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.
If board-certified eye surgeon Dr. Paul Cutarelli kept a physical tally of all the LASIK and PRK procedures he has performed, he would probably be nearing the end of a comically lengthy scroll. That’s because he’s been at the helm of more than 60,000 of these procedures, which are designed to sharpen vision in minutes with the help of a precise laser and wavefront computer technology that determines exactly where to shape the cornea. This former resident of the world-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital pairs his most repeated procedure with a handful of other vision-correcting services. He can trade a scarred cornea for a new one and remove blurring cataracts. He can also insert a lens behind the iris to crystallize vision, an alternative for patients who can’t get LASIK or who refuse to hang magnifying glasses from each eyebrow.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.