Raise Your Glasses

3343 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

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    Established 1983

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    Unique Selection

    Edgy Retro Traditional

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    Carytown Optical

    For Real People

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    Very Cool Eyewear

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    Total Customer Satisfaction

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    Eye Exams

    Optometrist Located Upstairs

Welcome to the New Location of Carytown Optical

Carytown Optical 3343 West Cary Street Richmond VA 23221

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.

Raise Your Glasses!

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. 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 all of the world’s leading luxury eyewear designers; 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), ISSON (Australia), John Varvatos (Japan), Kame Mannen (Japan), Kawasaki (Japan) LaFont of Paris (France), Matsuda (Japan), Prodesign (Denmark), Rudy Project Sports Sunglasses (Italy), Silhouette (Austria), Swiss Flex (Switzerland), Vuarnet sunglasses (France), Vinylize (Hungary), Zeiss Lenses (Germany), Varilux Lenses by Essilor, 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, Beth and Pat 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 & Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00PM

Tues 10:00AM - 7:30PM

Fri 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sat 11:00AM - 3:00PM

By appointment: After regular hours and on Sundays

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.

New Location

3343 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221