September 28, Sponsored Story
The free and open-to-the-public celebration is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 30, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and will include light refreshments, music, special discounts and free raffles and children’s vision screenings.
“We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones,” said owner Christa Cavallaro, who has been a practicing optometrist in Sunnyside and Woodside since 1998.
Christa and her full time store manager Maria Collora had both worked at a nearby Pearle Vision before opening the independent practice on Skillman Avenue this summer.
Deborah McGowan, an interior designer and co-founder of the Sunnyside Woodside Middle School Project, helped design the office for Christa, giving it a friendly, boutique look in the front, with examination rooms in the back.
C Clearly accepts a broad range of insurances, including VSP, Davis Vision, Cigna Vision, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Oxford, United Healthcare, Medicare and many union plans including 32BJ and Uniformed Firefighter’s Association.
Collora, who is often the first person people see when they walk through the doors, said she enjoys showing new customers C Cleary’s wide selection of eyewear which now includes brands such as Ray Ban, Tom Ford, Cole Haan, Guess, bebe, Kenneth Cole, Anne Klein and more.
“We also carry both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses,” Collora added.
Cavallaro, aware that many people spend extended periods staring into electronic screens, has begun carrying “blue light” blocking spectacle lenses and anti-reflective coating for eyeglasses which helps against the extra exposure to light radiation from computers, cell phones and high definition televisions.
This phenomenon, along with other changes in how sight can be affected by every day activities, is a reason why Cavallaro believes both children and adults need to have an annual eye exam.
“Some people haven’t seen an eye doctor since they were in grade school, and a lot has changed since then in regards to how we use and care for our vision,” Cavallaro explained.
Her hopes with the grand opening is not just to celebrate with new and old patients alike, but to meet new people who may not have seen an optometrist for some time.
“We’re very inviting here, currently seeing patients 5 and up, so we hope to get a fun and diverse crowd,” she said. “We wouldn’t have made it this far without our wonderful, supportive patients, so we hope this can be an opportunity to thank them all as well.”
Regular hours of operation are:
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm