Traditional eye exams require doctors to merely look at the front of the eye to determine eye health and prescription changes. Optomap retinal imaging technology actually allows doctors to examine internal structures at the back of the eye, which can help them diagnose everything from age-related macular degeneration to high blood pressure.
At Steer Optical, which is affiliated with LensCrafters, Dr. Hugh Steer and fellow optometrist Dr. Joshua Yoo rely on optomap imaging to help determine eye health. After conducting a thorough exam, they write lens prescriptions for glasses and contacts. They also can determine a patient's candidacy for LASIK surgery, which can permanently correct some vision issues and help patients see how late they are immediately upon waking.
Among the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the country, Dr. Nancy Tanchel has cleared fuzzy vision during more than 20,000 LASIK procedures. During each of these procedures, she uses femtosecond laser technology to create a smooth, precise corneal flap before reshaping the eye's surface to correct for nearsightedness, granting most patients with improved vision by the next day. Besides her specialty, Dr. Tanchel also offers PRK procedures, computer-based wavefront analysis for diagnosis and treatment, and laser light shows for those who ask really nicely.
The optometrists at Visual Health Doctors of Optometry tap into stored expertise during comprehensive exams assisted by a high-tech computer and a wisecracking flashlight at Visual Health's three Virginia locations. After emerging from exams clutching accurate eye prescriptions, customers peruse the showroom with the help of multilingual staff members, who show off designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ted Baker, and Calvin Klein. After selecting frames, technicians in the onsite lab craft standard, Crizal, or Varilux premium lenses, a Visual Health Doctors of Optometry speciality, or place orders for contacts.
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.
People might not think of surgery as a creative field, but Dr. Ravi Dahiya disagrees. In fact, it?s the creative challenges of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery that the board-certified doctor loves so much about his job. Inside his practice at Potomac Facial Plastic Surgery, he applies this problem-solving spirit to the task of making clients look years younger, sometimes recommending face-lifts or eyebrow lifts, and sometimes injections of Radiesse or Juv?derm. He also restores youth by removing dead skin cells via microdermabrasion or chemical peels by Glytone. Dr. Dahiya fills bald spots with hair transplants or makes the whole body essentially one giant bald spot with laser hair-removal treatments.
The Eye Institute of Reston’s head optometrist, Dr. Sheebani Bathija, helps clients view the world with 20/20 clarity. During regular eye exams, the doctor makes sure eyesight is up to snuff by asking patients to read letters on the Snellen chart or the cursive scribbles in her 5th grade diary. Those in need of ocular assistance can assemble their own pair of prescription glasses with their choice of lenses and designer frames from brands such as Nike, Michael Kors, and Valentino. Guests who wish to live glasses-free can also opt for contact lenses, or sit down with Dr. Bathija to discuss laser vision correction.