With prescription glasses starting at just $95 a pair, Warby Parker is hard to beat on price. Frames in countless shapes, sizes, and colors give plenty of options, while the eye exams offered at the Shaw location up the convenience factor. 1924 Eighth St., NW, 202-618-5606; 3225 M St., NW, 202-618-5605.
With frames handcrafted from Asian-water-buffalo horn and a retail spot in CityCenterDC alongside Louis Vuitton and Hermès, Morgenthal Frederics is a destination for special specs. The brightly colored frames are perfect for anyone ready to experiment with eyewear as a statement. Frames start at $365. 941 H St., NW; 202-204-3393.
Every pair at this optical boutique is handmade in Berlin. But that doesn’t mean old-fashioned: Mykita uses advanced technology—specifically, a form of 3-D printing—for its Mylon collection, making the frames customizable as well as lightweight and durable. Adult frames start at $469. 3001 M St., NW; 202-808-2070.
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This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.