The staff of medical professionals at Katzen Eye Group, which first opened its doors in 1968, brings blurry vision into focus at four locations in Baltimore, Abingdon, Lutherville, and Rosedale. Attentive physicians peer into peepers of all ages as they administer comprehensive exams, outfit patients with prescription glasses, and help prevent diseases such as glaucoma. Lasik surgery can correct one's distance vision. Cataract surgery, which replaces one's cloudy natural lens with a clear implantable lens is also performed at Katzen Eye Group. Additionally, a staff of aesthetic professionals beautify bodies through services including skincare and cosmetic laser treatments, which can eliminate wrinkles around the eyes more effectively than staring at a jar of cold cream.
Peering through the cogs and lenses that compose the opticians' equipment, patients at New Visions Optical know they're in good hands. Indeed, the office is staffed by team members with more than 60 years of combined experience. In their office––marked by sandy colors, sleek tiling, and soothing music––these clinicians guide visitors as they peruse frames, await an exam, and transform contact lenses into custom hamster hats.
The eye experts at Precision Vision?including licensed optometrist Dr. Selvin Gnanakkan and second-generation optometrist Dr. Anthony Glasser?provide a range of services using the latest optical technology. Since the 1980s, the team has performed procedures ranging from routine exams and screenings for glaucoma or cataracts to LASIK surgery. Staffers help patrons choose from a large selection of designer frames, from playful, contemporary specs to more conservative looks worthy of gracing the face of The Thinker.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
An extension of Sterling Optical's nationwide empire of visionary clinics, the Hylan Boulevard location offers eye exams, designer frames, and prescription sunglasses under the direction of optician Renata Nannetti. Her thorough exams result in precise prescriptions, allowing lenses to be ground and fitted into designer frames from the likes of Prada, Bulgari, and Fendi. Contact-lens exams, meanwhile, measure sight spheres for a comfortable contact fit, and include a follow-up appointment to ensure visual acuity and to coach superheroes to quickly change out of the glasses of their alter egos.