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ForSight fuses health and style

Digital OptiKam device

IF EYES ARE the windows to the soul, then consider eyeglasses the custom drapery.

A bevy of fascinating frames are available at ForSight, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The shop’s eyewear brands may hail from all over the world — Italy, Japan, Spain, Paris, Brooklyn — but its selection of glasses and sunglasses shares a superior attention to detail: think hand-polished frames, customizable hard­ware and finishes, engraved temples and a wide spectrum of bespoke frame colors.

“Everything in the shop is from an independent frame company, and most of it is handmade,” says shop owner and optometrist Dr. Erika Morrow. That means she doesn’t carry anything available at retail chains, or anything owned or operated under a larger conglomerate like Luxottica, the umbrella company for brands like Ray-Ban and Oliver Peoples. Instead, ForSight’s frames offer a truly designer touch. “I want people to walk out and say, ‘I’ve never worn a pair of glasses like this,” Morrow says.

But great style doesn’t supersede good health. ForSight offers on-site exams using some pretty remarkable technology. A digital OptiKam device — it has the look of those motion-capture sensors actors sometimes wear — attaches to a pair of frames and collects custom measurements down to half a millimeter, and an Optomap machine allows Morrow to view the majority of the retina without having to dilate a patient’s eyes (translation: no blurry vision).

Armed with crystal-clear vision and customized frames, patients can admire the shop’s local touches, like a preserved moss wall from The Seated Succulent and charming French doors leading to the lab, which originally came from the historic Mercer Cottage.

“Stories are really important to me,” Morrow shares. “I want everything in my store to have a story that I can share.”

Digital OptiKam device

“Everything in the shop is from an independent frame company, and most of it is handmade.”

—Dr. Erika Morrow