Eclipse Eyewear fashions chic sunglasses from a selection of 1,500 frames from high-end brands such as Chanel, Prada, and Versace. Luxurious shades stand against walls and look out from display cases, eager to slide over patrons' eyes to shield them from harsh rays or pigeons' attempts to make eye contact and demand breadcrumbs.
When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.
Dr. Tania Stevens has been administering eye exams for more than 15 years. She doesn't just pinpoint prescriptions—during comprehensive checkups at Optometry Cabana, Dr. Stevens also uses equipment such as retinal cameras and computerized systems to screen for ocular health issues such as glaucoma and cataracts. She's happy to answer any questions you might have about anything from LASIK to vision issues caused by computer use.
Outside of the examination room, friendly staffers—who speak both English and Spanish—help patients peruse a selection of stylish frames from the likes of Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Oakley, and other designers. They can also recommend different types of contacts and tell you how to order them at home via Optometry Cabana's partner company, ReorderContacts.com.
Customers have trusted their eyes to Dr. Selby Optometry's reliable specs and contacts since 1978. Through the decades, the vision-care center has differentiated itself from the big-name competition by cultivating a “neighborhood optometrist” aesthetic, offering free nose pad and screw replacements, complimentary contacts during sight-specific emergencies, and staffers who never prank customers with vision charts written in cuneiform. Sight-seekers are matched with thin and durable lenses, which fit snugly and fashionably into the frames of venerable brands such as Escada, Hugo Boss, and Nautica.
Dr. Andrew Rummel, OD knows that there are two keys to eye care—one, of course, is medical expertise, and the other is communicating with the patient. Dr. Rummel has expertise in spades. He can conduct a routine eye exam, fit clients for a pair of contacts, or—just as deftly—correct vision with laser surgery. However, he and his bilingual team also take communication very seriously, conversing fluently with patients in English and Spanish.
Disguised in wetsuits, flippers, and diving masks, humans almost seem indistinguishable from the scores of aquatic life that thrive among the San Diego coastline. In the water, curious sea lions tug playfully at divers' fins, and thick stalks of kelp wave like Queen Elizabeth telling the gathered crowd to go home already. With access to five separate sites in which to see such wonders, the guides at San Diego Excellent Adventures tailor their adventures—whether snorkeling, diving, or paddling—around the experience level of each tour group, ensuring an easy assimilation to undersea life.
During guided dives along La Jolla Shores, swimmers peer in on frolicking creatures such as lobsters, octopuses, and leopard sharks, and standup paddleboards grant access to Mission Bay's shoreline views previously seen only by terribly lost Venetian gondoliers. Currently the largest manmade bay in the country, Mission is known for its calm waters suited to beginners just learning to explore the ocean.