America's Finest: Eye Impact


WEBSITE: | OWNERS:  Dr. Gary Nguyen | OPENED : 2011 | AREA: 1,500 square feet | EMPLOYEES: 3 | TOP BRANDS: Tom Ford, Tom Davies Bespoke, Gold & Wood, Balenciaga, Robert Marc, Super | FACEBOOK:

Lots of businesses claim to be environmentally friendly. Eye Impact does it better than most. Yes, it’s a paperless office that carries several lines of eco-friendly eyewear. But owner Dr. Gary Nguyen even lives in the super-efficient building, commuting downstairs to work. Eye Impact also stands out for its selection and its dedication to personalization for frames and lenses. “We really try to be the Nordstrom’s of eyewear service,” Nguyen says. “From the look of the office to the latest exam technology, everything is tailored to make the entire process easy, comfortable and fun.” — Julie Fanselow

5 cool things

1 “My philosophy is that we are an eyewear atelier. We are able to customize the experience from start to finish,” Nguyen says.

2 The personal approach extends to lenses, with recent investments in Visioffice to tailor lenses for every patient and an in-house edger to cut turnaround time.

“Green” building features include bamboo cabinetry and recycled quartz countertops. Eye Impact plans to add solar panels to its roof. 

Chloe, Nguyen’s  rescue dog, welcomes patients and visitors.  She once recognized a former dog foster parent who came in for an exam -- and proceeded to give him an especially happy greeting.  

5 Eye Impact is in Houston’s highest-density neighborhood, amid many other locally owned businesses including several popular restaurants. “We have high visibility on a busy thoroughfare since it’s a tall white modern stucco structure pushed up close to the street,” says Nguyen. “We’re very hard to miss.”

Our Judges Say

Cozy, homey and inviting environment. Feel it through the pictures. Ready to spend my money there now. — Howard Purcell

Love the furniture and design! Signage is minimal but high impact. — Rebecca Johnson


1st Place Eyes on Fremont / 2nd Place Silver Lining Opticians / 3rd Place Modern Eye

Fine-alists Eye Gallery / Eye Impact / Georgetown Optician / Look + See Eye Care / Modern Eyes / Providence Optical / Sight Optical

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