How to Open an Eyeglass Store

Eyeglasses are worn for corrective, protective and aesthetic reasons. For all three, eyewear is definitely a consumer item.

If you are an eye professional or simply someone with a love for fashionable eyewear, this is a business you can start. Here are some ideas on what types of eyewear shop to open.

eyeglass store

Eyeglasses are worn for a variety of reasons. Many people wear eyeglasses for corrective reasons. Some suffer from myopia others from far-sightedness. Others wear them as protection from the damaging heat of the sun and from activities that pose risk to the eyes. Still others wear eyeglasses for fashion and in case of known personas, to create a distinctive look and personality. Many follow suit, making wearing fashion sunglasses popular nowadays.
If you are planning to start a business in line with eyewear, there are several points from where you can start.

General Eyewear Retail Store

One, if you are purely a business person and not an eye professional – like an optometrist, optician or ophthalmologist -- you can become a retailer of fashion eyeglasses and replica glasses. Many eyeglass manufacturers work directly with retailers, giving them wholesale prices that make profits in this line of business easy. Often, the retail cost is less than 25% making returns on investment high. However, this kind of startup will require a certain capital outlay for inventories. A pair of eyeglasses costs from $10 to around $100 (for branded ones).

Corrective Eyeglasses Store

If you are an optometrist, optician or ophthalmologist, then you can open a clinic that not only sells fashion eyewear but also corrective glasses. This requires even more investment. If the first case requires only a location, some glass shelves, display rack, computer and cash register, this type of business requires in addition, vision testing machine and equipment to fit lenses on frames.

Eyewear Fashion Designer

Another idea is to create your own line of eyewear. Yes, this is not impossible as certain eye manufacturers offer contract manufacturing. It means you don’t have to build your very own eyewear manufacturing facility. You can create a line of designs and have them made by a contract manufacturer.

The type of eyewear business you can pursue will also depend on your location and the market in it. If you live in a place where your market is wide, then you can have a shop that offers all kinds of glasses – from those that have specific functions and those that are for adornment only. You can stock your shop with eyeglasses of different styles and of wide-ranging prices. But if you are in a big city where competition is high, it would be best if you specialize on

one kind – say custom-made glasses. That is, if you have the resources and talent for this kind of eyewear business.

Once you have chosen the type of business structure to pursue, the next step is to find a location, secure business permits, start a marketing campaign and prepare for your grand opening.

