Since 1950, the friendly and compassionate team at Benjamin Optical has served the men and women of greater New York City with exemplary optometric care and eyewear. After initially opening in Harlem, New York, Benjamin Optical expanded to other, modern, full-service offices in New York’s Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Inwood neighborhoods, developing strong ties to the local communities in each area.

Benjamin Optical offers affordable soft and hard contact lenses, as well as a variety of designer sunglasses and frames, including top brands like Versace®, Dior®, Tom Ford®, Gucci®, Ray-Ban®, and many more. No matter your budget, Benjamin Optical offers an enviable selection of fashionable frames.

The practice handles a vast array of eye health issues. Areas of specialty include dry-eye, infections, glaucoma, visual field testing, and corneal disorders. The expertly trained team also treats conditions arising from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Led by dedicated, empathetic optometrists Rachel Pollak, OD, David Smith, OD, Sheldon Retkinski, OD, and Frank Steiminger OD the dedicated team at Benjamin Optical provides the absolute best in optometric care and is proud to serve the Big Apple community.


Colorblind? We are proud to offer EnChroma lenses at our Harlem location.

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    "I had a great experience here. The staff was very polite and personable. The doctor was kind and efficient."

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    "Overall, I found the entire staff to be courteous and professional. I would absolutely recommend this place to my friends and family for their eye care needs."

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    "Very efficient from the check-in process to eyes test to measurement of classes. Every employee I came in contact with was professional and courteous."

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