The 5 Best Eyewear Stores in Edmonton

Best Eyewear in Edmonton

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by Emma Fraser

Do you need new frames for your prescription glasses or just want to grab a pair of shades for the summer? If you are, then this list that we’ve put together today is exactly what you need!

We’ve done the research and put together this list of the top stores in Edmonton to get new frames based on their product line, prices, and customer reviews.

Are you ready? Let’s take a look at the best eyewear stores in Edmonton.

How Much Does Eyewear Cost in Edmonton?

Before we show you why these stores on our list are the best, let’s talk cost first.

Each eyewear store will differ in its product offerings, brands, and pricing schemes. If they’re carrying designer brands, you can expect these to have prices starting at $200.

However, some eyewear stores also manufacture their own line of frames, and these are usually friendlier to the average person’s budget. These types of frames usually average below $200.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the items carried by the stores in our list to give you a general idea of prices before you walk through their doors. We’ve included some designer brands and the store’s own product line as well.

StoreEyewearPrice
Second SpecsBurberry 4283$284.90
Oakley Ox5140 Tiebar 0.5$312.90
ArmourX 7015 Safety Glasses$100.00
Lacoste L2692 Children’s$130.20
LenscraftersGiorgio Armani AR5098T (RX)$802.00
Sferoflex Children’s (RX)$84.00
Gucci Sunglasses GG0649SK58$505.00
Chaps Sunglasses$70.00
The Observatory OpticalJacques Marie Mage Noland Rover (RX)$1,075.00
Folc Star Sun$399.00
Women With Vision OpticiansHugo Boss Light Havana$170.00
Emmeline Is Wine$250.00
BonLookBonLook Pose (RX)$179.00
BonLook Dapper$149.00
BonLook ArtJunior (Kids)$149.00

If you’ve purchased prescription lenses before, you’re already aware that outfitting your frames comes at an additional cost. However, if this is your first time, we’ve put together a list of the average estimated prices that opticians may charge to customize your glasses.

Lens TypePrice
Single Vision$70.00
Digital Progressive Design$150.00
Bifocal$130.00
Blue Light$90.00
Anti-Reflective Coating$50.00
Polycarbonate$50.00

The Best Eyewear Stores in Edmonton

Whether you’re buying prescription glasses or sunglasses, you now have a better idea of what to expect when buying a new pair. Now that you’re ready, let’s take a look at our picks of the best eyewear stores in Edmonton.

1.   Second Specs

Second Specs' Homepage
Source: Second Specs
SERVICESWomen’s, Men’s, Frames & Lenses, Designer Frames, Children’s Safety Glasses, Non-Prescription Blue Light, Trending Styles
WEBSITEhttps://second-specs.com/
ADDRESSWest Edmonton Mall
8882 170 St NW #2348, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2
 
Londonderry Mall
NW K709, Edmonton, AB T5C 3C8, Canada
 
St. Albert Centre
K3 – 375 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3K8
 
Sherwood Centre
110, 1020 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 2G4
CONTACT DETAILSEmail: [email protected]
 
West Edmonton Mall Phase 1
Phone: (587) 782-4350
 
West Edmonton Mall Phase 3
Phone: (780) 643-2350
 
Londonberry Mall
Phone: (780) 306-1172
 
St. Albert Centre
Phone: (780) 809-2350
 
Sherwood Centre
Phone: (780) 809-2360
OPERATING HOURSWest Edmonton Mall
Monday to Friday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
 
Londonberry Mall
Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
 
St. Albert Centre
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
 
Sherwood Centre
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Second Specs is a proudly Albertan-owned and operated optical store that has four branches in Edmonton. They’re avidly known for their affordable frames and regularly discounted designer brands.

Their product line consists of familiar luxury names such as Ray-Ban, Burberry, and Michael Kors. However, Second Specs also has more affordable options found in their own line of frames that you can take home for as little as $78!

We like Second Specs because if you’re already an existing customer with a file in their archive, you can order prescription glasses conveniently online. If you have a new or updated prescription, you simply have to send it to the branch you’re associated with, and they’ll craft your new lenses for you.

This is especially useful for those who might not be able to drive out if they’ve lost their glasses or don’t have anybody to bring them to the store. The good news is, after ordering online, your new specs can be shipped to your doorstep within 1-2 days.

