Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Optical Masters prides itself on speedy one-hour visits that outfit patients with fresh eyewear. If there's anything that can slow the process, it's the time spent browsing through a selection of more than 4,000 frames and sunglasses from designer brands. In addition to fitting eyes with everything from single-vision to bifocal to sports lenses, the staff equips glasses with anti-reflective coating to create clearer views and UV coating to prevent pupils from tanning.
International Optique's showroom hosts a colorful congress of designer frames and custom lenses. Backed by the company's 35 years of experience in optical reinterpretation, knowledgeable staff members decipher prescriptions, distinguish between cerulean and azure crayons, and differentiate lens types to help clients decode their needs, whether for single vision ($120+), bifocal ($160+), or progressive lenses ($300+). The mirrored boutique glimmers with frames for bright sunlight and regular wear, with chic frames from Alain Mikli, Theo, and Channel resting alongside sun-shielding wares from brands such as Judith Leiber, Maui Jim, and Ray-Ban. Although technicians edge most lenses in-house, turn-around time varies from one to two weeks depending upon the complexity of each prescription and the location of the client's third eye. The resident optometrist is available to inspect baby blues, greens, and browns during on-site eye exams six days a week.
During your chosen exam, one of Peeper's experienced ocular doctors will peer deep into your eyes for minutes at a time. For a basic eye exam, the doctor will check your general eye health, screen for any diseases, and discern your current prescription needs using modern diagnostic equipment and a series of giant letter E's. If you opt for the more comprehensive contact lens exam, your eyeballs will also be meticulously evaluated to ensure a proper peeper-covering fit. Contact lens exams include two follow-up appointments if needed, both of which must be scheduled within 60 days of your first visit.
If board-certified eye surgeon Dr. Paul Cutarelli kept a physical tally of all the LASIK and PRK procedures he has performed, he would probably be nearing the end of a comically lengthy scroll. That’s because he’s been at the helm of more than 60,000 of these procedures, which are designed to sharpen vision in minutes with the help of a precise laser and wavefront computer technology that determines exactly where to shape the cornea. This former resident of the world-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital pairs his most repeated procedure with a handful of other vision-correcting services. He can trade a scarred cornea for a new one and remove blurring cataracts. He can also insert a lens behind the iris to crystallize vision, an alternative for patients who can’t get LASIK or who refuse to hang magnifying glasses from each eyebrow.
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.