Our History

Our History


Rochester Optical was established in Rochester, New York in 1932. The owner 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.

In 1989, the eyeglass business was sold to Patrick Ho. Since then, Rochester Optical has maintained its retail eyeglasses store and has also added a full-service optical lab, wholesale eyeglasses line, and wholesale stock lenses facility. Rochester Optical has also created wearable device solutions to make using VR with glasses easy and comfortable.

Rochester Optical currently has between 120 and 200 full-time, part-time, and contract staff members. We are poised to be an optical leader and innovator in the eyewear space, and we continue to expand our departments along the East Coast with our headquarters located in Rochester, New York.

Whether you’re looking for an optometrist in Rochester, new eyeglasses, wholesale eyewear, solutions for using VR with glasses, or a full-service optical lab, we’ve got it all right here at Rochester Optical. Stop by our Lyell retail location, or browse our optical divisions to learn more about our professional and specialty offerings. We look forward to being your comprehensive optical care center and lens lab.