Second Specs also features a fantastic warranty plan that provides up to a one-year guarantee on any purchase you make! To make things even better, for every pair of glasses you purchase, the company will donate to Canadian Vision Care, which is an organization that provides eye care and eyewear to those in need.

Pros

  • Affordable prices
  • Fast service for outfitting lenses on frames
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Does not provide eye exams
  • Limited selection of safety glasses

Customer Reviews

If you’re a proud Albertan, then buying your frames at Second Specs is a great way to support a local business! Nese Miller from Edmonton, highly recommends this store because of their fast service as she says:

“Wonderful friendly service! Very helpful! Turn around time is amazing. Glasses in less than an hour works for me! Definitely recommend this place. Locally owned is a bonus”

Sumit Duggal agrees with the review as he shares his own thoughts:

“Best place for eye glasses in Edmonton. Quick, easy and the quality of service was outstanding. Best value for your money!!”

2.   LensCrafters

LensCrafters' Homepage
Source: LensCrafters
SERVICESEyeglasses, Sunglasses, Designer Brands, Blue Light Treatment Lenses, Clear & Photochromic Lenses, Eye Exam
WEBSITEhttps://www.lenscrafters.ca/
ADDRESSKingsway Garden Mall
109th Street And Princess Elizabeth, 790 Edmonton, AB
 
Westmount Shopping Center
111 Avenue & Groat Road Edmonton, AB
 
Southgate Shopping Centre
5015 – 111 St Nw Edmonton, AB
 
West Edmonton Mall Upper Level
8770 170th Street Edmonton, AB
 
West Edmonton Mall Lower Level
8882 170th Street, #1410 Edmonton, AB
 
Mill Woods Town Centre
2331 66th Street Nw, Spc 334 Edmonton, AB
CONTACT DETAILSKingsway Garden Mall
Phone: (780) 477-3340
 
Westmount Shopping Center
Phone: (780) 455-0980
 
Southgate Shopping Centre
Phone: (780) 437-8886
 
West Edmonton Mall Upper Level
Phone: (780) 444-3370 Store Hours
 
West Edmonton Mall Lower Level
Phone: (780) 444-1110
 
Mill Woods Town Centre
Phone: (780) 450-3285
OPERATING HOURSKingsway Garden Mall
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
Westmount Shopping Center
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Southgate Shopping Centre
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
West Edmonton Mall Upper Level
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
West Edmonton Mall Lower Level
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
Mill Woods Town Centre
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

LensCrafters should be no stranger to any Canadian that has ever been inside a mall since this popular eyewear store has branches all over Canada. They offer a wide array of frames with over 28 designer brands for both men and women.

If you don’t want to splurge for a set of designer frames, Lenscrafters has its own line of prescription glasses priced at $119 with six different variants. While the designs are certainly eye-catching, the build quality leaves more to be desired.

Nevertheless, we like LensCrafters because they offer special blue light-treated lenses, which help reduce eye strain if you live an active digital lifestyle. They also carry the specialized Oakley Prizm Gaming Lenses which is made exclusively for e-sport athletes but is also suitable for digital nomads who are online 24/7.

LensCrafters line of Workspace Progressive lenses also offers a wider viewing area to help your eyes adapt quickly to changes in distances, offering a wider field of view. When wearing these, you no longer have to switch between reading glasses and your normal eyewear since it’s optimized to work up-close and about one meter away.

Granted, these specialized designer frames can cost an arm and a leg, which is why LensCrafters offers their own credit card brand that allows you to pay for your glasses in monthly payments of up to 1 year without interest!

No matter what payment method you choose, any purchase you make at Lenscrafters only offers a disappointing 30-day warranty. However, you’ll be entitled to unlimited free cleanings and adjustments for your glasses for a lifetime, which we feel makes up for it.

Pros

  • Offers wide selection to choose from
  • Free lifelong unlimited cleanings and adjustments

Cons

  • 1-month warranty only
  • Lenscrafter brand of frames has mediocre build quality

Customer Reviews

LensCrafters is no stranger to Edmontonians, and because Joel Greesnlade was familiar with the company, he went to them to have his lenses adjusted. He shares:

“Had to get my first pair of glasses after 20 years and it was quite an adjustment but they helped me find exactly what I was looking for. Super friendly would recommend”

Mary Ann Marpuri appreciated the helpful service at LensCrafters, as she says:

“The staff at Lenscrafters were so awesome. They were overall helpful, nice and informative. Extremely satisfied with their service.”

