Husband and wife team Andy and Gazal Tabrizipour started Atlanta Vision Optical because of dissatisfaction with the low-quality lenses they’d found elsewhere. “When typical one-hour shops make lenses,” explains Andy, “they add the non-scratch coating afterward, which tends to peel and come off.” Rather than adding the coatings onto the surface of the lens, Atlanta Vision’s own private lab custom crafts each lens with the coating blended into the material itself. The scratch-resistant properties then become part of the lens.
Inside the boutique, guests meander among shelves of frames from brands including Hugo Boss, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Sama. Soothing music and aquamarine walls give one the feeling of having wandered into a spa or the relaxing room that scientists have to keep Mothra in. Mahogany-trimmed furniture cradles patrons, who sip coffee or tea or chat with opticians and specialists about frame design. The team is trained in-house, and their style-savvy eyes can also select frames befitting each individual’s facial shape or proclivity to whip off sunglasses and shoot a suave glance straight into the nearest camera.
If you're willing to let someone operate on your eyes with a laser, what's the one thing they better have? Steady hands are important, sure, but how about experience? All told, The LASIK Vision Institute's doctors have performed more than 950,000 eye surgeries at 46 locations nationwide. Across its network, the company has independent veteran surgeons who are all LASIK experts.
Technology has played a major role in LVI’s success, as well. Each location relies on FDA-approved laser technology that results in minimal discomfort and short recovery times, in addition to helping many patients see 20/20 or better.
A young, enthusiastic practice, Rich Vision provides peepers with expert care under the direction of Dr. David L. Rich, who founded the business in 2006. Dr. Rich and his team tend to eyes of all ages, and their selection of designer frames keeps faces outfitted in style with products from leading brands such as ic! berlin, Kenneth Cole, Oakley, and more.
Optometrist Dr. Alan L. Hymowitz has aided eyes all over the world. In Laos, Cambodia, Bolivia, and his current home of Atlanta, he has performed volunteer eye care for those in need, making him the first optometrist to receive the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Beacon of Hope award for humanitarian work in 2010.
At Eye Haven, Dr. Hymowitz and his colleague, Dr. Rikti Patel, collaborate to provide comprehensive eye care to the rest of the public. The bilingual duo, who speak both English and Spanish, doles out prescriptions and checks eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and other common diseases. Their team can pair picks from a wide selection of frames—which encompasses designs by Judith Lieber, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci—with a similarly wide selection of lenses. Their polarizing lenses cut down on glare, for example, whereas their high-index lenses are thinner and lighter than traditional lenses, rendering them ideal for shaving off seconds from the footrace section of the SATs.
Frames, crafted with care by designers such as Oliver Peoples and Chanel, decorate the wood-backed shelves of Reflections Eyecare. The artistry doesn't end there, though. The boutique's optometrists give equal attention to the appearance of lenses, using in-house technologies to make them noticeably thin. To uncover prescriptions, Drs. Schultz and Cohen perform vision exams, using digital means to explore the different layers of the eye and communicate with the computer servers within.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.