Our response to the Caronavirus Emergency

Since we supply eyeglasses and contact lenses, which are classified as medical devices, we are open on a limited basis, and may reduce hours. We will limit the number of people in store to one (or two if they come together).

We are available for eyeglass repairs and replacement, and contact lens supply replenishment. We also have Smart Exam which uses telemedicine to renew contact lens prescriptions and prescribe eyeglasses.

If you run out of contact lenses, or have eyeglasses in genuine need of repair or replacement, call the store. Leave a message if nobody answers. We'll make arrangements for you to replenish your contact lenses or repair or replace your eyeglasses.

Our contact lens and stock eyeglass lens distributors are still taking orders and shipping. Some of the custom lens laboratories we use are still open so we can get progressive lenses as well.

Contact lens prescriptions can be renewed via Smart Exam which uses telemedicine to have a remote ophthalmologist write the prescription renewal. Eyeglass prescriptions can be provided using the same system. We will not be able to do any new contact lens fittings.

We will be operating on reduced hours, and we intend to maintain social distancing, so be sure to call ahead to find a time when we can see you.

Please call ahead to arrange a time that we can accommodate you.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Simko

Nicole Miller Eyewear


Nicole Miller Eyewear Logo

The Nicole Miller line of eyewear has a distinctive style that combines elegant with an ultra modern retro edge.

Nicole Miller Eyeglass Frames 2

The Sunwear selection is even more fun:

Read more: Nicole Miller Eyewear


NRG eyewear is contemporary and sporty. Perfect for young people.

NRG Sporty Eyeglass Frames

The rest of the line is contemporary but more traditional:

Read more: NRG

Contact Lens Rx Renewal

We Can Renew Your Contact Lens Prescription For Online Ordering

We understand that many of you prefer to get your contact lenses from online sources.

In New York, contact lens prescriptions expire after 1 year. Online contact lens suppliers will direct you to get an updated Rx if their records show your prescription is older than one year.

Contact Lens on fingertip

For those that are satisfied with their current contact lens prescription, this requirement can seem like a major inconvenience.

We offer contact lens Rx renewal at convenient times for those that are having no discomfort issues with their current contact lenses. A Smart Exam with our SVOne takes only a few minutes and will do a refraction to see if you need any change in prescription for clear vision. The remote Ophthalmologist will then email a copy of your updated RX to you.

Contact Lens Rx Renewal with the SVOne Smart Exam

The Smart Exam requires a photo of the packages of your existing contact lenses, so be sure to bring along the contact lens packages from your current lenses. 

The SVOne Smart Exam is only available during times when we don't have an optometrist on premises. Please call to find out the best time to come in for a contact lens Rx update through Smart Exam


We are grateful to our patients that leave reviews of our store, and very proud of the reviews they have written.

It is gratifying to deliver such good service that someone is willing to go out of their way to leave a nice review. Thank you to all that have left reviews, and also to all that have come into our store, either to buy eye glasses and contact lenses, or even just for a simple adjustment or repair.

Sites where you can read or leave reviews of Covert Optical (formerly Howard Beach Vision Care):




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How Eyeglass Lenses Are Made

Most eyeglass lenses are custom made in high tech labs using computer controlled equipment.

One of the labs we order lenses from has put up a series of videos on you tube. These are short videos that briefly show the equipment at work and give a general idea of where your lenses are made. These are not detailed 'How It's Made' episodes.

Enjoy a glimpse of how your prescription gets put on a lens, the modern way!





Eyewear Brands

Frame Brands

We carry frame styles that match the local culture. Styles are carefully selected for quality, design, comfort, and value. We avoid the brands by the dominant monopolistic conglomerates. We feel that they don't offer good value for the price, and their offerings have become comoditized and common.

We try to offer stylish quality frames at a reasonable price.

  • Coco Song
  • La Matta
  • LeGres
  • Cinzia
  • Cote d' Azur
  • Alan J (American Made)
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Scott Harris
  • Cafe Lunettes
  • Cafe Boutique
  • Nicole Miller
  • Cadillac
  • OWP
  • NRG
  • TLG
  • Wildflower
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Metropolitan
  • Charmant
  • Line Art
  • Club Level Design
  • Sperry
  • Steve Madden
  • Eyecroxx
  • Champion
  • OP
  • Esquire
  • Marie Claire
  • Port Royale
  • Nautica
  • Callaway
  • Ferragama
  • Modz
  • G-Star
  • A.Max
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Valerie Spencer
  • Vivid
  • Modz Kids
  • Enhance
  • Jubilee
  • Durango

Lens Brands:

The lens labs we order from have dozens of lens designs available. These are some of the more recognizable brands we commonly use:

  • Varilux
  • Shamir
  • IOT
  • Transitions
  • Vantage
  • Polaroid
  • Crizal
  • Essilor

Contact Lenses

  • Alcon
  • Cooper Vision
  • Acuvue
  • Bausch & Lomb

About Us

We Make Quality A Priority.

Covert Optical is dedicated to providing quality eyewear and service at reasonable prices.

We use quality lenses and frames. We wear what we sell. We sell what we believe in.


We know that the best lens is not the most expensive one. The best lens is the one that fits your needs. We operate on that premise.

We have a wide selection of frames to suit the tastes of the Covert Ave. area. Elegant, dresswear, sporty, studious, dignified, and knockabouts. We try to cover most of the bases.

Covert Optical was formerly Howard Beach Vision Care. We moved here from the Lindenwood section of Howard Beach in October of 2018. Our neighbor in the shopping plaza wanted to expand, and it was a perfect opportunity to get out of our lease and move to Floral Park. We got more room and a nicer store with better street visibility.

We are grateful that many of our patients from Lindenwood come to see us here in Floral Park. We know it is a long drive. We're touched that they value our service so highly that they make that drive.

About Howard Beach Vision Care:


Mark Simko purchased Howard Beach Vision Care in May 2017, from Dr. Marc Mishan OD who ran it as a private practice for 31 years. Dr. Mishan and his wife Dr. Susan Mishan OD retired at that time.

Greg Petrozelli, the optician, stayed on after Dr. Mishan retired. Greg has served the Howard Beach community for 17 years, and is delighted to be able to continue on.

During our first week under new ownership, dozens of people stopped in to tell us how glad they were that Howard Beach Vision Care has found a new owner and is staying open. They were especially delighted to see that Greg is still here to help them. It is obvious that Greg is well loved in this neighborhood, a testament to his exceptional skills and pleasant demeanor.

We made changes to the shop:

  • Upgrade the quality of frames we carry
  • Update the styles to reflect new fashion trends
  • Price reduction to make eyewear more affordable

A note about that last commitment - we did NOT becoming a discount eyewear outlet. Discount eyewear stores sell cheap goods that don't serve the wearer well. They don't fit well, fall out of adjustment, and look cheaply made, especially to the discerning eye.

As we compete with the expensive high end optical shops, and the cheap Wobbly Barker online optical stores, we've decided to take the middle road. We offer what we consider to be the best value. Good looking quality eyewear at reasonable prices.