3.   The Observatory Optical

The Observatory Optical's Homepage
Source: The Observatory Optical
SERVICESAdjustments, Repairs, Customization
WEBSITEhttps://www.observatoryeyes.com/
ADDRESS10608 82 AVE NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 2A7
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 438-3448; (780) 438-3449
Fax: (780) 433-1726
Emali: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Wednesday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

The Observatory Optical was founded in 1988 by Jeri Ann Willis and John Black, both of whom aimed to provide Edmontonians with independent eyewear brands as an alternative option to the usual designer brands found on shelves.

We like The Observatory Optical because they feature luxury eyewear and sunglasses from global sources, featuring products with only the finest handmade craftsmanship and quality materials. Some of the brands they carry include Jacques Marie Mage, Kuboraum, Ahlem, Folc, Native Sons | sacai, Dita, Garret Leigh California Optical, and Mr. Leight, just to name a few.

Since we’re talking premium eyewear, you should expect to be whipping out your credit card instead of taking bills out of your wallet. However, that is the price to pay for unique eyewear you’ll be hard-pressed to see anyone else in Edmonton wearing.

While they don’t have an in-house optometrist or ophthalmologist, The Observatory Optical’s opticians are highly trained to adjust and fit your lenses. They’ll accept prescriptions from any third party and can even refer you to one if you need it.

Not only can they fit lenses in your frames of choice, but they can also make customized adjustments beyond a simple screw replacement. Whether it’s changing the colour, engraving your name, or changing the nose pad, the opticians can discuss with you the customizations you want to be done.

Pros

  • Specializes in carrying unique, independent eyewear brands
  • Can customize frames and lenses

Cons

  • Expensive luxury brands
  • No in-house optometrist and ophthalmologist

Customer Reviews

The Observatory Optical prides itself in its service and no-quit attitude when it comes to adjustments and customizations. Sage Mae Goonewardena, a customer, shares her experience:

“This place is outstanding. I loved the selection of frames, and found a pair that was quite different for me – thin wire frames. I’m used the chunky plastic frames. Once they came back the idex or the nosepiece or something was not what I was used to and I became ill wearing them. They immediately took them back, and replaced the lenses to accomodate what I had been used to. If you could believe it, although an improvement, I was still very nauseated wearing them after trying for two weeks. I was ready to just give them to a friend and I called them to see if there was anything else that could be done. I had purchased them months prior and didnt’ expect anything, but thought it was worth a try. To my amazement, they asked me to not give them away and to come in and let them try AGAIN! They replaced the lenses, and triple checked everyting to help my eyes adjust. I’m happy to say they no longer cause me any issue and I’m quite shocked at how much work and investement they put in to ensure these frames worked for me. An outstanding company. Can’t wait to select my next set of frames! Thank you so much!”

Jil Jorgensen is a regular customer, and she writes what she likes about The Observatory Optical:

“Bought all my glasses here since 2007 or so, quality and customer service is incomparable to anywhere else. Great brands of eyewear, excellent service for selecting frames, always a pleasure to be a customer at the Observatory.”

4.   Women With Vision Optometry

Women With Vision Optometry's Homepage
SERVICESEye Exams (Adult, Senior, Children, Diabetic), Contact Lens Exams, Contact Lens Fitting, Dry Eye Therapy, Myopia Control, Laser Eye Surgery Consultation, Digital Eye Strain, Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management, Emergency Eye Care, Frames & Lenses, Sunglasses
WEBSITEhttps://womenwithvisionopticians.com/
ADDRESS10515 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3B1
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 423-3937
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

What we like about Women With Vision is that you’re not just getting a pair of glasses to make your vision better. If you patronize this store, you’ll also get a style consultation on what frames will look best with your facial structure and overall aura.

With an in-house style consultant, a lifestyle profile is conducted to best determine what lenses and frames work best for you. After getting the necessary information, they’ll suggest which glasses will best accentuate your face and are best suited for your lifestyle.

We are big fans of their comprehensive eye exam services which provide consultations for myopia control, digital eye strain, eye disease diagnosis, emergency eye care, and even laser eye surgery consultation. They are also highly trained in examining pre-diabetic and diabetic patients’ eyesight.

