A North Carolina Optometry Legacy: Rosenstein Vision Center

Rosenstein Vision Center is proud to say that our eye care services center has been truly family-owned and operated in Durham, NC since its origin in 1904 — our family heritage is what sets us apart.

The Rosenstein family has been in North Carolina optometry for more than 100 years — when Dr. Aaron Rosenstein’s great grandfather opened the practice in 1904. Since then, four Rosensteins have served in the optometric practice in the Raleigh-Durham area.

The Rosensteins are active and proud members of:

  • North Carolina State Optometric Society
  • North Carolina Board of Optometry
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association

Our History

In 1904, Dr. Nathan Rosenstein left New York to practice in Durham, NC, where he was issued the fourth license to practice optometry in the state. Dr. Rosenstein served as the president of both the North Carolina State Optometric Society and the Southern Council of Optometrists for the ten southeastern states. His office was located at 213 West Main Street in Durham.

Dr. Abraham Rosenstein graduated from Trinity College, now Duke University, in 1921 and Columbia University’s School of Optometry in 1923 before joining his father’s practice that same year. Dr. Rosenstein held the 90th license to practice optometry issued by the State of North Carolina. He practiced with his father at 213 West Main Street before they moved to the new office at 323 West Main Street.

After attending UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Robert N. Rosenstein graduated from the New England College of Optometry in Boston and in 1974, became the third Rosenstein to practice optometry in Durham, holding License #888 in North Carolina. Dr. Rosenstein has served for 20 years as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry, American Academy of Optometry admission committee and the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE). In June 2002, Dr. Rosenstein received the John D. Constabile Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina State Optometric Society, and in 2013 received the John D Robinson award for “Clinical Excellence.”

Dr. Aaron Rosenstein graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2006 and the University of Houston College of Optometry with a Doctorate of Optometry in 2011. He holds the 2248th license to practice optometry in North Carolina. By joining Rosenstein Vision Center, he has become the fourth generation of Rosenstein to provide eye care to Durham and its surrounding areas.

Rosenstein Vision Center remained at 323 West Main Street for approximately 50 years before moving to 2901 North Duke Street in July 1978. This office was renovated in 1994, doubling its space; in 2006-2007, it underwent extensive renovations, which brought it to its current configuration.

Rosenstein Vision Center is a family-owned and operated eye care center located in Durham, NC, serving patients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex and the surrounding areas. Rosenstein Vision Center offers eye care services including eye exams, glasses fittings, stylish frame options, eye care for kids, contact lenses, LASIK consultations, as well as treating diseases such as Glaucoma, Kerataconus, and Diabetes.