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Owner and founder of Hughes Opticians, Thomas "Papa" Hughes is at the office less frequently now-a-days. Even so, he is still a NYS board certified optician and contact lens dispenser in good standing with NYSSO. Bringing a sense of humor to the office, Tom Sr. always has a way of making patients smile while being able to assess and resolve the most challenging optometric cases.




A graduate in ophthalmic dispensing from Mater Dei College, Tom Hughes Jr. is a NYS licensed optician and contact lens dispenser. His goal is to make everyone's visit to Hughes Opticians more of an experience than just an appointment. Constantly re-investing into the office, Tom Jr. wants to deliver the latest technology in everything from the most exclusive eyeglass designer lines to cutting edge in-house lab equipment. Always seeking the latest technology, Hughes Jr. assures each customer of the boutique only the highest quality products and services. With his laid back attitude and unique problem-solving skills there is rarely a situation he can't find a solution. Tom Hughes Jr. believes one visit to Hughes Opticians and you will be a life-long customer.




A graduate in ophthalmic dispensing from Mater Dei College, Michele Hughes-Whelan is a certified optician in the state of New York. She helped open the store as part of the Hughes Team in 1987. With more than 25 years experience in the field, Mechele is an expert frame stylist and contact lens instructor. Her unique and eccentric style is sought out by customers that have been coming to her for years.




A graduate in fashion merchandising, Jackie Livingston studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY Oneonta and completed her studies abroad in London. She is the Marketing and Merchandising Manager at Hughes Opticians, handling the bulk of eyewear-buying for the store. She also acts as an expert frame stylist to customers who need assistance. With an eye for fashion forecasting, she utilizes her close relationship with brand representatives to remain ahead of the next trends in fashionable eyewear.




A more recent addition to the Hughes Team, Aubrey Jeune is a familiar face in town. She has an unmistakable personality; many customers praise her warm smile and friendly nature. The first face you see upon entry, and most-likely the first voice you hear when calling, Aubrey is the Front Desk Manager at Hughes Opticians. She is well-versed in most insurance plans and would be happy to help any customer verify their eligibility for exams and eyewear.






Since the birth of Tom Hughes Jr and Christine's daughter, Haley, Christine has dedicated her time to staying home.  She is an expert at managing her time, allowing her to help with outside sales and assisting our team with social media.  Although she is no longer physically at the office every day, Christine is still a very relevant part of the business.





The on-site optometrist at Hughes Opticians, Dr. Kerry Harbeck has been with the practice for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Harbeck conducts eye exams four days a week at the office. Patients often remark that his eye exams are very informative, giving them an understandable explanation of their diagnosis and care plan. His comforting laugh and smile puts patients at ease during their eye examination.





Since joining the Hughes Opticians team in 2014, Cassandra has been the acting in-house lens technician.  She is highly organized with a meticulous eye for detail.  Cassie will make sure your glasses are accurate and inspected closely upon completion.  Our own in-house edging system allows her to monitor each process from start to finish.  With her unique flair for fashion, Cassie adds a new dimension to Hughes Opticians.



Mackenzie joined Team Hughes in July 2015 and has added a new dimension to the office.  With her fiery personality and a very versatile work ethic, Kenzie wants to do it all... and does.  From greeting you with a smile, to assisting you in picking out the perfect frame, she always makes the entire experience enjoyable!

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