About Us

Company Profile

Founded in 1947, we are still operated by the same family.

Did you know that in Maryland, as well as half the other states, a person does not have to be licensed or credentialed in any way to fill prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses? (However, in order to cut someone’s hair or fingernails, a license IS required.)

Though not required, our Opticians are certified by the American Board of Opticianry, and average 20 years of experience which is a tremendous advantage to our customers.


We can often mend your broken frames, or we will try to track down parts for them. If all else fails, we’ll try to find a similarly shaped frame into which your existing lenses will fit.

Not all eyeglasses are the same. As always, there are frames and lenses on the market at very low prices, and eyeglasses that resemble the real thing. Your wearing comfort and your visual comfort will soon tell you the mistake you’ve made. This is not an area where you want to economize.

Some of our frames are made from incredibly light, yet strong materials. We carry styles that are contemporary, sporty, have an air of elegance, and others that virtually disappear on your face. You would have to see some of them to believe it.

Let us make the perfect fit for you!

All Opticians Are Not The Same

For optical care with a “visible difference”, see below where we tell you why you can trust Bowers & Snyder Opticians with your eyewear prescriptions. The advantages should be clear.


With more than 60 years in the optical field, we have earned a solid reputation for our high standards and accuracy in the filling of prescriptions.


We’re price conscious too. Compare our prices with other area opticians. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!


Most prescriptions can be ready in 2-3 days. Many of today’s advanced eyewear products require more time to prepare but are worth waiting for. You may be amazed at the variety of technical innovations we can provide. (Rush orders are available.)

Professional Staff:

At Bowers & Snyder, our certified dispensing opticians average more than 20 years of professional experience. Our product knowledge ensures that you’ll receive the optimum in lens design and coating tailored to your individual needs.

Our Promise to You

At a time when there might be confusion over so called “Discount Glasses” we feel it is in your best interest to know that Bowers & Snyder gives you the best professional skill, and uses the finest materials available. We will not compromise our high standards by offering lower quality bargains when it comes to your eyesight. In the long run, the highest quality care may keep your eyes from “paying the price”, and….we just wanted you to know.

An Eye For Fashion:

Glasses are now seen as fashion accessories in their own right, and Bowers & Snyder has one of the largest selections of frame styles in our geographical area. From a simple frame, to designer styles, to the classics, we can help you choose the look that is right for any facet of your life!

Contact Lens Specialists:

Our staff is skilled in fitting you with the latest problem-solving products. You can actually test-wear many of these lenses.  Call: 410-494-1281 to ask for an appointment with one of our technicians.

Emergency Service:

Available when needed, Bowers & Snyder’s emergency service offers immediate repairs or replacements.

Convenient Locations:

With office locations in Towson, Timonium, GBMC, Cross Keys, and Essex, there is probably a Bowers & Snyder location close to where you live or work.

Charitable Works:

We believe in sharing our success by giving back to the community. Over the years we have supported numerous non-profit organizations and community groups. Eye Care for the Homeless is a special focus for us.

Contact Information:

For store hours and phone numbers, please refer to the store locations page.


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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule



10:00 am-6:00 pm


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10:00 am-6:00 pm


10:00 am-6:00 pm


9:00 am-1:00 pm