4500 N. Oracle Road, No. 127, 293-6800; 5870 E Broadway Blvd., No. 436, 748-0320
In this hot, dry, dusty place, only fools wear contact lenses. Optical Image is Tucson's source for unique stylish eyeglass frames. In addition to status designer logo (Chanel anyone?) eyewear, Optical Image stocks great designs from lesser-known European and Japanese companies that focus on style and quality. The selection ranges from glittery Hollywood rhinestone extravagances to cool minimalist frames that will make you look like a French existentialist. You'll pay more here than you will at Buy-One-Get-Two-Free, but the quality is outstanding, and for something that presents your face to the world every day of your life, it's worth it.