Our Story

Rochester Optical was established in Rochester, New York in 1932. The owner, at the time, saw a growing need for protective tactical eyewear for the Armed Forces, aircraft pilots, and patrolmen. Later, Rochester Optical became one of the few military prescription glasses frame manufacturers in the country and supplied both the Army and the Air force with combat-ready ballistic eyewear for soldiers. After WWII, the tactical eyewear company expanded its services to include creating and selling prescription eyeglasses for the general public. Rochester Optical quickly became one of the best glasses frame and prescription eyeglass manufacturers in the area, producing many popular glasses frame styles of the time with polarized tints.

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In 1989, on the verge of hemorrhaging money, the eyeglass business was sold to Patrick Ho, making the sale final in 1990. Since then, Rochester Optical has added a large, full-functioning optical lab, maintained its retail eyeglass store locations, added a wholesale business line and stock lens facility, and created wearable device solutions using augmented reality technology.


Rochester Optical currently has between 120 and 200 full-time, part-time, and per diem staff members. We are poised to be an optical leader and innovator in the eyewear space, and we continue to expand in our departments throughout the east coast with our headquarters located in Rochester, NY. 

Whether you're looking for women's or men's prescription glasses frames, prescription athletic glasses, tactical eyewear, or a frame for your Google smart glasses, we've got it all right here at Rochester Optical. Stop by one of our locations today, or shop our glasses divisions to find your new eyeglasses! We look forward to being your prescription eyeglass provider.