Each of Europtics' five eyewear boutiques is helmed by an expert optometrist. Aided by cutting-edge diagnostic tools, these doctors check eyes for visual acuity, disease, or laser-blasting ability with a series of internal and external tests. Based on their findings, they might refer clients to the certified opticians, who conduct fittings for designer glasses and sunglasses frames. Meanwhile, technicians at Europtics' in-house labs sculpt five types of lenses to suit different needs. These range from standard single-vision to personalized progressive lenses.
EpicWear doesn’t have the outrageously expensive marketing budget of a multinational fashion firm, so the plucky U.S.-based company relies on the quality of their work to speak for itself. Their team of optical engineers kick off the process, building two types of high-tech lenses: a polycarbonate blend that delivers distortion-free depth perception, or a polarized lens with an 8-layer hard finish for extra scratch protection. Both deflect glare and block 100% of UV rays without distorting images on the other side of the sunglass. Next, designers and craftsfolk take over, drawing up a slew of rugged, sleek, or classic frames. So far, their efforts have resulted in everything from a futuristic wraparound Elipse—ideal keeping eyes dust free during biking or beach sports—to a classic Aviator frame that mimics the look of fighter pilots or the lawyers in the Lindbergh trial.
Optique of Denver's Dr. Marie Schaefer brings more than a decade of professional experience to each appointment. Those thinking of making the leap from glasses to contacts can take comfort in the fact that Dr. Schaefer can fit astigmatic, multifocal, spherical, and cone-shaped lenses. For those going the four-eyed route, optician Kristen Collins dolls out guidance on more than 700 frame styles from the likes of Kaenon, Lindberg, Oga, and Theo. She can also advise clients on more than 50 lens types.
Optical Masters prides itself on speedy one-hour visits that outfit patients with fresh eyewear. If there's anything that can slow the process, it's the time spent browsing through a selection of more than 4,000 frames and sunglasses from designer brands. In addition to fitting eyes with everything from single-vision to bifocal to sports lenses, the staff equips glasses with anti-reflective coating to create clearer views and UV coating to prevent pupils from tanning.
Dr. Kevin Crosier sharpens shabby eyesight with comprehensive eye exams that result in prescriptions for contacts and glasses. His friendly staffers then help clients navigate a selection of more than 450 frames from name brand designers, as well as perform contact lens fittings and evaluations for those who prefer to go the frameless route.
Britany Gomez and her team of stylists and aestheticians have a handle on hair—but not just the hair on the head. The staff also attends to eyelashes with thick, full extensions and rids skin of unwanted hair with waxing services. Alongside a full lineup of keratin treatments, corrective color services, and cuts, the team bestows full days of me time with organic facial peels and makeup applications.