58 Comments

  • ike said on September 15, 2010
    i am thinking about starting an eyeglasses store in tillsonburg ontario canada, and i just have a couple of questions: does one have to have an optometrist working at the location? do you think it is a good idea to open one and sell glasses from zenni optical and goggles 4 u? if so, what price do you think i should sell them for? does one have to have a license to sell glasses?
  • artem said on December 15, 2010
    hi my name artem i am from canada, ontario, toronto, and i would like open my own business, optical eyeglasses shop, i need more info, and also help u advise please thanks
  • Ramesh Dadhwal said on March 13, 2011
    I have a small stationery shop at my village and there is no eye glasses shop but I quite unknown about this. Kindly guide me accordingly. What are pre-requirements for this. All about I want to know. Thanks You very much. My location is V.P.O - Dholbaha, Hoshiarpur (Punjab) India.
  • Ignatius serrao said on May 8, 2011
    I am thinking of opening an eyeglasses store in mumbai, Maharashtra. I have few knowledge of it. What will be the actual cost to open a new shop and how do we apply for license. Can someone in this field can help me out and advice me Thanks.
  • jamser khan said on July 1, 2011
    hello everybody my self j.khan i m optometrist from india i m looking for job in canada in optical as an optometrist if u have space for me plz give me chance than we can work to together i have 7 yrs experience in my field thanx my e id-jamser@rediffmail.com (m)919624535853
  • mustafa said on August 10, 2011
    hi i want to start optician shop(both fashionable and corrective)in mumbai i have a shop but do not have optometrist certificate i am a bcom graduate please advice
  • Chelladurai said on August 19, 2011
    Hi i am from Tamil nadu and i want open one small optical shop in my own town. Kindly advice what are things required and how much cost will required to finish the shop.(indian rupees). Anticipation your reply thru my mail. Thanks, Chella.
  • ASIF SAIFAN said on October 31, 2011
    sir i want to open counter at eye hospital at canada i am optometrist my shop is from lat 20 years having experience 25 years my age is know 46yrs i am maharashtra city solapur my cell no is 09370423849 please say budget and i have experience of spectacle and eye testing thank u reply soon
  • Princess Dennis said on November 1, 2011
    Hello, I am looking to create my own designer frames and sell them in my store. Do I need an optometrist to do this?
  • Baljinder kaur dhami said on November 15, 2011
    hello i want information about eye glass store how get store licenses.
  • juwaria said on January 24, 2012
    I am optician .I want to open or buy running location for optical business.Or even willing to join optometrist pls call 647-990-0376 Thanks
  • HANIF HINGORA said on February 8, 2012
    I am optician. i want to open optical shop in gant road mumbai.
  • C said on March 17, 2012
    what are the necessary steps to start at at-home sunglass business?
  • cissy suh said on May 14, 2012
    I have a eyeglasses shop in south korea. I have now move to california and wondering is possible to open up a business with hired opticient? how difficult it is to open up the business and need to know is license required from state of california?
  • Zafar said on May 23, 2012
    Hi there, I live in Brampton and intend to open eyeglasses shop in near about areas, I dont have any past experience. Please advise if it is feasible for me to start this business without any optician, in Brampton. Best regards, Zafar
  • Bita said on June 7, 2012
    hi my name Bita I am from canada, ontario, toronto, currently I own a health clinic and i had a plan to add eyeglass/sunglasses to existing services. I need more info, do i need any specific license or where i can get good quality frames in wholesale? Thanks
  • Jacky said on June 16, 2012
    hi, i'm Jacky from Hong Kong, i have my own eyewear factory, i can make glasses and sunglasses and do wholesales, can contact me or share experience, my email is purdy_2@hotmail.com, thanks
  • TARIQ MAHMOOD said on September 26, 2012
    I want to establish optical store in Mississauga or Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Please advise me whether I require a optical course and license. The name and location of college/institute from where optical course can be done, may please also be advised. Thank you
  • Khan said on December 6, 2012
    Which retail POS software would be suitable for eyeglasses store? I have heard about trademeters.com and intuit quickbooks POS. which one is better for eyeglasses store? Suggestions?
  • mickey said on January 1, 2013
    hello my name is mickey. i have a degree of optometrist .ok. i have optical shop last 25 yrs. and next shop is opened again optical shop. so all people are going there...and he is used chip and chines qua.so what i do? the people is happy. and they have no idea. but they have no degree and no experience...and what is the rule of optical shop? they sell to any thing..it is possible...all people are open the optical shop...they have no rules..nothing else..i am ur reply..
  • sandra said on January 13, 2013
    I would like to know where can you take an optical course in india to be an optician and how long it takes? Thanks
  • Bakhtiar Qadir said on February 22, 2013
    Hi I am a Canadian Citizen, working as an Ophthalmologist in Pakistan, but i am not a certified Opthalmologist in Canada. I have a good experience to do Refraction & prescribe Contact lenses. Now i want to Start my own Optician Shop in Ontario Province. What requirements i need to meet before opening that shop?
  • R L SETHIA said on May 6, 2013
    WANT TO OPEN OPTICAL STORE IN INDIA .
  • Abbas said on May 29, 2013
    i want to establish optical store in Mississauga, Toronto or Brampton, Ontario, Canada. i am not an optician or optometrist or opthmologist. Please advise me whether I require an optical course and license. The name and location of college/institute from where optical course can be done, and how much is the initial cost involved in starting this kind of business just a rough estimate . i am leaving my email. Thank you
  • nilesh hodarkar said on May 31, 2013
    i want to know how can i get distributorship/agency of selling opthalmic frames in sindhudurg region of maharashtra and in goa.
  • jinnr said on June 3, 2013
    etobicoke ,ontario , canada. i want to start optical store please advise if i need an optical course and license.
  • lauren lord said on August 23, 2013
    in the state of California will I need an optician license to open an optical shop if there wont be any OD involved in the shop
  • Yogesh said on October 29, 2013
    Hi , i want to open my own optical shop. I'm an optometrist, so pls guidance me. as above
  • Veronica said on November 21, 2013
    Hi, I am an Optician in California and I want to open my own Corrective eyewear store. Can you please advise me in what permits and licenses I would need to get started.
  • Sam said on December 23, 2013
    Hi I want to start an optician store in Canada and India. I am a science graduate from India. Where can I get some optician training/course in India or Canada to get some knowledge as an optician. Thanks
