Optometrist Dr. Alan L. Hymowitz has aided eyes all over the world. In Laos, Cambodia, Bolivia, and his current home of Atlanta, he has performed volunteer eye care for those in need, making him the first optometrist to receive the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Beacon of Hope award for humanitarian work in 2010.
At Eye Haven, Dr. Hymowitz and his colleague, Dr. Rikti Patel, collaborate to provide comprehensive eye care to the rest of the public. The bilingual duo, who speak both English and Spanish, doles out prescriptions and checks eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and other common diseases. Their team can pair picks from a wide selection of frames—which encompasses designs by Judith Lieber, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci—with a similarly wide selection of lenses. Their polarizing lenses cut down on glare, for example, whereas their high-index lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional lenses, rendering them ideal for shaving off seconds from the footrace section of the SATs.
Dr. M. Farooq Ashraf mastered the excimer laser as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he now wields the ultramodern tool as he adds to his career tally of more than 35,000 LASIK procedures. As founder and medical director of Atlanta Vision Institute, he draws upon his skills as a board-certified ophthalmologist to correct nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision with refractive surgery. In addition to giving the gift of sight, Dr. Ashraf gives back to the community by supporting local charities and providing discounted services to financially strapped Cyclopes.
The owner of Atlanta Eye Shop prides herself on the individualized service and friendly atmosphere afforded by her well-trained, affable staff. Throughout the day, staffers can be found helping patrons choose a flattering set of frames from display cases brimming with designer eyewear from a carefully-curated assortment of brands. An in-house optometrist is available to remedy medical eye issues and test peepers’ capabilities via eye exams and timed Waldo-spotting tests.
Frames, crafted with care by designers such as Oliver Peoples and Chanel, decorate the wood-backed shelves of Reflections Eyecare. The artistry doesn't end there, though. The boutique's optometrists give equal attention to the appearance of lenses, using in-house technologies to make them noticeably thin. To uncover prescriptions, Drs. Schultz and Cohen perform vision exams, using digital means to explore the different layers of the eye and communicate with the computer servers within.
Ansley Eye Care’s trained eyebrarians pair customers with designer eyewear and sunglasses to suit both bookish looks and Dewey Decimal System–rejecting lifestyles. Designer frames provide couture window-boxes to the soul, with names such as Gucci, Prada, and Marc Jacobs parading over ears and nose bridges like supermodels stranded on a head-shaped planet ($95+). Kate Spade and Banana Republic frames equip eyes with chic peeps, and Ray-Ban’s and Roberto Cavalli’s signature styles help wearers to communicate a devil-may-care attitude toward pillow tags and junk mail. Ansley Eye Care also offers durable plastic prescription lenses, ensuring that customers will be able to admire their reflections with the utmost clarity ($99+).
Husband and wife team Andy and Gazal Tabrizipour started Atlanta Vision Optical because of dissatisfaction with the low-quality lenses they’d found elsewhere. “When typical one-hour shops make lenses,” explains Andy, “they add the non-scratch coating afterward, which tends to peel and come off.” Rather than adding the coatings onto the surface of the lens, Atlanta Vision’s own private lab custom crafts each lens with the coating blended into the material itself. The scratch-resistant properties then become part of the lens.
Inside the boutique, guests meander among shelves of frames from brands including Hugo Boss, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Sama. Soothing music and aquamarine walls give one the feeling of having wandered into a spa or the relaxing room that scientists have to keep Mothra in. Mahogany-trimmed furniture cradles patrons, who sip coffee or tea or chat with opticians and specialists about frame design. The team is trained in-house, and their style-savvy eyes can also select frames befitting each individual’s facial shape or proclivity to whip off sunglasses and shoot a suave glance straight into the nearest camera.