Dr. M. Farooq Ashraf mastered the excimer laser as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he now wields the ultramodern tool as he adds to his career tally of more than 35,000 LASIK procedures. As founder and medical director of Atlanta Vision Institute, he draws upon his skills as a board-certified ophthalmologist to correct nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic vision with refractive surgery. In addition to giving the gift of sight, Dr. Ashraf gives back to the community by supporting local charities and providing discounted services to financially strapped Cyclopes.
Ansley Eye Care’s trained eyebrarians pair customers with designer eyewear and sunglasses to suit both bookish looks and Dewey Decimal System–rejecting lifestyles. Designer frames provide couture window-boxes to the soul, with names such as Gucci, Prada, and Marc Jacobs parading over ears and nose bridges like supermodels stranded on a head-shaped planet ($95+). Kate Spade and Banana Republic frames equip eyes with chic peeps, and Ray-Ban’s and Roberto Cavalli’s signature styles help wearers to communicate a devil-may-care attitude toward pillow tags and junk mail. Ansley Eye Care also offers durable plastic prescription lenses, ensuring that customers will be able to admire their reflections with the utmost clarity ($99+).
Within the onsite optical lab at each Eyeworks location, opticians perform virtually any act of optical alchemy, whether forging new bifocals, mending bent or broken frames, or glazing lenses in protective coatings that cut down on glare and scratches. Armed with a knack for style, opticians cull from the stores' collection of designer frames—including popular models from Dakota Smith and Lafont and exclusive lines from Soho and Okki—to match each customer with a look to suit their personality and facial structure. Before either can get to work, however, optometrists conduct comprehensive eye exams, helping patients maintain healthy, focused vision by honing new prescriptions and diagnosing potential diseases such as cataracts or early-onset googly eyes.
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.
The owner of Atlanta Eye Shop prides herself on the individualized service and friendly atmosphere afforded by her well-trained, affable staff. Throughout the day, staffers can be found helping patrons choose a flattering set of frames from display cases brimming with designer eyewear from a carefully-curated assortment of brands. An in-house optometrist is available to remedy medical eye issues and test peepers’ capabilities via eye exams and timed Waldo-spotting tests.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
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.