  • Khaled zia khan said on February 13, 2014
    I want to open an optical shop in New Delhi , India. Kindly advice the requirement of documents and total cost of opening an optical shop in New Delhi , India. Also , required machinery for corrective eyeglasses. Regards, Khaled
  • dr smita sane said on March 10, 2014
    i want to start optical shop at agra .kindly guide me about the investment. if i want to start franchise of optical shop then how contact different companies? regards dr smita sane
  • Manak Patidar said on March 23, 2014
    Hii, I m from indore, I want to open optical shop for both corrective n fashionable , but I does not have optometrist certificate. But I m biomedical engg. Plz suggest on it . Can I take any certificate course in it from india.
  • Ramesh T said on April 7, 2014
    Sir, I am very much interested in eye glass store in Mumbai & Sangli my home town, I would like to get more details about this business like scope, set up required and qualification etc. please mail me in details about this on my mail ID. Regards, Ramesh T
  • Ramesh T said on April 7, 2014
    Sir, Thanks for help, but i need more details about vision testing machine and equipment to fit lenses on frames, capital and scope of business.
  • abhishek rana said on April 27, 2014
    sir i am a graduate with b.a i want to open an eyeglass store(corrective and fashionable) i dont have any certificate in optometrist certificate but i want to open it. please suggest me regarding certificate license etc..
  • Rakesh Varma said on August 21, 2014
    I want to know from where can I learn optometry in mumbai
  • Ganesh Navani said on September 11, 2014
    Dear sir/madam, I am from India, I am keen to open an eyeglass store(corrective and fashionable) please let me know about the investment needed for the same as well as related qualification, certificate license and legal issue. thanks & regards
  • Ms. James said on November 10, 2014
    Hello, i would like to open my small optical store (corrective & fashionable)in South Sudan and i am seeking for an optometrist who would work in the store. Salary shall be negotiated. plz contact +211956826146
  • kirpal arora said on November 14, 2014
    I want to start an EYE optical DISPENSING store in brampton Ontario.HOW TO GET A LICENSE FROM CITY ?I HAVE A LICENSED OPTICIAN WITH ME.
  • kirpal arora said on November 14, 2014
    OPTICAL STORE IN 8452 CHINGUACOUSY RETAIL PLAZA. HOW TO OBTAIN A BUSINESS LICENSE FROM CITY ?
  • shaik Akbar said on December 16, 2014
    Àskm. I want open a optical store with small investment and I am a optician. Please suggest.
  • Al said on December 25, 2014
    Had several friend of mine is soliciting me to buy into his optometrist store he has 2 open now and he is asking me to buy into his second store. Do I have to be a doctor to own it what are my benefits of this he says I can have my name in the business papers but not the licenses is that correct he has shown me he has 2 other partners already so is that the case these stores are located in Arcadia and West Covina california. I need advice before I enter a business
  • Mohammad Maniruzzaman said on January 1, 2015
    Hai, I want to know how to start spectacle showroom (both power and fashion) in Canada, Saudi Arabia. What are the necessary steps to create this business in Canada and Saudi Arabia. What types of qualification needs to start this business.Pls inform me....
  • ALI HUSSAIN said on March 23, 2015
    hi, I am an Optician and a Certified Optometrist from Mumbai, India, i do Wholesale & Exports of Optical Frames, Ophthalmic Lenses, and Contact Lenses around the globe at competitive prices anyone interested kindly contact me at aliseyecare. regards, Ali Hussain
  • Berwal said on March 29, 2015
    I am having a commercial shop of size 20*27 feet. I want to start Optical shop. Can you advise me how to start
  • Danielle Carter said on April 14, 2015
    Hi, I am an Optometric Assistant and I'm extremely interested in opening my own corrective eyeglasses/contact lenses store in Lafayette, LA. I have my NCLE and I'm planning on taking the ABO in November. What requirements do I need to start my own business? Do I need to be an Optometrist? Can I except the prescription form their prescribing Optometrist and sale eyewear? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Danielle
  • yatinder narang said on May 19, 2015
    I want to open optical shop {eyes} in Delhi 110007 India
  • ashish chakravorty said on August 20, 2015
    Hi this is ashish from Mumbai ( India) , I want to open my Optical shops. Please guide me on various requirement for developing infra and statutory if any including Optometric Person if required. Also what would be the investment.
  • Veronica Winter said on September 5, 2015
    Please give me an estimated start up cost and equipment needed to start an eye glass business
  • Rajan said on November 2, 2015
    Hi there is no optical store in Manali.Dist.Kullu.Himachal pradesh. Besides a large local population it has huge tourist inflow. An optical shop has a huge business scope as there shall be no competition. I am a retired medical doctor and own a suitable shop for such business at a prime location in Manali. Any one who is qualified in this field can contact me on 09418550085.
  • SshardeyD said on November 11, 2015
    Hi, I'm from Lagos, Nigeria. I want to start my own eye wear brand designed by me and I'm looking for advice on it, like where it's made, what is needed in making sunglasses, how they're made, the marketing strategies,distribution, how the market is like because currently I have no idea in this business in my country. I'll appreciate if you can give me the details on how to go about it. Thanks and awaiting your swift response.
  • Sachin Raikar said on January 18, 2016
    Hi myself Sachin from Virar, Maharashtra INDIA and keen to open in an optical retail business and would like in to know for finance for optical products necessities to start in the venture.
  • Alok Jain said on February 17, 2016
    I am interested in opening such store in the New Delhi / NCR region. Will someone be able to guide me? I can be reached at +91 99109 66991
  • kedar shikhwal said on April 5, 2016
    Hi myself kedar shikhwal ajitgarh distt sikar rajasthan INDIA and keen to open in an optical retail business and would like in to know for finance for optical products necessities to start in the venture.
  • Jitendra Ingle said on July 31, 2016
    Hi, I am Jitendra Ingle from Indore, India. I have profound knowledge of optical retail industry and www.specsdeal.in is my an online optical store is running, but i want start chain stores in india. So please give me suggestions and ideas or call me for partnership. Jitendra Ingle, Email: jitendrakingale@gmail.com
  • Yasser said on February 20, 2017
    Hi. My father is an ophthalmologist and i am a businessman now looking to start up the eyeglasses business. I am interested in both the number glasses and sun glasses. Can anyone advice me on the legalities and the steps to start up this business in Pakistan.
  • nimesh prajapati said on June 3, 2017
    Hi , my name self Nimesh from lunavada ,guj. open new optical shop in my cities, so please, help guideline.

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