Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Clear Optometry's vision amenders employ fashionable sight shields to armor weary eyes for visual voyages. Showcasing the latest eyewear, Clear Optometry boasts a selection of frames from high-end designers, such as Prada, Fendi, and Chanel ($120+), as well as durable S.V. lenses equipped with scratch and UV coating ($89+). A staff of amiable sight shamans and an experienced optometrist can field questions and make informed suggestions on which glasses will maximize a person's aesthetic while minimizing their risk of mistakenly holding the hand of a complete stranger in the supermarket.
Strolling into Burlingame Optical is more like the encountering the lobby of a five-star hotel than an eyewear shop. Yet, sure enough, frames by Chanel, Robert Marc, and Chrome Hearts—amid a sea of other designers—fill the shop’s elegant cherry cabinets just waiting to be tested. Eyewear specialists pace the marbled floor, guiding the nearsighted and farsighted to the perfect lenses, from single-vision to digital progressives. At an onsite lab, technicians perform finish grindings and fortify spectacles with anti-reflective coatings and miniature wiper blades.
Licensed optometrists and Bay Area natives Drs. Adrienne Lee, Pearl Yee, and Noelle Sung draw from a wealth of personal and professional experiences—from Dr. Lee’s exemplary violin performance with her chamber group to Dr. Yee’s six years as an officer in the Navy’s optometry corps—to restore the sight of patients. Throughout the high-end boutique, a bounty of stylish frames from Japan, the United States, and Europe grace the walls, tempting eyeballs with the retro-chic of Entourage of 7 eyewear or the futuristic floating lenses of ultralight Avantek titanium pieces. High-tech treatments, such as corneal-refractive therapy and LASIK eye surgery allow patients to eschew glasses and witness the glories of nature unfiltered and unblurred, from the stunning majesty of a cloud-crowned mountain vista to the upfront banality of a road sign.
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 one million eye surgeries at 57 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.
With multiple degrees in the sciences and optometry, Dr. Judy Nguyen uses her wealth of optical expertise to outfit blurry-eyed customers with an array of designer specs. The family eye-care practice provides comprehensive eye exams and screenings and accepts 10 insurance providers, accommodating the peepers of young and old with fashion-forward adult frames by Ray-Ban and Versace and kids' styles by Disney and Sight for Students. Dr. Nguyen and her amiable staff help patients select the right styles of eyewear without being pushy or insulting their previous Krazy Straw frames.