My grandson who is 6 has a problem with the muscles behind his eyes.  It was therefore, necessary to have his glasses made with prisms in each of the lenses.  His Mother took him to an optical store on the Upper West Side (UWS) of Manhattan who took her insurance.   My grandson took his new glasses with him to the eye doctor who does his visual training.  He said the prisms weren’t  in the right place.  I took him back to the optical store and was told that the eye doctor was incorrect, but that they would do them over anyway.  When the glasses came back he was still complaining, so I took him to Royal Opticians on the UWS, where I’ve gotten my glasses for the past 30 years.They discovered that each lens was a slightly different distance from his eyes.  If you know anything about prisms, this slight variation could not only impair his vision but, undo a years worth of muscle eye training.  We are now so pleased with his new glasses and would like everyone to know that Royal Opticians is a first-rate optical store where each customer is treated with care and precision.  Thanks to their expertise my grandson has a new pair of perfect glasses that he loves.  My daughter now realizes that Royal Opticians is the only place to go for real professional and honest service.  By the way, the glasses cost around the same price as those he got from the store that took her insurance.



Mimi Mcshane Dallas symphony

Another day in the life at Royal opticians. Today we had a visit from our longtime customers son Neal and grand children who also buy spectacles from Royal opticians. Mimi Mcshane is from Dallas Texas and has been buying spectacles from us for over 25 years and was the lead cellist player for the Dallas symphony orchestra for many years. She would often reward us with tickets to Lincoln center with Box seats to watch her perform. She has since retired and taken to teaching young students as a new passion. Mimi came to us initially because she had difficulty with progressive lenses and we fitted her with ZEISS lenses in a rimless lightweight frame which made it much easier for her to see when she was playing.
Alas we were told Mimi is no more and we shall always be gratefully for the light she brought into the store whenever she purchased spectacles.
Kindly make a donation to her cause as we will.

“I find that my true love in music now is not performing but teaching,” McShane ways. “I have always believed that there should be more minorities in orchestras in the United States. Through the Young Strings program I have had so many wonderful students

Royal Opticians Masters Story

On the eve of the Masters golf tournament.  We remember this same  time in 2010  we made 5 pairs of spectacles for Michael D  a lawyer customer from Washington DC.   He needed to have special lenses that would allow him to see the teleprompter at his feet at meetings and when he looked up to see the audience he was speaking to.  He purchased 2 horn frames and beautiful hand made frames from England.    We also introduced him to a trusted Opthalmologist to get him the right prescription.   He was so pleased with the spectacles that on the Saturday of the Masters  he came into the store and said guess what” I have tickets to the Masters on Sunday for all of you and a place to stay as we have rented a house all you have to do is get yourselves down there.”  Alas the rest is history and a Masters moment at Royal Opticians was created.

From Australia with Love

Hi Andrew,

We made it back to Australia and have been here a little over two weeks ago and Ive been bragging to my friends about my wonderful stay in New York city.
During one of my stories, I learned you and I have a common link. My dear friend Melissa Bergland was a customer of yours three years ago when she moved to NYC to attend acting school. After a grueling 22 hour flight she developed an eye infection from her contacts, which it why she visited you. You told her that the frames you sold her would get her acting work and they did! After wearing her distinctive specs to an audition she was cast in a new television series called Winners and Lossers (I’ve attached a image of her with her co stars).
Isn’t that funny that I should wonder into your store, I had no idea she bought her glasses from you. Show’s how small the world can be.
Would you be able to give me an indication of when I will be receiving my new glasses? I’m tired of wearing my current frames. I keep thinking how you told me the story of
the man that got a job after years of unemployment and my friend Mel and I’m beginning to think your dissing out magic with your spectacles, and of course I’d like a bit of that too. lol

I do hope this email find you well.

Kind Regards,

Angela M// Graphic Designer


Royal Opticians Mascot

Annie a king charles dog has been Royal opticians Mascot for over ten years. Her Owner Marsha has been our client since 1987. She comes to us because we were one of the first authorized ZEISS lens practices on the upper West Side. ZEISS being the top of the line in lenses. She appreciates the vision she experiences with Zeiss HD lenses (high definition) . She now has a new King Charles called Mabel who is our new mascot.


The gift of great Vision and Bess Friedheim

Bess Freidheim the founder of Bess Freidheim Jewelry in Chicago came to New York in 2000 and came into Royal Opticians to purchase spectacles while visiting the Jewelry convention. She had great difficulty in walking with her bifocals and had been seeing various specialist because of this! We immediately noticed the problem was with the spectacles she had been using and made her new spectacles which were specifically designed to solve the problems he had. That problem being her left and right pupils were not on the same level but instead she had one higher than the other. We went on to make several great spectacles for her and her daughter for several years.
The real story is what Ms Freidheim who was in her seventies at the time did with her new found great vision. She immediately put it to good use and after 65 years she went to college to get the degree that had eluded her. She graduated from St. Xavier University in 2006.She graduated summa cum laude with a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average, 65 years after earning her high school diploma. The oldest graduate of that institution. How many of us take our good vision for granted this is a story of great triumph.

Alas we just found out she is no more and in her honor we will give REFLECTION FREE at no charge to anyone in their 70’s purchasing spectacles for the month of April 2013.