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.
Among the most experienced female LASIK surgeons in the country, Dr. Nancy Tanchel has cleared fuzzy vision during more than 15,000 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 laser light shows for those who ask really nicely.
The doctors at Oliver Opticians demonstrate their passion for eye care by guarding their patients against glaucoma and cataracts with thorough exams. This passion is also visible in their boutique selection of designer frames, including shelves of frames from the likes of Gucci, Mykita, Prada, Sama, Ray-Ban, Modo, and Prodesign. Doctors also fit peepers with contact lenses—an important process they carry out with precision because some eyes are shaped like cubes.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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Under the expert oculus of Dr. Saba E. Ayalew, Metropolitan Optical matches stylish frames to faces, stocking an array of high-end designer eyewear. Brands include Gucci, Armani, Porsche Design, and Burberry, equally suited to job-interview attire and everyday activities, such as spotting a rampaging bear during a job interview. Frames ($170–$450) can be outfitted with an array of fine lenses ($119–$800) and come with free adjustments and ultrasonic cleanings.
Embassy Opticians' board-certified ocular experts utilize 150 years of combined experience to closely inspect eyes and outfit them with the appropriate frames and lenses. Since 1960, professionals at the Dupont Circle shop have evaluated patients' peepers through thorough exams, reviewing medical histories, checking for ocular diseases, and determining visual acuity and its relationship to chewing-gum preferences. After exams, the savvy staffers aid in adorning noses with flattering frames by Lafont ($250+), Austin Reed ($140+), Gucci ($295+), and many other designers. Groupon customers can use their $200 credit toward a new pair of bifocals or one lonely monocle but cannot request replacements to old glasses or contacts.