The eyes have it in Forest Hills
by Spiridoula Karagiannis
Mar 22, 2011 | 2740 views | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Forest Hills has quickly become the optical destination in Queens, housing fifteen optical stores in just over two square miles, including both privately owned businesses and franchises.

But how does one choose, especially when they all seem the same from the outside? Interestingly enough if you are on either 71st Avenue or Austin Street, you are near over half of these fifteen optical stores.

Two of the oldest are American Vision, which has been around for about 30 years - "the second longest in the area" according to owner/optician Victor Klein – and Station Square Eyes, which employee Andy Park said was on of the " first or second to open up on 71st Avenue." The newest store in Forest Hills is actually MK Vision, run by Kaleena Ma. It has been open since September 2010.

Most of the optical stores offer a comprehensive eye exam. American Vision offers discounts for seniors and they accept most vision plans. MK Vision provides a discounted eye exam for all of their customers.

And, of course, all of the optical stores claim to have the best customer service and the friendliest staff. Station Square Eyes has had the same staff for about fifteen years "We’re more like a family," said Park.

Receiving a new pair of glasses could take anywhere from one to 48 hours, depending on whether or not the frames you have chosen are in stock. American Vision and MK Vision both make their own glasses. Klein has the equipment and the know-how to make most of the glasses on site, although he does order some glasses if he does not have the frames. MK Vision’s Ma discussed their "our own line of frames called Suki," which are lightweight wire frames and look very sleek.

All of the optical stores do have associates to assist you in choosing the perfect frames. Station Square Eyes takes this to another level; their employees claim to not only be licensed opticians but also stylists. Park even joked about a client asking him to help her shop in other stores.

The staff of every optical store is there to help you find your perfect pair of glasses, but if you are looking for special service, head over to MK Vision and ask about the VIP room. Located on their second floor, it is for their exclusive customers who would like to take their time choosing the perfect designer frame.

Store Locations

• Cohen’s Fashion Optical

107-02 71st Avenue

• MK Vision

107-29 71st Avenue

• Vision Care Center

107-08 71st Avenue

• Moscot Opticians

107-20 71st Avenue

• Eye Care Specialists of New York

108-14 72nd Avenue

• Diabetes Eye Care Center

110-11 72nd Avenue, Suite 1D

• Advanced Eye Care and Laser Center

70-25 Yellowstone Boulevard, Suite 1Z

• Eye Q Optical Inc.

104-23 Queens Boulevard

• Optical Choice

118-11 Queens Boulevard

• Cohen’s Fashion

116-53 Queens Boulevard

• I N Optical

112-12 Queens Boulevard

• Eye-site Opticians GHI

11653 Queens Boulevard

• General Vision Services

116-53 Queens Boulevard

• Fromer Eye Centers

109-33 71st Road

• Schwartz Arlene

98-08 Metropolitan Avenue

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