Local optometrist Dr Lauren Agnew bought the 20-year-old Eye Wares clinic and optical shop two weeks before Covid-19 shut down optometry practices across the country in March 2020.
Despite the rocky start, she opens her third workout on Friday June 3 in the newly constructed building on the site of the former Shell station at Magazine and State streets. After multiple delays due to Covid and Hurricane Ida, the official public opening is scheduled for Friday.
The 6001 Magazine Commercial Building also houses a Starbucks, Club Pilates, and Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery. With Eye Wares, the building will be fully occupied.
With clinics and outlets in Old Metairie and Mandeville, Agnew’s Eye Wares practice has grown rapidly since opening the first location in March 2020. Its optical store has been granted exclusive rights in Louisiana to offer many luxury eyewear lines, such as Cartier and Gucci. Eye Wares also includes the first dry eye treatment center in the New Orleans area.
Agnew hired local interior designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio Designs to design an upscale optical boutique with a luxurious, clinically pristine atmosphere that blends contemporary and traditional architectural elements.
“The Eye Wares magazine location is our vision for a transformative eyewear boutique experience,” Agnew said in a press release. “From the moment customers walk through the door for new frames, sunglasses, an eye exam or dry eye treatment, they’ll feel like they’ve stepped into another world. I’ve hand-assembled some of my favorite lines that I think represent the artistic, diverse, and breathtaking aesthetic of the Uptown area.
Dry eye syndrome, a condition that affects approximately 16 million Americans, can appear at any age and with many health conditions. Prescription eye drops or ointments may provide temporary relief.
For chronic dry eyes, Eye Wares is equipped with a Morpheus 8 microneedling and radiofrequency treatment and an intense pulsed light therapy treatment. Originally designed to treat skin conditions and wrinkles, the treatment options are both FDA-approved as a safe and effective way to get long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms without downtime.
Eye Wares optometrists also use Optomap retinal imaging in their exams to perform a comprehensive vision assessment without dilating the patient’s eyes.