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 Armonk Opticians / Eyeglasses

Armonk Vision Care


Eye Designs of Armonk

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Vision World

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Vision Works

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Raymond Opticians


Stipo Opticians


Trapp Optical

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 Chappaqua Opticians / Eyeglasses

Eye Gallery of Chappaqua

914 238 5600 

Perlson Alec

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 Cortlandt Manor Opticians / Eyeglasses

Cortlandt Eye Care


Optical Shop

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 Cross River Opticians / Eyeglasses

10518 ocular disease low vision contact lenses  pediatric geriatric optometry Optometric Society American  Association New York State 10520 eye teaming binocular vision therapy astigmatism bifocal lenses frames | Westchester Cross River Eye Care

  Cross River Eye Care & Vision Centers are for the entire family.

Cross River Eye Care is located at 20-B North Salem Road, NY 10518. Dr. Gregory Gaglioti specializes in the treatment and management of ocular disease, low vision, contact lenses and geriatric optometry. Dr. Gaglioti is the President of the Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Optometric Society. He is also a member of American Optometric Association and New York State Optometric Association Cross River Eye Care | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10518 ocular disease low vision contact lenses  pediatric geriatric optometry Optometric Society American  Association New York State 10520 eye teaming binocular vision therapy astigmatism bifocal lenses frames | Westchester Croton Vision Center

  Cross River Eye Care & Vision Centers are for the entire family.

Cross River Eye Care is located at 20-B North Salem Road, NY 10518. Dr. Gregory Gaglioti specializes in the treatment and management of ocular disease, low vision, contact lenses and geriatric optometry. Dr. Gaglioti is the President of the Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Optometric Society. He is also a member of American Optometric Association and New York State Optometric Association Croton Vision Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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Terri Optics Family Eyecare

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Pharmacy Center

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 Hartsdale Opticians / Eyeglasses

Hartsdale Family Eyecare

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 Hawthorne Opticians / Eyeglasses

Hudson Valley Eye Associates

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 Jefferson Valley Opticians / Eyeglasses

Raymond Opticians


Sterling Optical

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Katonah Eye Care


Robie Burke Opicians

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Eye Care Vision Center

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Raymond Opticians


Rossillo Gina OD


Stevens Tania Dr OD

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 Mamaroneck Opticians / Eyeglasses

Apple of Your Eyes Optical


Larchmont Mamaroneck Eye Care Group


Raymond Opticians


Sarlin Opticians Inc

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 Mount Kisco Opticians / Eyeglasses

10549 | Westchester City Specs


10549 | Westchester Family Vision Care


10549 | Westchester Professional Eye Care


10549 | Westchester Raymond Opticians

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 Mount Vernon Opticians / Eyeglasses

Fourth Avenue Optical


Gramatan Eyecare


Medical Eye Care


Mount Vernon Eye Center


Mount Vernon Optometry

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Eye Specialist Optical MD


Optical On Main


Visionique Family Eye Care

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Raymond Opticians

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Edelman Paul


Kaplan Morton

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 Pelham Opticians / Eyeglasses

Vision World

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 Pleasantville Opticians / Eyeglasses

I-Fetish Optique



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Sklar Stuart


Vision World

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Sullivan Opticians


Trapp Optical

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 Rye Brook Opticians / Eyeglasses

Copeland Arthur M

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 Scarsdale Opticians / Eyeglasses

Central Eyes LLC


Eye Designs of Westchester


Eye Q




Pearle Vision


Rosen Jay OD


Scarsdale Eye Care

914 472-2020 

Scarsdale Spencer Pharmacy Inc


Trapp Optical


Vision World

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 Somers Opticians / Eyeglasses

Omni Vision Eye Care


Raymond Opticians


Somers Eye Center

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Raymond Opticians


Trapp Optical

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 Tuckahoe Opticians / Eyeglasses

10707 | Westchester Crestwood Eyecare

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 White Plains Opticians / Eyeglasses

10601, Cohen's Fashion Optical, The Galleria in White Plains, White Plains, NY | Westchester Cohens Fashion Optical Galleria Mall

  Cohen's Fashion Optical is located at The Galleria in White Plains, 100 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601 in Westchester County. Cohens Fashion Optical Galleria Mall | Westchester  more . . .

