first step into Carytown Optical, I knew it wasn’t your everyday eyeglass store. It has a small town feel combined with the comforts of home and the classiness of a New York designer store. There is an incredible selection of high quality eyewear at surprisingly affordable prices. I recommend Carytown Optical to anyone looking for a new eyeglasses or a pair of stylish sunglasses.March 2014, Thomas Zmudka (Rating: 5 stars)}
Best place in Richmond for eyewear and eye care. Cynthia and her team make choosing glasses and contacts easy, expedient and fun. Their customer service and professionalism is evident throughout the process and beyond. Simply the best!February 2014, Joanna Longo (Rating: 5 stars)}
Thanks so much for giving me new sight in 2014! The glasses are a SMASHING hit and I give you permission to use this photo as needed to promote the fine work of your company and the awesome "styles" that you just can't find anywhere else; thanks again!February 2014, Marjorie (Rating: 5 stars)}
The staff at Carytown Optical Shop provides great service and definitely deserves 5 stars. I am extremely satisfied with my prescription eye and sunglasses… Throughout my years, I have gone to several optical shops but found Carytown Optical to be the best. The staff is chivalrous, clued-up, cool and very friendly. My total experience was terrific and I highly recommend them.May 2013 - Frederick Hefer. (Rating: 5 stars)}
LOVE the shoppe: excellent selection, very patient & helpful staff! Took me what felt like forever to decide on the right frames but Cynthia and Beth were so friendly, helping me narrow down the choices that looked good on me - and why those were the right frames. The shoppe has more variety of cool frames than any store within hundreds of miles, including DC. Amazing!February 2013, Elli Morris (Rating: 5 stars)}
The best experience I have had when buying glasses. Also, Cynthia and the whole shoppe are hip and fun! I highly recommend Carytown Optical if you love lots of lovely frame choices and/or are fashion challenged like me and need to rely on advice you can trust. October 2015, Karen Long (Rating 5 stars)}
Best customer service experience I have ever had. I learned more about quality products and how newer technology in eyes glasses just isn't typical available through "insurance shops". My overall eyesight is GREATLY improved. Go here - you're welcome!March 2016, Ted Fogarty (Rating 5 stars)}
I picked out a spectacular frame made out of vinyl records. It is very solid, and the shape is a perfect fit. Thanks to Beth, Pat, and Cynthia's recommendation. I highly recommend purchasing your glasses from Carytown Optical if you want to support a great local business and get quality service.June 2017, Curtis Grimstead (Rating 5 stars)}
I have been going to Carytown Optical for about 20 years now. This shop is like the type of optical shop you would expect to find in Soho or the Village in NYC.I recently purchased a pair of Vinylize frames as well as a pair of Italian frames by Vanni. Hottest shop in Richmond. October 2017, Lou Ann (Rating 5 stars)}
The friendliest shop you can go to. Great selection of lenses and the staff will help you find the perfect pair of lenses to suit your style. Loved the whole experience. One of Richmond's true gems. They have a customer for life. November 2017, Paul Zayas (Rating 5 stars)}
I love eyeglasses, and this shop has some of the most exquisite and beautiful eyewear in the area. The selection is unique, and the brands are top of the line. The LaFont and the Ann et Valentin lines are my favorites in the shop. The optician, Beth, is professional, skilled, and very knowledgeable. I've never been more excited about my eyeglasses!February 2018, Sharon Faith Graves (Rating 5 stars)}
Wonderful experience. I appreciate how they give you their input on what they think looks best. It isn't very easy to see for yourself what you look like when you put on demo glasses. Their opinions were a lot better guide than the way I typically squint at myself in the mirror when I have visited other establishments. March 2018, Christian Schick (Rating 5 stars)}
Best eyewear-shopping experience ever, with very kind, funny and sincere professionals who will ALWAYS make sure you are happy with your choices. Would not dream of going anywhere else in RVA for my optical needs! August 2018, Janet Borges (Rating 5 stars)}
Many thanks to Cynthia/Carytown for resolving many issues around my broken frames. Cynthia is both expert in all things optical and committed to customer service! She went WAY out of her way to help me get a broken frame replaced, working with lab and the vendor to deal with several issues - none of them Cynthia's fault... November 2020, Mark (Rating: 5 stars)}
I highly recommend this gorgeous place. They have a wide variety of glasses to choose from and the interior/vibe is so fun! Cynthia and her daughter were so sweet and helpful, I will be back for my yearly exams! January 2021, Anh Nguyen (Rating: 5 stars)}
By far the best glasses shopping/buying process I’ve ever been through! Their shop is welcoming and comfortable. Their frames selection is amazing, with a very wide range of prices, styles, and brands. And their assistance through the process is personalized and thoughtful... February 2021, Ben Price (Rating: 5 stars)}
Just got my eyewear and yes I Love them. My daughter also got her’s. Cynthia and her Daughter is amazing. The shop is beautiful and the selection of glasses is a must see. Thank you so much. May 2021, Mz Maze (Rating: 5 stars)}
I wouldn't consider going any other place. Top quality and great service. Flawless in every aspect. June 2021, Joyce Wolfhope (Rating: 5 stars)}
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.Online Store...