Although the board-certified optometrists and ophthalmologists at Eye Clinic and Laser Institute have been sharpening patients' vision for more than 30 years, their technology is up-to-the-minute. Their advanced techniques include NearVision CK, a procedure that reshapes the cornea with radiofrequency, and ReZoom intraocular lens implants to correct cataracts. LASIK laser eye surgery corrects a range of vision difficulties while requiring less recovery time than after using a Thighmaster.
But the real centerpiece of the office isn't technological. It's the individual care they give to each of their patients. Before performing any of their signature vision-enhancing services, they sit down with patients for a consultation and thorough exam to ensure their candidacy for any procedure, or to make further recommendations based on their findings.
At Neo Laser Medical Spa, two physicians, a registered nurse, and a licensed aesthetician use the latest technology to beautify skin. Their multiple laser systems form a cosmic tag-team that can rejuvenate bodies from head to toe. A fractional CO2 laser dramatically reduces pigmentation problems and other signs of aging, a Fraxel laser reduces wrinkles with minimal downtime, and a CoolTouch laser gently diminishes acne and acne scarring. The team also employs lasers to eradicate spider veins and unwanted hair and performs laser-assisted SmartLipo procedures that are less invasive than traditional liposuction.
But lasers aren't the only tools in Neo Laser's anti-aging kit. Clinical staffers combat wrinkles with Botox and dermal fillers, and customize facials or medical peels with petrochemical- and paraben-free Image Skincare products. The medical spa's complimentary consultations include a skin analysis with a detailed written report and photos, as well as 30 minutes with an aesthetician to discuss the best way to remove a mole or a mustache drawn on in permanent marker.
For the past 15 years, Oviedo and Port St. John Eye Care's knowledgeable staff—led by board-certified optometrists Dr. Robert S. Webster and Dr. Stephen J. Thomas—has been striving to treat each patient that walks through their doors like family. They do so by taking the time to learn each patient's history, which helps them better assess ocular conditions during preliminary tests, visual-acuity and refraction measurements, and eye-health evaluations. Once prescriptions are known, the staff helps patients sort through over 1,000 frames, including high-end brands such as Gucci and Vera Wang, to find their ideal match. The staff shows equal love for the environment by taking on green initiatives, such as switching to all-natural cleaners, using recyclable polyethylene bags, and declaring fern the new pink.
Caribbean Solutions crafts safe, all-natural sun protection, hair, and skincare products to keep outer layers looking like new. Every plant-based product in the line is made without harmful chemicals or animal testing and packaged in recycled materials. The jade tanning oil draws on natural sunflower oil to give the skin a deeper hue ($18), and the golden opal tanning oil lends more conspicuous results, perfect for those seeking a richer luminosity or posing as Oscar statues ($25). Body satin moisturizer hydrates and smoothes ($20), and a range of shampoos and conditioners, in scents such as rainforest citrus mint and tropical mist, keeps flowing manes flouncy ($10 each).
At Combat City combatants are outfitted for controlled engagement using real weapons in a 40,000-square-foot, air-conditioned indoor arena housed in a converted Publix. After briefing players on using the gear and the rules of play, the staff releases players into the arena, where they test their skills among rooms, corridors, and plywood houses. In addition to the indoor arena, Combat City has 180 acres of open and wooded terrain available to combatants.
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.
Dr. John Fusselman shares his optometric expertise with patients at separate optical shops. At both locations, the doctor and his team check on eye health, protecting patrons by making sure they can read street signs and spot ant-farm revolts in their early stages. Armed with a newly precise prescription, patients browse frames from brands including Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley, Tiffany, Tom Ford, and Tag Heuer.