The Snyder Optical Advantage

Our knowledge and experience enable us to satisfy the most complex prescriptions, creating a comfortable and fashionable pair of eyeglasses for any need. We are always focused on the latest technological advances in optics, and can access almost any lens made in the world today.

We have earned the trust and respect of many area ophthalmologists and optometrists by providing their patients with accurate, quality eyewear and personalized service. Our mantra: “Perfect Fit – Prescriptions That Are Right-On – We’re At Your Service.”

Snyder Opticians was originally founded in 1937 by my grandfather, Charles Snyder, who owned a pharmacy in West Philadelphia at 52nd and Jefferson Sts. since about 1920. My father, Dr. Elmer Snyder, joined the business in 1946 upon his graduation from the Philadelphia School of Optometry. While operating primarily as wholesale laboratory fabricating eyewear for various eye doctors in the city, Snyder Optical began serving the general public with eye exams and eyewear in 1946 on 10th Street near Walnut. In 1974 we moved to our current location on 17th Street near Rittenhouse Square and our business became 99% a retail operation. I came aboard full time in 1977, having learned the business under my father’s tutelage and from days of playing in the old lab as a child, truly starting from the ground up. From 1979 until my father’s retirement in 1991, we also had an optical shop in Wynnewood, PA. That location was closed upon his retirement and my full attention returned our Center City store. My wife, Kristi, and I are currently celebrating our 80th year of serving the metro Philadelphia area.

– Gary Snyder