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.
Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center's specialists demonstrate a skill and efficacy that earned their work a nod from Goldline Research which named the center one of the country's leading LASIK providers for three years in a row. People and cyclopes from all across the nation come for treatment from proficient doctors and certified surgeons, who use FDA-approved Allegretto Wavelight lasers to correct vision. Before the procedure, patients must undergo a complimentary consultation to determine their candidacy and favorite tunes to blast on the stereo during the procedure. During the blade-free procedure, a certified surgeon reshapes the cornea to match the patient's specific prescription. Patients can expect to return to their normal tasks the day after the procedure and swing by the center a week later for a brief post-op checkup and eye-strengthening Magic Eye book. Click here for additional FAQs, medical disclosures, and candid photographs of Cyclops at the laundromat.
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.
Rows of fashionable frames are visible from the wide sidewalks outside EastSide Optical's sleek storefront. Inside, opticians test customers' vision and help select glasses. Bifocal lenses fill frames in the show room, and progressive lenses darken when the wearer steps into the sun or into a room full of cool fighter pilots. In addition to these services, partner office Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center uses new technology to determine LASIK eligibility and to take measurements for custom all-laser treatments.
From the stone water fountain out front to the turquoise wall and starburst-like lighting fixture behind the reception desk, Westlake Eyecare looks more like a spa than an eye doctor's office. Guests sip a complimentary cup of coffee or bottle of water as they browse the store's handpicked selection of designer frames and admire the shimmering micro-tile accents that cascade from white to a deep sea-green color.
However, licensed therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist Dr. Katie Kaufman is concerned with more than just beautiful appearances. She helps take care of eye health with services such as preoperative evaluations for LASIK surgery and retinal exams. Dr. Kaufman uses the Optomap device during these exams, carefully scanning the back of the eye and looking for signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, or permanent imprints of decades-old solar eclipses.