About Us


Unique Optique’s style and presence was inspired by the Rose Curve and represents the fusion of nature, science and art. At Unique Optique, nature is represented by our pledge to approach prevention and treatment with holistic options first. Science is present in following the standard medical model of optometry and implementing the latest breakthrough research. Art is expressed through our desire to make all things beautiful from the fashion of the frames to the artistic design of the office.
Welcome to our vision!


Meet Dr. Maria


Dr. Maria Higgins grew up in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Millersville University and her doctorate at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University). Dr. Maria has been a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry since 1999. She was voted Young Optometrist of the Year for Western Pennsylvania in 2003 and for Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2001, Dr. Maria purchased a practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She owned this practice for 10 years and loved it, but eventually felt uninspired by the standard medical model.


Dr. Maria felt that she needed to start a new life phase and began her search for the perfect place to grow this practice. Frederick is a quirky city that is supportive of local business with an amazing walkable historic downtown. On her first visit, Dr. Maria was hooked. She sold everything in Pittsburgh and moved to Frederick to open the office that is now Unique Optique! Diving into Frederick life, Dr. Maria has become a Downtown Frederick Partnership Board member and was recently voted Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year for Frederick County.