Gerlan & Gerlan Optometrists


Jed Jerry Dr




New County Optical


New York Shades - Sunglasses


Pearle Vision


Sears Roebuck - Optical


Union Optical Plan-Ghi

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 Yonkers Opticians / Eyeglasses

Barri Jones OD


Greenberg Marc W OD


Grisar Mark OD


John Giambalvo Opticians




Medical Eye Care


New York Eye Care


Park Hill Optical


Pearle Vision


Raymond Opticians


Sears Roebuck - Optical


Shapiro Optical


Sterling Optical

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BJ's Optical


Golden Vision




Sears Roebuck - Optical


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List of Opticians in Westchester County.

What is an Optician?
An optician is an eye care professional, also called dispensing optician, who provides lenses for the correction of vision defects. An optician specifies the optical properties of corrective lenses based on a refraction prescription supplied by a person (optometrist or ophthalmologist) qualified to measure visual defects and write an appropriate corrective prescription.

An optician's training includes dispensing eyewear, selecting frames, taking facial measurements, and choosing the best lens style for the patient. The lenses may be contact lenses, or held in a frame in front of the eye, rarely as a monocle or most frequently as a pair of glasses, also known as spectacles or eyeglasses.

Some opticians are involved in the manufacture of optical aids, such as lenses and contact lenses. Some opticians are involved in the modification, adjustment and dispensing of optical aids. The licensing and nomenclature of such persons varies from country to country.

Opticians in the United States
In the United States, an optician, through testing, may be certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) to fill the prescription ordered by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. In some states (Oregon for one) licensing is not a requirement to make or dispense eyewear. Many eye doctors do their own dispensing, and it is frequent for eye clinics to have an optician on their premises; or, conversely, for large optical chains to have optometrists in offices on their premises. Working directly with patients, opticians take the prescription written by the eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) produce the lenses with the correct prescription, and shape the lenses to fit the frame.

Optician Education & Training
In addition to having your GED or high school diploma, you’ll need to complete an accredited optician program, usually a 1-to-2 year certificate, diploma or associate degree program. Coursework generally includes physics, biology, algebra, and geometry in addition to instruction in geometrical optics; ophthalmic optics; anatomy of the eye; and the use of optical instruments, machinery, and tools.

Some opticians learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in opticianry. Two-year programs usually grant an associate's degree. One-year programs offer a certificate. Training usually includes courses in optical math, optical physics, and tools and equipment use. Other opticians can apprentice to learn the required skills. Many formal education programs will accept hours worked as an apprentice to supplement or replace course credits.

Optician Certification
Regulations vary from state-to-state, however certification is highly recommended because most employers require it. The American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) offer national certification and testing for opticians. Opticians must re-certify every 3 years.

The Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), a not-for-profit agency, accredits Opticianry training in the United States. The mission of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation is the commitment to an accreditation process that is a fair, thorough assessment of educational quality. The goal of COA as an accrediting agency is to assist the opticianry programs in producing well-educated, competent graduates to provide quality professional services to the public.

History of Eyeglasses
    Reading Stones - The First Lenses to Improve Eyesight
    It's been reported that Seneca - the Roman statesman, dramatist, and philosopher (4 BC-65 AD) - used a glass globe filled with water as a magnifier to read "all the books of Rome." Around the year 1000, glass blowers in Italy are credited with producing reading stones made of solid glass. These devices were similar to hand-held magnifying lenses of today.

    In the mid-13th century, English philosopher and scientist Roger Bacon reported on the use of reading lenses. It's unclear whether he was referring to reading stones or lenses in frames worn in front of the eyes, but he wrote in 1268:

      "If anyone examines letters or other minute objects through the medium of crystal or glass or other transparent substance, if it be shaped like the lesser segment of a sphere with the convex side toward the eye, he will see the letters far better and they will seem larger to him. For this reason, such an instrument is useful to all persons and to those with weak eyes for they can see any letter, however small, if magnified enough."

