Optician Bradley Sauceda employs his 25 years of eye-examining experience to astutely assess optical health, educate clients, and recommend solutions. During the no-dilation refraction exam, eyes expose their problems, inner secrets and childhood crushes while strolling a gauntlet of simple tests and examinations. A series of procedures—such as muscle, cover, and manifest-refraction tests—gauge your peepers' performance and ideal prescription, with pupils able to flaunt their particular optical reactions to light.
Austinites are known for their eclectic, innovative fashion, which doesn’t just stop at shirts, shoes and pants. Optique Eyewear, located in the heart of downtown on 4th and Nueces Street, offers an extensive selection of several hundred designer frames. Here, you’ll have access to many of today's most fashionable brands and designers, including Paul Smith, Tom Ford, and Ray-Ban. The sleek eco-friendly and entirely paper-free office also features a full optometry practice, with experienced staff and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to ensure their customers see well and look better, as their motto says. With a focus on customer service and unique, stylish frames, the staff at Optique Eyewear can help anyone find the perfect pair of frames to enhance and complement their look.
Barton Creek Farmers Market's array of fresh, organic produce, grass-fed meats, and handmade crafts from local artisans helped to earn it recognition from The Austin Chronicle, which awarded it Best Farmers Market in 2007, 2008, and 2010 readers polls. Weekly live music tickles shoppers' cochleae as musicians roam the open-air market every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Snackers can pair an organic Hill Country cupcake ($2.50 each) with sips of organic, low-temperature pasteurized milk, which comes from cows fed grass instead of insincere compliments ($7). Sprays of fresh, seasonal tomatoes, pumpkins, and okra adorn tables and help to power up visitors for browsing handcrafted jewelry, apparel, and soaps with antioxidant-infused kombucha ($3). Guests can purchase an original masterpiece from a local artist or commission a portrait that ages every time someone references Oscar Wilde.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
Meals from My Fit Foods normally average $7 a meal per person (price will fluctuate according to portion size). Men, women, intelligence-augmented apes, and athletes can all conquer hunger with meals available in three portion sizes. The knowledgeable and friendly employees at My Fit Foods are happy to help you choose a size based on your lifestyle and health goals as if you were Goldilocks breaking into someone's home.
Innovative Eyecare's full-service optometry boutique inspects eyes and outfits peepers with designer eyewear and contact lenses. Before clients select a stylish lens corrector, an experienced optometrist thoroughly examines their eyes during a 30-minute appointment aimed at determining prescription and assessing the health and Morse code blinking speed of the optic nerve (a $99 value). Next, a spectacle stylist can help outfit blinkers with chic frames from designers including Prada, Versace, Ray-Ban, Calvin Klein, and more ($160–$600). A variety of contact lenses are also available for discreet vision correcting or reading covert assignments written exclusively in size 3 font ($19.75–$86.50/box).