Highline Vision Center clears vision with a litany of prescription lenses and accents faces with a collection of designer frames. Trade glasses prescriptions for a proper pair of lenses, such as single-vision ($95+), bifocals ($125+), and basic and advanced progressive lenses ($230+), whose seamless transitions disguise multiprescription construction with the discreet appearance of single-vision lenses and attached false mustaches. Clients can contain sight correctors with frames from an extensive catalog of designer labels, including Michael Kors ($129+), Diane von Fürstenberg ($219+), and Vera Wang ($189+).
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Britany Gomez and her team of stylists and aestheticians have a handle on hair—but not just the hair on the head. The staff also attends to eyelashes with thick, full extensions and rids skin of unwanted hair with waxing services. Alongside a full lineup of keratin treatments, corrective color services, and cuts, the team bestows full days of me time with organic facial peels and makeup applications.
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.
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.
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.