For more than half a century, the opticians at Graf Optical have been helping to correct vision and combat ocular illness with health and wellness checkups and stylish eyewear. The center stocks frames from Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, and Versace, many of which are eligible for upgrades such as anti-reflective coatings or impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses. And for those who prefer to wear invisible frames, Acuvue Oasys also carries contact lenses and sometimes offers unsolicited advice about the importance of mime schools.
Look + See's eyewear studio is as swanky as any art gallery, with pale-green walls lined with mirrors and sculpture-esq wooden shelves displaying glasses. Their stock of fashionable frames from around the world was smelted in the factories of top designers. Frames from OGI run between $100-$269, Vera Wang rims cost $150-$280, and Gotti’s chic eyeball offsetters are $315-$558.
Established in 1972, Dinkytown Optical’s team outfits clients with prescription eyewear, diagnosing ocular needs with eye exams and contact-lens fittings. Opticians fit patients with single-vision and progressive lenses, which pair with hundreds of frames from designer brands such as Vera Wang, Armani, and Guess. Located inside the office, Specs On the Beach sunglass specialists stock more than 500 sunglasses from Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Maui Jim, ideal for making a whole pack of dogs look really cool.
Since 1935, Moss Optical has helped fashion-forward customers achieve clear, accurate vision with personalized lenses, designer frames, and a commitment to customer service. Expert staffers help visitors determine which type of lenses best fit their needs, including single-vision lenses ($129+), basic progressive lenses ($259+), and telephoto lenses that allow them to see inside their coworkers' brains. All specs come with scratch-resistant coating, UV protection, and finished edge work; an antireflective coating can also be added, which makes glasses easier to clean ($75).
Founded by Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, a father-and-son team who used LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision, Joffe MediCenter has four locations across the country where expert ophthalmologists use advanced diagnostics to conduct each custom wavefront LASIK surgery. Treatment begins with a free, noninvasive examination with Bausch & Lomb Orbscan and Zywave mapping systems—derived from technology developed for astronomy and physics applications. They generate a 3-D model of each eye, which, like a fingerprint or favorite line from The Princess Bride, is unique to each person.
Upon assessing the results to confirm LASIK candidacy, doctors schedule an in-office surgery in their state-of-art clinic. The LASIK procedure is designed to eliminate your need for glasses and contacts regardless of whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The vast majority of patients experience 20/20 vision the next morning after treatment. After the procedure, doctors will schedule postoperative exams.
If practice makes perfect, David Whiting, MD, must be approaching that standard: he has performed more than 95,000 LASIK eye surgeries in his career. While racking up those impressive stats, the board-certified ophthalmologist has held medical-director positions at institutions including LasikPlus and Joffe MediCenter. At Whiting Clinic LASIK + Eye Care, he and his staff make use of both extensive experience and advanced technology to perform treatments including LASIK eye surgery, cataract procedures, and lens implants to treat severe nearsightedness or just allow for useful backup eyes. Patients get to experience the fun side as well as the medical side of the intricate equipment: during their visit, they'll interface with iPad systems and select their own music to listen to. The clinic itself was built to Dr. Whiting's own specifications, including eco-friendly construction methods, sweeping glass walls that light up with changing colors at night, and nature-inspired artwork that allows patients to revel in their renewed vision.