Shop for new eyeglasses at these optical stores

Anyone who doesn’t have perfect eyesight knows just how expensive it is to correct it. There’s the price of an eye exam, plus glasses, contacts and solution, all of which must be updated on a regular basis. Make it worth your moola by choosing glasses that you truly love. Visit these local optical shops for expert advice on which frames suit you best.

The Optic Zone Inc

1
33 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1N3

Staff here know how to match glasses with face shapes, such as suggesting narrow frames for square faces, and will let you keep sampling until you like what you see. There’s also a resident optician on site during the week so you never have to worry about your script and glasses being separated or lost. And, remember to ask for Joe. He has the answer to every question.

Opticianado Eyewear

2
2919 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z1

Here’s a place that’s always ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest eyewear trends. Remember when cat-eye glasses came back into style? Opticianado was on the crest of that one. Their specialty is rare and vintage glasses for that look you won’t find anywhere else. Keep checking the site for cool stuff, such as monthly in-store music events. The Junction Music Festival of ’13 was pretty rad.

Eye Wonder Optical

3
1075 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3

If the name doesn’t grab your attention, the amazing line of eyeglasses and impeccable service will. The boutique is on the cozier side of optical shops, but that only means more personal attention. The shop may be small but the options are plentiful. It can provide any custom adjustment or feature to ensure the best fit.

Gafas Optical

4
555 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

Mass market style won’t cut it here. This place has no use for tray upon tray of generic frames and outdated designs. Partners Tony and Musadik hand-pick the inventory to reflect the latest styles and trends and make sure that when someone looks into your eyes they’re seeing the future, not the past. If your favourite actress, hip-hop star or A-list celebrity is rocking the red carpet in fabulous frames, chances are you’ll find them at Gafas.

Spectacle

5
752 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9

Some of us are pros at the whole eyeglass thing: You show up with your script, try on a dozen pairs and settle on one that maybe, sort of, fits. Or, at least that’s how it goes in a store that’s not as hip and attentive as Spectacle. A nice feature is its prescription lens change program; depending on the length of time and reason for prescription change, Spectacle will update your glasses for free.

Optical Thirty 8

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623 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

Everywhere you look, there’s a deal to be had at Optical Thirty 8. Sift through various packages and promotions for the greatest savings. Staff can educate you on progressive lenses, premium lense coatings and book your eye exam at any of three locations, including downtown. Optical Thirty 8’s inventory includes 40 different designer brands from high fashion styles to basics. Watch for Groupon specials, too.

Minh Chau Optical

7
305 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E6

Chinatown has everything, including a top-notch optical store. There is nothing token about this one, ranked among the best in Toronto by a city magazine. Staff will help you find a solution to the most common eye conditions, from myopia to astigmatism, and the shop has specs to fit all budgets. Special orders are filled at competitive prices.

Rapp Optical Limited

8
788 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C6

If shopping locally is important to you, then this shop deserves a second look. They carry their own, made-in-Canada line of eyeglasses called – you guessed it – Rapp Eyewear. Take comfort in knowing they make everything right here. And, if you need glasses while on vacation, you’ll find Rapp Eyewear products in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Asia.

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