Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they?re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers? Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
The opticians and eyewear experts at Rick Hall Eyewear draw on more than 25 years of experience matching customers with their potential vision-correcting mates. They factor in a variety of lifestyle variants, including computer habits, jobs, sports, and hobbies, when selecting glasses for each client. They carry frames from designers such as Ray-Ban and Liz Claiborne and a full range of prescription lenses. They customize the fit for each person, and teach them how to use and care for their new glasses.
For many people with conditions such as corneal scarring, keratoconus, and corneal grafts, contact lenses are not the most practical vision solution. But Dr. Paul D. Hayes has made solving these difficult cases his specialty. Dr. Hayes has spent a large part of his 30+ year career doing research and design on new lenses and lecturing throughout the country on this very topic. With this expertise, he's been able to fit lenses for many patients who traditionally wouldn't be good candidates.
Dr. Hayes's service menu includes other innovative techniques and products, including Paragon CRT, contacts designed to improve vision by gradually reshaping the cornea while the client sleeps.
At Advanced Optometry Center, Dr. Dennis Garcia and his staff handle everything from routine eye exams to emergency care. Dr. Garcia's specialties, however, include working with kids, treating ocular diseases, and fitting eyes with specialty and hard-to-fit contact lenses. In addition to vision-improving services, Advanced Optometry Center features a collection of stylish frames taken straight off the faces of designers like Kate Spade, Tom Ford, and Harley Davidson.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Annual eye exams and contacts exams
Brands Used: Ray Ban, Coach, Seventeen, Nicole Miller, Columbia, Scott Harris, Eddie Bauer, Ernest Hemingway
Pro Tip: Please call to make appointments.