Pearle Vision is one of several gems in the collection of eyewear stores held by Luxottica Retail, which also operates the LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut chains. Pearle Vision's retail outlets offer eye exams, glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and optical accessories. Its 840 locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean are split evenly between company-owned stores and franchises. (An unrelated company, Pearle Europe, uses the brand in other countries.) Pearle Vision was established by Dr. Stanley Pearle in 1961; Italy-based Luxottica Group acquired the company in 2004 in its purchase of Cole National.