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20/20 Vision

A statement eyepiece can make or break an outfit, but finding the perfect pair is not an easy task. We have a look at the nation’s leading retailers for a glimpse of the latest in the optician industry.

From geek-chic to retro elegance a la Audrey Hepburn, trendy eyewear is at an all time high. Most women, however, underestimate the importance of quality when it comes to their glasses. When you invest in your eyewear, it is rest assured that you are doing yourself a favour.

Not only does a quality pair look effortless, but you are guaranteed years of wear and use while also protecting your eyes from all kinds of harmful conditions. We all know that the sun can damage our skin and cause wrinkles, but how many of us are aware of the fact that UV rays also affects the cornea, lens and retina leading to potential vision loss.

Luckily, Woman This Month does the leg work for you and list down the top retailers offering stylish glasses that can also serve form and function. Make sure to ask for polarised lenses for extra protection.

Yateem Optician
This group has been in the vision care industry for over a century now, spread across the Middle East with over 80 state-of-the-art showrooms. The pioneering opticians cater to a diverse clientele with experienced optometrists always on hand.

Contact lenses and a whole range of global eyewear brands make it one of the most sought-after outlets in the region.
Be it eye testing, consultation for vision-correction or finding frames that suit your tastes and personality; Yateem Optician has it all.

The showrooms are equipped with computerised ophthalmic devices at par with international standards.
Call 17 253-397 or 17 251-238.

Optica
As one of the Kingdom’s leading eyewear boutiques, Optica has become synonymous with professional and advanced eye care. Boasting a four-decade heritage, their products and services range from affordable to premium, making them one of the most trusted choices in the country. Among the international brands offered are Ray Ban, Vogue, Carrera, Emporio Armani, Oakley, D&G, Porsche Design, Tag Heuer and Bvlgari. Known for their impeccable standards of products and services, as well as the technical knowledge of their staff, you can expect an A to Z treatment at Optica. Call 17 000-250 or 17 516-836.

Vision Express
Located in Bahrain City Centre, Vision Express is the UK’s leading optical retailer with a strong presence in the Gulf. Not only are leading brands offered, but online casino after a free eye test, their experts even give their customers suggestions for preventative eye health options tailored to their individual needs.

One hundred per cent UV protection sunglasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses with built in UV protection are all offered under a single roof. EG, Pepe Jeans, Lacoste, Puma and Tommy Hilfiger are some of the many brands available here along with special polycarbonate lens options for children. Call 17 179-576.

Shades International Optics (Dar Optics)
Dar Optics specialises in all kinds of branded eyewear and is known to offer the very latest styles in fashionable sunglasses, contact lens and frames. Their showrooms boast sophisticated equipment to provide you with the most advanced diagnostic tools offering free eye checkups and special discounts.

Apart from competitive prices and the most up-to-date collections, customers can also enjoy a one-hour-delivery scheme for their orders. Call 17 641-692.

Solaris
Solaris is the region’s first dedicated high-end designer sunglass boutique. At the forefront of the luxury eyewear industry, it offers the best models from world-leading brands, such as Gucci, Versace, Ray Ban, Armani, Dior and Oakley.

Customers can expect to find the hottest picks of the season as the opticians continually introduce the most modern designs in the market. The sunglass retail concept store offers more than 1,000 different styles for men, women, teens and kids. Solaris can be found at Bahrain City Centre and at Debenhams outlets. Call 17 179-725.

Ehsan Opticians
Established in 1988, Ehsan Opticians provides its customers with a variety of affordable international brands including prescription, fashion, sports and polarized sunglasses as well as specialized options for the little ones.

A diverse range of frames are also offered including lightweight, strong, flexible or hypoallergenic alternatives. Their list of designer eyewear includes Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Carrera, Carolina Herrera, Jimmy Choo, Emporio Armani and Lacoste.

Water sports enthusiasts are also considered at Ehsan Opticians, providing a range of dedicated prescription scuba diving masks. Call 17 224-478.

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