Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well-trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames ($99.95+), or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision, and although prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $120, whereas specialty PearleThin complete lenses ($315+) are lightweight heavyweights.
At Visual Eyes at Mizner Park and Real Eyes on Atlantic Avenue, licensed optometrist Aaron Evans oversees full-service optometry centers and an inventory of more than 1,500 designer frames from makers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Chanel. The staff uses state-of-the-art technology, including the optomap retinal scan, to examine eyes. The optomap produces full-color, high-definition images of the retina without dilating the eye, which can help reduce blurriness and sensitivity to light after the exam. The doctors prescribe appropriate lenses such as single-vision, bifocal, or progressive, with available add-ons such as Transitions lenses or scratch-resistant coatings. They also stock more than 400 varieties of sunglasses, enough for a gang of 50 spiders protect their eyes and look uniquely cool at the same time.
Opened in 1985 by brothers with a shared love for surfing, Boca Surf and Sail has grown from its humble roots as an easygoing shop often festooned with a Gone Surfing sign to a dependable pit stop for land and water gear. The store radiates with a love of surf culture, from racks of Quiksilver apparel to Meyerhoffer boards suspended from the ceiling and staff plucked fresh from the sea. Aisle after aisle of surfwear, apparel, and gear helps seasplorers enjoy crashing waves or the sun's warm rays cascading across beaches dotted only with shells and sandcastle McMansions.
Since graduating from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry with honors, Dr. Seechel Patel has been demonstrating her personalized approach to correcting vision in a private-practice setting. She specializes in contact-lens fittings, glaucoma treatment, and family eyecare, with a particular interest in conducting early childhood exams in a campaign against amblyopia. She is also on hand to offer an opinion or standing ovation as patients model frames from brands such as Gucci, Lafont, or Montblanc.
At Eye Site Vision Center, board-certified optometrist Dr. Gary Goberville keeps clients of all ages in good ocular health with thorough exams and a wealth of specialty eyewear, lenses, and frames. High-tech equipment, such as Optomap Retinal Exams and Humphrey Automated Visual Fields capture exact images of retinas and optic nerves, while frames and sunglasses dress nose-bridges in fashions from Chrome Hearts, Lindberg, Oakley, and Gucci.
Dr. Gary Goberbille of Eyesite Vision Center isn't satisfied with simply peering into the pupil with a little handheld light. Instead, he relies on advanced technology during his exams. Board-certified to spot a host of eye diseases, he photographs the back of the eyeball with Optomap retinal equipment, which not only reveal tumors and swallowed contact lenses, but telegraph ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes.