Dr. Vlada Nakhlis has seen two hemispheres through the eyes of her patients. A graduate of Illinois College of Optometry, the doctor of optometry practiced in hospitals from Denver to Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Chicago to set up her own practice, VZN Eye Care. Along the way, she?s become a speaker of English, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Spanish to help her accommodate as many patients as possible and periodically check whether the English speakers are paying attention.
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.
Akira swaddles customers from clavicle to toe with a collection of trendy apparel from more than 200 designer brands crafted by foreign, domestic, and Chicago fabricsmiths. Women, men, and mannequins can browse a selection of clothing and accessories that includes the signature looks of Jeffrey Campbell and Boy London. Akira has cooperated with such endeavors as Generation Y, which fosters artistic expression in Chicago public schools.
The newly-opened Northwest Medical and Urgent Care Center pairs knowledgeable medical professionals with modern care equipment to serve a variety of patient needs. The facility houses not only medical and urgent care facilities, but also an onsite pharmacy, rehabilitation area, diagnostics lab, plastic surgery office, and sleep center. As doctors diagnose ailments and injuries, staff members fluent in Spanish, Polish, Serbian, Arabic, and Russian translate patient concerns to professionals and medical directions to patients, saving everyone the trouble of communicating via charades.
At Chicago Eye Care Center, patients can find relief from all kinds of optical maladies. Optometrist Dr. Shira M. Gelb conducts exams for all ages to fix a variety of issues, whether determining a child's first prescription or helping aging eyes compensate for the years of dust obscuring their glasses. Meanwhile, opticians curate a selection of more than 800 frames, including budget-minded styles and frames from high-end designers such as Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach, and Tory Burch. The center also keeps an occupational and vision therapist on staff, enlisting her expertise to help clients with learning problems and reading difficulties.
At each AmeriLaser Center and AmeriCosmetic Surgery Center in Des Plaines and Downers Grove, experienced laser technicians and aestheticians, under a team of supervising doctors, take time to listen to each client?s skincare needs. Building this rapport helps the staffers to craft custom treatment plans that may include non-invasive procedures like laser hair removal, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers, as well as invasive procedures like liposuction, breast augmentation, face lifts and tummy tucks. Their most celebrated treatment may be noninvasive skin tightening, which uses bipolar radio frequencies and magnetic pulses to help to firm lax skin caused by aging or extreme weight loss, and it has earned ringing endorsements from The Biggest Loser winner Michael Ventrella, WWE pro wrestler Lisa Marie Varon, and a cherry tomato that sat untouched in Elvis Presley?s fridge for years.