With multiple degrees in the sciences and optometry, Dr. Judy Nguyen uses her wealth of optical expertise to outfit blurry-eyed customers with an array of designer specs. The family eye-care practice provides comprehensive eye exams and screenings and accepts 10 insurance providers, accommodating the peepers of young and old with fashion-forward adult frames by Ray-Ban and Versace and kids' styles by Disney and Sight for Students. Dr. Nguyen and her amiable staff help patients select the right styles of eyewear without being pushy or insulting their previous Krazy Straw frames.
Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Optical Works, Phoenix Optical, and Fine Arts Optical have manufactured frames by hand for more than 70 years, resulting in a cache of tens of thousands of contemporary styles as well as more than 3 million unused vintage frames. Artisans handcraft each pair of glasses in French or Italian factories using materials such as bamboo, buffalo and ram horn, traditional metal, and plastics to customize specs and keep up with current ocular trends. A prescription lab forges custom lenses that fit into frames, enhancing vision with polarized sunglasses, hidden bifocals, special coatings, and hard-to-fit prescriptions for nearsighted third eyes. Each store showcases around 3,000 different pairs of frames that both emulate the looks of celebrities and suit individuals’ styles.
Clear Optometry's vision amenders employ fashionable sight shields to armor weary eyes for visual voyages. Showcasing the latest eyewear, Clear Optometry boasts a selection of frames from high-end designers, such as Prada, Fendi, and Chanel ($120+), as well as durable S.V. lenses equipped with scratch and UV coating ($89+). A staff of amiable sight shamans and an experienced optometrist can field questions and make informed suggestions on which glasses will maximize a person's aesthetic while minimizing their risk of mistakenly holding the hand of a complete stranger in the supermarket.
Strolling into Burlingame Optical is more like the encountering the lobby of a five-star hotel than an eyewear shop. Yet, sure enough, frames by Chanel, Robert Marc, and Chrome Hearts—amid a sea of other designers—fill the shop’s elegant cherry cabinets just waiting to be tested. Eyewear specialists pace the marbled floor, guiding the nearsighted and farsighted to the perfect lenses, from single-vision to digital progressives. At an onsite lab, technicians perform finish grindings and fortify spectacles with anti-reflective coatings and miniature wiper blades.
Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.