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Wilmer Optical

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Our certified opticians, optometrists and comprehensive ophthalmologists offer their on-site expertise with the quality you have come to expect from the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

At Wilmer Optical & Vision Center, we offer:

  • Eye examinations
  • Specialized care, including an ocularist
  • Hundreds of frames to choose from
  • Value to designer styles
  • State-of-the-art lenses
  • Competitive pricing
  • One-year eyewear warranty
  • Free adjustments and cleanings
  • Contact lens prescriptions and fittings, including specialized lenses

Lenses We Offer

With the rapid advancement of lens technologies over the past few years, we now have lenses that can help you see better than ever. With so many new choices, the selection process can be confusing. Let Wilmer Optical's expert staff help you determine what will works best for your eyes and your lifestyle.

You can also use your Flexible Spending dollars to make your eyewear more affordable! See optician for details.

    • Digital lenses are created in a unique way that allows for an extraordinary degree of precision. This new technology also allows for the creation of individually-customized lenses that provide the wearer with a wider field of view, improved contrast and the most accurate, clearest vision possible. This exciting new technology is available in single vision and progressive lens designs.
    • Single vision lenses are all-purpose and available in all materials. They can be used for either distance vision, intermediate vision or near vision correction.
    • Progressives (no line) correct distance vision, intermediate vision and near vision- all in one lens- while providing the most natural vision of any multi-focal lens. Progressives are available in all lens materials.
    • Bifocals provide both distance and near vision correction in one lens.
    • Trifocals correct distance vision, intermediate vision and near vision in one lens, but with visible lines.
    • Thinner, flatter lenses are recommended when a prescription is strong. Flatter lenses enhance lens appearance by reducing edge or center thickness. They are lighter-weight and can provide improved edge-to-edge visual clarity by utilizing an aspheric or atoric design.
    • Specialty lenses are recommended when certain work-related or recreational pursuits require use of glasses for the best visual protection and/or performance. Some examples include computer glasses, safety glasses and sports glasses.
    • Plastic lenses are the standard and can be tinted to almost any color and shade.
    • Thinner, lighter high-index lenses are available in several different degrees of thinness. High index lenses create a thinner profile for those with strong prescriptions. These lenses are more comfortable, more attractive and lighter in weight than standard plastic lenses.
    • Phoenix or polycarbonate lenses are recommended for  because they are lightweight, yet are the most impact-resistant lenses available. Phoenix lenses offer superior clarity and are lighter than polycarbonate lenses, and are suggested for everyday wear.
    • Photochromic lenses darken and lighten according to light exposure. If the wearer is in the sun, they get darker; if indoors, the lenses get clearer.
    • UV protection lenses do for your eyes what sunscreen does for your skin - it protects then from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Plastic lenses require UV coating, while UV protection is inherent in high-index and Phoenix lens materials.
    • Scratch-resistant coatings protect lenses from everyday wear and tear. Some materials, such as Phoenix lenses, high-index lenses and several new plastic lens types come standard with scratch protection
    • Anti-reflective treatment allows people to see your eyes rather than the glare from your glasses. An anti-reflective treatment allows you to look better and see better. By removing distracting reflections, A-R lenses are great for computer use and provide added safety for driving at night by reducing glare from headlights and street lights.
    • Polarized lenses are the top pick for eliminating glare. Hunters, boaters, anglers, golfers and drivers can all benefit from polarized lens’ glare-cutting properties. They also offer 100% UV protection while increasing visual clarity and depth perception. For driving or outdoor activities, no lenses are better.
    • Tinted lenses can be tinted from light to very dark. Tints for sun lenses are usually medium to dark shades, and can either be solid throughout the lens, or gradient tinted from darker to lighter (top to bottom) or clear at the bottom. Tints also come in a rainbow of customizable color options.
    • Mirrored lenses not only look cool, but also keep you cool! Mirrored coatings provide a reflective surface that shields the wearer's eyes from glare and heat. For the ultimate in sunglass performance, this coating is unbeatable.


To provide you the best service possible, please come in at least 30 minutes to one hour before closing time.

  • 600 N. Wolfe St.
    Maumenee Building Room 127
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • 6430 Rockledge Drive
    Suite 600
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • 620 Boulton Street
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    Phone410-893-1855, Option 6
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Medical Pavilion at Howard County
    10710 Charter Drive, Suite 150
    Columbia, MD 21044
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • 161 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 275
    Frederick MD 21702
    Phone: 301-620-1102
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • 10753 Falls Rd., Pavilion II, Suite 455
    Lutherville, MD 21093
    Phone: 410-583-2668
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • 1106 Annapolis Road, Suite 290
    Odenton, MD 21113
    Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri,: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • 4924 Campbell Blvd., Suite 100A
    White Marsh, MD 21236
    Phone: 443-442-2022
    Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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