Raise Your Glasses

3343 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221


Cary TownOptical AboutUs

Carytown Optical is open by appointment only due to Covid-19!

Please call 804-353-7665 to schedule an appointment, or text 804-678-8459. Appointments are necessary to browse for new glasses, repairs, and picking up orders. This is so we can insure a low number of customers in the store at once to lower transmission rates. This also gives us ample time to disinfect glasses and surfaces between customers. Thanks for understanding! We will be responding to all voicemails in 48 hours.

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to take outside repairs at this time! This a temporary change, while we strive to protect the health of our customers, and handle reduced staffing. Thank you for understanding, we hope to be able to provide this service again soon!

Carytown Optical has extended shopping hours!

Mon, Wed & Fri 10:00AM - 6:00PM Tue & Thu 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 4:00PM  
By appointment: After regular hours and on Sundays

Optometrist Dr. Benjamin Gates

Eye exam are arranged with Dr. Benjamin Gates. Call 804-565-2020 to make an appointment or email Dr Gates. Dr Gates is a specialist in bifocal/multifocal contact lens fittings as well as monovision and single vision lens fittings. He provides excellence in vision correction, eye exams; expert diagnosis and management of eye diseases and disorders. Carytown Optometry can provide care for eye and vision complications related to allergies and dry eyes.

We have moved! (September 2018)

Come to see our gorgeous new shoppe at our new "home." The new location (which used to be a house built in 1921) is next to Mary Angelas Pizza and Premiere Costumes at 3343 W. Cary St. Richmond, Va 23221. Our phone number is the same. 804-353-7665. We think you will love this very unique setting.

Kawasaki Eyewear , New at Carytown Optical

Kazuo Kawasaki's screw less, anti-tension chassis eliminates loosening of the lens caused by wear and tear of the lens locking screws, a common issue pertaining to rimless frames that uses screws to secure the lenses thus provide better structural support for the patient's lenses. Drop by to see and try on this Impeccable craftsmanship. Kawasaki frames are sleek, comfortable and minimalist.

Vuarnet Sunglasses and Rudy Project Sunglasses are now available at the shoppe

The clarity of a Vuarnet sunglass is something you must exprience. Try on their unique European styles and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Rudy Project is the world leader in Sport and Racing Eyewear. Both Vuarnet and Rudy Project are available in Prescription.

Blackfin Eyewear New at Carytown Optical

Blackfin is a complete line of titanium eyewear in contemporary designs. Lightweight and stylish in a contemporary material and design, Blackfin seems to have hit all the right points.

Vinylize eyewear of Budapest Hungary

Vinylize eyewear of Budapest Hungary is now available at Carytown Optical. These exquisite frames are made of vinyl records. Read about them on the blog and our Vinylize page.

Carytown Optical Shoppe Supports Military

Carytown Optical Shoppe fills need for members of military
Richmond TimesDispatch, Monday, March 9, 2009

It's a long way from Carytown to Kirkuk. And in the middle of a war, the distance is even farther. But one area businesswoman has found some steady customers in the Iraqi desert among the men and women serving in the U.S. military. Cynthia Allen, owner of Carytown Optical Shoppe at West Cary and Nansemond streets, has the clientele thanks to a link on a Web site.

Allen said she was first contacted by a soldier who saw the listing several years ago. Since then she's sold about 30 or 40 pairs. "They started to talk about me and the word got around that I can do this," she said. Allen deals with the soldiers by email or telephone. She uses prescriptions they've gotten from their military optometrists. The soldiers either look on the Web or talk to their buddies to find styles. She then fits the lenses and ships them off.

"I always slip them some little extras like candy, cleaning cloths and a note of thanks for serving me and my country," she said. Allen said a few of the overseas customers have come in when they've returned to thank her in person. But selling to the military overseas has helped her get stateside customers as well. She's had customers drive in from Fort Lee and Newport News for glasses based on what they've heard from comrades, she said.

Allen has owned Carytown Optical for about 16 years. She said the only rule or policy at the store is that the customer must leave happy. That, she said, holds true whether the customer hails from Mosul or Midlothian.

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