What Are You Wearing?: Dean Optical, Chicago, Illinois

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Dennis DeLee, OD

Dennis has been working in the optical industry for 46 years. He developed an interest in the industry during his first summer home from college, when he used hard contact lenses and had to visit his OD every day.

He owns about 15 pairs of glasses.

FRAMES / Seraphin Monteclair in Crystal and Tortoise from O.G.I.
LENSES / Transitions Xtra Active Varilux X design and Sapphire AR

“I see well. These are a very comfy, small frame that I get many compliments on.”






Shawn Oliver, Lab Technician

Shawn has been working in the industry for over 10 years, after a friend who worked at LensCrafters got him a job.

He owns three pairs of glasses and six pairs of sunglasses.

FRAMES / Tom Ford 5479-B
LENSES / CO52 Blue filter lenses with AR

“The lenses really do help with fatigue as I don’t wear an Rx. I find they make me more refreshed at the end of the day.”






Thomas A. Green, Optician

Thomas has been working in the optical industry for 41 years. He started out in the industry because his girlfriend was in optometry school.

Thomas owns five pairs of glasses.

FRAMES / LaScala 467 Chili Red
LENSES / Unity Mobile

“I really like this color.”






Karen DeLee, Marketing and Social Media

Karen has been working in the optical industry for 15 years. When her husband bought this practice, she used her marketing, design and PR background to promote and design the practice, which is in a historical building.

She owns two pairs of glasses, but wears contacts, and at least eight pairs of sunglasses.

FRAMES / Marchon Chloe Rose Gold CE142S/Beveled edges sunglasses

“Because I wear contacts all the time, I have always loved sunglasses that are cool designs and statement pieces. Luckily, I can try on pairs at work so I have many sunglasses and always get compliments on them. With these Chloe’s, I love the shape, the color and the size. They are chic, feminine and happy glasses to wear.”