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

Covid-19 Information: We are open by appointment only!

We have created a safe clean and low risk environment to protect our customers. Call (804) 353-7665 to schedule an appointment.

We’re unable to take outside repairs at this time. Please wear a mask to appointments. Hand sanitizer provided. We will be responding to all messages within at least 48 hours, thanks for understanding, and stay safe!

Voted best Eyewear Store in Richmond for 2019

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!



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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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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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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