In the middle of Olympic Optics, an eyewear-filled island beckons to guests with rows of gently illuminated shades. Dozens of brands line the glass cases, ranging from affordable Sunclouds to high-end offerings from makers such as Police, Givenchy, Versace, and Spy.
Dr. Russell Hosaka has been in private practice in Torrance for over 31 years, building strong bonds with patients and the community through dedicated and professional service. At Advanced Family Eye Care, Hosaka and his team of licensed opticians and optical style experts outfit clients with contact lenses or designer frames from brands such as Oakley, Gucci, La Font, and Hugo Boss. The clinic’s high-tech exams precisely assess each eyeball’s shape and prescription needs via computerized auto-refractions.
Modo Optometry founders and eye experts Drs. Shahrokh Dayyani and Terry T. Khraishi diagnose ocular impairments with comprehensive exams and restore eagle-eyed vision with glasses, contact lenses, or the cornea-polishing beams of LASIK surgery. After inspecting peepers for signs of infection or disease, the doctors dole out fresh prescriptions to fill stylish frames from Cartier, Prada, Tom Ford, and other designer brands. A cache of more than 1,000 contact lenses spans soft, rigid, and specialty styles that decorate eyes in a variety of colors and damask patterns. The all-purpose eye center also treats glaucoma and assesses intraocular health with retinal imaging.
The team at Dr. Friedman Optometrists & Associates strives to make the world a lot less fuzzy for patients. With an onsite optical lab and more than 10,000 contact lenses in stock, the staff can send most visitors home with a new pair of eyeglasses or contacts on the same day as their exam. The office's collection of more than 5,000 designer frames runs the gamut of styles, suiting each person's unique personality. Besides correcting vision problems, the team can also diagnose and treat medical issues, such as eye infections or damage caused by counting every pixel on an HDTV. Dr. Friedman's team also speaks Spanish.
Whether patients speak English or Spanish, there's little chance they'll have trouble communicating at Salud Digna. That's because Dr. Sergio Ortiz, the 20-year optometry veteran who runs the office, works with an entirely bilingual staff. During comprehensive eye exams, Dr. Ortiz checks vision and screens for diseases from cataracts to diabetes. Staffers then help patients select from a supply of frames that includes styles from Ray-Ban, DKNY, and Anne Klein.
Exams aside, the team does good for more than just the eyes. Licensed as a community clinic by the state of California, Salud provides high-quality optometry on a flexible scale, allowing them to help as many people as possible and ensuring that every customer who chooses them is helping to get others affordable eye care.
Optician and eyewear designer Karina Leigh draws from her years of experience running upscale boutiques to outfit a clientele of celebrities such as Kanye West, LL Cool J, and J. Lo with top-shelf eyewear from both well-known and up-and-coming artisans. Like an elegant sword-cane or a cast bedazzled in tiny diamonds, the upscale assortment of eyewear turns a necessary tool into a must-have fashion accessory, as evidenced by the patronage of people who are frequently photographed. The Amir Taj–designed studio blends aristocratic grace with notes of whimsy, surrounding visitors with a pristine interior of white lacquered wood, Louis XV furniture, chandeliers made with crystals by Swarovski, and light globes that model some of the store's most popular frames. A huge vintage collection adorns noses with the haute fashion of bygone eras, and pieces from designers such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Prada, and Benjamin Eyewear deck out faces with the modish looks of the near future.