248 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026(212) 666-3620
2303 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314(646) 462-3007
575 Burnside Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096(516) 239-8932

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Our History

Benjamin Optical, a second generation optical store, has been serving the Harlem community for over 60 years. Opened in 1950 by Irwin Benjamin, a World War II veteran optometrist, our store was created on the foundation of family, service and customer satisfaction.

Our Store

Benjamin Optical eye-care center is a state-of-the-art facility that covers all your vision needs, we are conveniently located in both New York and Staten Island. We bring you the latest in fashion eyewear and highest level of service. With our full time Optometrist and extended hours of operation, we are able to provide you with the care you need and deserve.

Our Services

From Comprehensive Eye Exams and Contact Lens Fittings to Glaucoma Screening and Advanced Diagnostic Testing, in addition to our latest technologically advanced lens options. You will find a full array of optical services all under one roof administered by our expert staff.

Welcome To Benjamin Optical

Welcome to Benjamin Optical, originally located in Harlem NY at 248 W. 116th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, now with an additional location in 2303 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island. Our first location served the Harlem community for over 65 years. Benjamin Optical is a family-owned business. What makes us unique is our caring and courteous staff, they will stop at nothing to give you unparalleled eye care. We offer quality health and vision solutions, the finest in designer eyewear and a large selection of contact lenses to suit your every need. Benjamin Optical accepts most vision plans and participates in many insurance plans and union benefits.  We also accept most major credit cards. You are cordially invited to come and visit us, have your eyes examined or browse our large selection of designer and affordable eyewear.  Stay tuned for our next Benjamin Optical location to be announced soon.

Whether you’re concerned about how you see or how you look, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Benjamin Optical.

Our Locations

We have locations in Harlem, Staten Island, and Long Island.


I would definitely recommend Benjamin Optical to any and all my friends, family. The service is great, and the prices are amazing. I paid about $180 for my eye exam and contacts. Try this place out, trust me you will not regret it. I will be a regular customer from now to forever. Thanks again Benjamin Optical, because of you and your staff I can see the world in HD.

Kevin L.
The best service I have received I will recommend to everyone I know have been in business with them for several years highly recommend.

Very convenient place to have your eyes checked since you can just walk in, put your name on the waiting list and one of the doctors will see you within the hour. Everyone who works there is friendly, patient and professional. They make all the lenses right on the premises so if anything is wrong with a Rx or a fitting, it can be corrected very quickly.

Alan H.