Who we are

Established in 1900, Fritz & Hawley Guild Opticians prides itself on patient satisfaction. With a robust history, we have become a long-standing business within New Haven County, offering a wide variety of services and continued care that the whole family can enjoy.

Our services

Eye Exams

Our experienced optometrist can provide you with thorough eye evaluations, determine if you need corrective lenses and your precise prescription, resulting in a smooth experience.


We have a wide variety of frames to choose from. Our skilled Licensed Optician is more than happy to guide you through your selections and options to help you choose the most flattering pair of glasses!

Contact Lenses

Our contact lens services include, but are not limited to fittings, orders, trials and teaching patients new to contact lenses how to use them. The right contact lenses make all the difference.

Continued Care

Frame Warranty

If your frame happens to have a defect (rare, but possible) we will help facilitate your 1 year manufacturer's warranty if provided by the brand.

Complimentary Eyewear Adjustments & Repairs

Eyewear purchased at our location is covered (excluding parts required, if any), though we happily service frames purchased outside of Fritz & Hawley Guild Opticians.

Doctor Re-do

If your doctor changes your prescription within 90 days of Fritz & Hawley Guild Opticians receiving the script, we will do a one time remake of your lenses at no charge (excludes upgrades).

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What our Patients say


"Great shop. Nice selection of stylish frames priced from affordable to extravagant. Excellent customer service. Listens to the customer. New owner is renovating the shop and making some exciting changes to the shop's look."

"I dropped in to see what the frames were like and I'm seriously glad I did. The store has been updated drastically, it's much cleaner, the displays are nicer, and the manager/owner is incredibly knowledgeable. I love all the frames I tried on, they also carry a good array of safety glasses and sunglasses. I can't wait to get my new frames there, incredibly happy I found them."

"I have been coming here since I was little. The appointment process is extremely simple and everyone that works there are wholesome and helpful! Such a positive environment, wouldn't go anywhere else!"

"The people here are the most kind people on the planet. I went to get my eyes checked, and I was in and out with a prescription, new glasses and a big smile on my face."

"Dr. Sobel was great! He was very thorough in his eye exam. You can tell he loves what he does and cares about his patients. I would definitely recommend him."

"Just got my glasses today. Great workmanship & customer service. Manny is outstanding! He is exceptionally knowledgable , honest & courteous. This is my first time here & plan to come here each time I need a new pair of glasses. This is the place for quality & value!"

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Call (203) 248-8224 for details.


Our History

Our history runs deep. Connecticut’s first optical shop was started in 1855, by Paul Rossler, a German immigrant, who came to New Haven, CT. The shop was later purchased by Gustave Fritz and George Hawley in 1900, naming it The Fritz & Hawley Company. Passed down through the generations, Fritz & Hawley Guild Opticians has become a staple within the New Haven County community. Dedicated to servicing our patients, we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

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Fritz & Hawley Guild Opticians
2313 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 248-8224