Traditional eye exams require doctors to merely look at the front of the eye to determine eye health and prescription changes. Optomap retinal imaging technology actually allows doctors to examine internal structures at the back of the eye, which can help them diagnose everything from age-related macular degeneration to high blood pressure.
At Steer Optical, which is affiliated with LensCrafters, Dr. Hugh Steer and fellow optometrist Dr. Joshua Yoo rely on optomap imaging to help determine eye health. After conducting a thorough exam, they write lens prescriptions for glasses and contacts. They also can determine a patient's candidacy for LASIK surgery, which can permanently correct some vision issues and help patients see how late they are immediately upon waking.
People might not think of surgery as a creative field, but Dr. Ravi Dahiya disagrees. In fact, it?s the creative challenges of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery that the board-certified doctor loves so much about his job. Inside his practice at Potomac Facial Plastic Surgery, he applies this problem-solving spirit to the task of making clients look years younger, sometimes recommending face-lifts or eyebrow lifts, and sometimes injections of Radiesse or Juv?derm. He also restores youth by removing dead skin cells via microdermabrasion or chemical peels by Glytone. Dr. Dahiya fills bald spots with hair transplants or makes the whole body essentially one giant bald spot with laser hair-removal treatments.
Among the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the country, Dr. Nancy Tanchel has cleared fuzzy vision during more than 20,000 LASIK procedures. During each of these procedures, she uses femtosecond laser technology to create a smooth, precise corneal flap before reshaping the eye's surface to correct for nearsightedness, granting most patients with improved vision by the next day. Besides her specialty, Dr. Tanchel also offers PRK procedures, computer-based wavefront analysis for diagnosis and treatment, and laser light shows for those who ask really nicely.
The optometrists at Visual Health Doctors of Optometry tap into stored expertise during comprehensive exams assisted by a high-tech computer and a wisecracking flashlight at Visual Health's three Virginia locations. After emerging from exams clutching accurate eye prescriptions, customers peruse the showroom with the help of multilingual staff members, who show off designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ted Baker, and Calvin Klein. After selecting frames, technicians in the onsite lab craft standard, Crizal, or Varilux premium lenses, a Visual Health Doctors of Optometry speciality, or place orders for contacts.
If you're willing to let someone operate on your eyes with a laser, what's the one thing they better have? Steady hands are important, sure, but how about experience? All told, The LASIK Vision Institute's doctors have performed more than 950,000 eye surgeries at 46 locations nationwide. Across its network, the company has independent veteran surgeons who are all LASIK experts.
Technology has played a major role in LVI’s success, as well. Each location relies on FDA-approved laser technology that results in minimal discomfort and short recovery times, in addition to helping many patients see 20/20 or better.
Dr. William L. Gonzalez and his son Dr. Mark Gonzalez helm Capital Eye Physicians & Surgeons, an ophthalmology practice where they correct vision, clear cataracts, and tame a variety of eye diseases. The elder Dr. Gonzalez brings decades of medical experience to his practice, has lectured around the world, and has trained gaggles of other doctors in eye-surgery techniques. To join his father's professional ranks, Dr. Mark Gonzalez completed his residency at the prestigious Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center, and he brings skills he learned there to his refractive surgeries. Both clinic locations also boast a full-service eyeglasses boutique, where patients can choose from basic and designer frames, order contact lenses, or play frisbee with the latest monocles.:m]]