They offer a wide range of global brands which include Iyoko Inyake, Hugo Boss, Ray-Ban, Pussy Galore, and Victoria Beckham, just to name a few. Whether it’s sunglasses, prescription eyeglasses, or contact lenses, Women With Vision has every corner covered.

While they lack an e-commerce option, their chic and modern brick-and-mortar location is well worth the visit, and you just may find yourself browsing their featured brands for hours on end.

Pros

  • In-house style consultant tailors frames to your lifestyle and face
  • Experienced optometrist offering comprehensive eye exams

Cons

  • No e-commerce store online
  • Eye exams require an appointment

Customer Reviews

Trevor Gilday, a customer, appreciated the personalized customer service he received at Women With Vision. He shares:

“This business is incredible. Super helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. The staff we encountered were warm, kind and incredibly helpful. They have a wide selection of stylish and unique frames to choose from. And the staff  realy helps you get frames that are perfect for your facial structure and preference. Highly recommended!!”

Katy Moore, another customer, also writes:

“This place is fantastic. It’s the only doctor’s visit in recent memory where I didn’t feel rushed; I had adequate time to feel like my concerns with my eye health were heard and I got the information I needed and appropriate recommendations. The optician staff were all amazing as well; super helpful in picking out new frames and being aware of my budget restrictions. So happy I’ve switched here!”

5.   BonLook

BonLook's Homepage
Source: BonLook
SERVICESPrescription Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, Thin Lens Technology
WEBSITEhttps://www.bonlook.ca/
ADDRESSKingsway Garden, Mall Northwest Unit 165, Edmonton, AB T5G 3A6
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (877) 755-6659
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

We’re big fans of BonLook because everything here is designed by their in-house team in Montreal, guaranteeing that every frame is uniquely Canadian-made.

What makes BonLook unique is its advanced lens technology that can create light and ultra-thin lenses despite having a higher grade index. It works by bending light more competently, thus needing less material to construct it, making it thinner and less of a burden on your face.

After receiving your prescription, they’ll recommend which lens is ideal for you which can either be Thin (+/- 3.00), Thinner (+/- 3.00 to +/-6.00), or Thinnest (+/- 6.00). The price range for these is from $60 to $200 respectively.

They can customize your prescription lenses with tint, gradient, blue light filters or make them photochromic or polarized. However, not every add-on can be applied and will depend on the lenses that you purchase. 

BonLook has also collaborated with certain personalities to create a custom-made designer collection. Some of these notable people include author-activist Liz Plank and actress Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse.

Now if you’re purchasing glasses for your kids, you can add a protection plan that allows you to replace the lenses at no extra cost if their prescription changes. This plan costs $49.95 and is valid for one year, although any product you purchase at BonLook comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty as well.

If you’re ordering online, any order above $80 is shipped for free and delivered with their BonLook’s own eco-friendly electric vehicle! You have 60-days to try out your new frames, and if you’re not satisfied, you can have them replaced.

Pros

  • Offers financing plans through Sezzle
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty for all purchases
  • Designed and made by Canadians

Cons

  • Protection plan for children’s specs come at extra cost
  • Most styles come in a single size only
  • Only one store in Edmonton

Customer Reviews

Shannon Graham happened to pass by BonLook out of chance, but once she did, she is now a self-professed lifetime customer. She shares:

“I have been looking for a new pair of glasses for a while now and was not having any success… until I went into Bonlook in Kingsway! Tianna took the time to understand what I was looking for and instantly found me the perfect pair. She was incredible and I’m so glad that I stopped in there. Highly recommend them for anyone looking for a new pair of glasses”

Emily Cruikshank also shares her thoughts:

“I had a wonderful experience getting a new pair of glasses at Bon Look a few weeks ago! All the staff were highly knowledgeable and friendly (special shout out to Tianna who helped me pick my glasses). I got a blue light filter on my lenses as I am working so much on the computer and video conferencing these days and it has been working really well. Plus I LOVE the frames, so fashionable but also affordable! Thanks so much to everyone at BonLook Kingsway!”

FAQs about the Best Eyewear Stores in Edmonton


This concludes our list of the best eyewear stores in Edmonton. We hope you were able to find a favorite store from this list for your brand new frames!

Did we miss a store you would like us to feature on this list? Kindly send us a message and we’ll make sure to check it out.

Don’t forget that not all eyewear stores can give you a proper eye exam. If you need to have your eyesight checked, you might want to check this list of the best optometrists in Edmonton.