SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
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.
ClearVision Optometry's optometrists and opticians have built their practice on continuing feedback from clients. They've loaded their gallery of frames with autoflex metals and colorful plastics from names such as Versace, Coach, and Tres Jolie. To fully accommodate clients, the opticians can cut and seat lenses in-house.
During eye exams, computerized equipment precisely measures how well patients can see or roll their eyes at bad jokes. Automatic refractors measure current prescriptions, and retinal photography creates digital records of the eyes to compare with future images.
Staffed by a team of nine eye doctors and surgeons, Tidewater Eye Center has racked up recognition in three categories from HamptonRoads.com's Best of Hampton Roads, including Best Health Care Provider and Best Place for Laser Vision Correction. Patients can receive a variety of optometry services at each of the clinic’s three locations, including basic eye exams; treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration; and even aesthetic procedures, including eyelid surgery. Yet, the center’s most popular treatment is blade-free LASIK eye surgery, which eliminates the need for lenses and soda-bottle monocles in as little as 15 minutes.
Foot traffic and trophies reinforce Beach Eye Care?s reputation as one of Virginia Beach?s premiere health care centers. It has treated more than 120,000 patients to date and cleaned up the Virginian-Pilot?s Best of Virginia Beach awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013, winning Best Doctor/Health Care Provider, Best Place for Laser Vision Correction, Best Place for Eye Care, and Best Designer Eyewear.
Responsible for this success is a staff of two doctors of optometry and three medical doctors, including board-certified ophthalmologists and LASIK surgeons Vivek K. Jain, MD, and G. Peyton Neatrour, MD, who alone has performed more than 25,000 LASIK surgeries. Together, they help to correct ocular issues during a range of medical treatments and vision-correction services. Their toolbox of advanced technology includes intraocular lenses and LenSx lasers for treating cataracts, Crizal anti-reflective lenses to pair with their selection of designer eyewear, bladeless IntraLase technology to guide their LASIK surgeries, and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation lasers for treating certain types of glaucoma and signing their names in certain near-Earth asteroids.
Dr. Ron Frenkel began his studies at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to his native Connecticut to obtain an MD, and eventually moving to Virginia to found AAPECS Eye Care with the desire for pursuing the latest technologies in vision restoration. Dr. Frenkel draws from a strong family tradition of eye care, filling the shoes of his father, also an ophthalmologist, but shunning traditional treatments of glasses, contacts, and intense squinting by catapulting ocular health into the future through a range of laser-based and glasses-free vision-correction treatments. Customized iLasik procedures safely and swiftly reshape corneas based on computerized corneal maps, while cataract surgeries and glaucoma treatment regimens can potentially help whisk away cloudy visions bringing about the gift of sight.