    Early Reports of the Invention and Use of Eyeglasses
    Most historians believe monks or craftsmen in Pisa (or perhaps Venice), Italy produced the first form of eyeglasses around 1285-1289. The magnifying lenses for reading were set into bone, metal, or leather mountings, shaped like two small magnifying glasses with the handles riveted together to form an inverted "V" shape that could be balanced on the Bridge of the nose.

    The first specific mention of eyeglasses is in a 1289 Italian manuscript written by a member of the di Popozo family. The author wrote, "I am so debilitated by age that without the glasses known as spectacles, I would no longer be able to read or write."

    In 1306, Giordano da Rivalto - a monk in Pisa, Italy - remarked in a sermon, "it is not yet twenty years since the art of making spectacles, one of the most useful arts on earth, was discovered. I myself have seen and conversed with the man who made them first." But the name of the inventor was never mentioned. Rivalto coined the word occhiali (eyeglasses) and its use began to spread throughout Italy and Europe.

    Italian scholar Carlo Dati (1619-76) reported many years later that he read an entry pertaining to the invention of eyeglasses in a Latin Chronicle written in 1313 in a monastery in Pisa. He described the passage in an essay presented to the Academia della Crusca, a scholarly society in Florence:

      "Among the entries in this Chronicle, under the year 1313, it is recorded that in this monastery of St. Catherine there lived and died Friar Alessandro Spina, a monk of most excellent character and most acute mind, who understood everything that he heard said or saw done. And when it happened that somebody else was the first to invent eyeglasses and was unwilling to communicate the invention to others, all by himself he made them and good-naturedly shared them with everybody." Perhaps it is Friar Alessandro Spina of Pisa, Italy, whom we should thank for the gift of eyeglasses.

    Artistic Evidence of Eyeglasses
    The first known artistic representation of the use of eyeglasses were paintings by two Italian artists in 1352. Tommaso da Modena painted a series of frescoes depicting monks reading and writing manuscripts. One monk holds a magnifying glass, but another wears spectacles perched on his nose. The same year, Crivelli painted Hugh of St. Cher, depicting a subject wearing eyeglasses.

    Eyeglasses for Nearsightedness
    Eyeglasses for distance vision appeared sometime in the early 1400's. In his letter to Piero di Cosimo de' Medici of Florence dated August 25, 1451, Ardouino da Baesse of Ferra mentions that he received four pairs of spectacles, and that three of these were for "distance vision." It has also been reported that Pope Leo X (1475-1521), who was very nearsighted, wore eyeglasses with concave lenses for hunting and claimed they enabled him to see better than his companions.

Other Highlights in the History of Eyeglasses

    1600's Spanish craftsmen create the first eyeglass frame temples. They attach ribbons of silk or strings to the frame and loop them over the wearer's ears. Spanish and Italian missionaries carry the new types of eyeglasses to China. The Chinese attach small metal weights to the strings instead of making loops.

    1730 London Optician Edward Scarlett introduces rigid temples that rest atop the wearer's ears.

    1752 London medical instruments designer James Ayscough designs spectacles with double-hinged temples, which become widely popular. He also introduces green and blue tinted lenses to reduce glare.

    1784 American Benjamin Franklin invents Bifocal lenses.

    1799 Scotsman John McAllister, Sr. opens the first optical shop in America in Philadelphia.

    1800 The monocle (first called an eye ring) is introduced in England. Monocles remain popular in Europe among men in society's upper class throughout the 1800's.

    1825 Englishman Sir George Airy designs the first lenses to correct astigmatism.

    1826 Trifocal lenses are introduced by John Hawkins - inventor, musician, and engineer of London and Philadelphia.

    1909 Dr. John Borsch, Jr. introduces fused bifocal lenses, making bifocals thinner and more attractive than Franklin-style bifocals.

    1958 Essilor International of France introduces the first progressive multifocal lens, naming it Varilux.

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