Our Story


Bernard Shear Opticians the destination for all your eye care needs.

Harvey & Eileen Sheer

Harvey & Eileen Shear 


In 1938, a young man and immigrant from Lithuania founded Monumental Optical in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.  His name was Samuel Shear.  Samuel became successfull after peddling eyeglass lenses up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States.  He married Goldie and had an only child named Bernard.  In 1957, Bernard opened his own store in Pimlico, Maryland and it was named Bernard Shear Opticians.  After his untimely death at age 46, his son Harvey took over the reins of the business and moved to a new location in 1968 on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, Maryland.  Since then Harvey and his wife Eileen have traveled the world networking to find new vendors and bringing back extrordinary eyewear.  Fourth generation Dr. Melissa Shear joined the family business in 2006 to make Bernard Shear Opticians the destination for all your eye care needs.

Dr. Melissa Shear, O.D.

Dr. Melissa Shear, O.D.


Dr. Melissa B. Shear represents four generations in the eye care profession.   Dr. Shear graduated Magna Cum Laude from The George Washington University in 1997.  She received her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the SUNY State College of Optometry in 2002.  She then completed a residency in ocular disease and refractive and ocular surgery at OMNI Eye Specialist in Baltimore in 2003.  In 2007, after gaining additional experience in family eye care, Dr. Shear became the first optometrist to join Bernard Shear Opticians.  She specializes in primary eye care and contact lenses.

Andrea Rickell

Andrea Rickell

Lab Manager

Andrea joined Bernard Shear Opticians in April of 2004, adding 11 years of experience as a Master Optician/lab manager to our team. She continues to provide our customers with excellent service and technical ability.

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Amanda Hellman


Amanda is an optician at Bernard Shear Opticians, where she enjoys finding the frame you will love with honesty and personalized customer service.  Also armed with knowledge on the latest lens options, Amanda was trained by Master Optician Harvey Shear himself, starting in 2011. She was recruited for her excellent customer service and eye for detail.  Amanda is a proud Mom who takes pride in her work.