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The McAllister brand is inspired by a true founder of American optometry, McAllister, who 225 years ago dared to see beyond the limits. Widely considered one of America’s first practicing optometrist, he left Scotland for America in 1775 to pursue opportunity and promise. An optician-innovator, in 1799 McAllister opened a shop in Philadelphia attracting a long list of visionaries of that time who recognized exceptional craftsmanship and appreciated the unrivaled clarity of John McAllister’s custom-made lenses and the elevated functionality of his unique frames.