Moving Announcement: Carytown Optical will be moving this summer (2018) to a new location within a block and a half on Cary Street. Please check back for further announcements.
Welcome to Carytown Optical Shoppe, established in 1983 in Richmond, Virginia! Conveniently located in the heart of distinguished Carytown, 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 and expert advice in a high tech setting.
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 (England), Bevel (Japan), Beausoleil (France), Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (USA), Dita (USA), Face à Face (Paris), iGreen (Japan), ISSON (Australia), John Varvatos (Japan), Kame Mannen (USA), LaFont of Paris (France), Matsuda (Japan), Prodesign (Denmark), Silhouette (Austria), Swiss Flex (Switzerland), Varilux Lenses by Essilor, Vinylize (Hungary), Zeiss Lenses (Germany), Oakley Sunglasses, Eyebobs Reading Classes, and more!
A unique boutique for cool and stylish 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 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...
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)}
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...
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!Online Store...
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.
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