In 1974, the founders of Northville Vision Clinic couldn’t have predicted the technology that would shape their business four decades in the future. Now, Dr. Martin Levin and his team of ocular experts wield powerful sight-enhancing technology that allows them to quickly examine the inner workings of eyes. Retinal cameras photograph the interior of they eye without the need to dilate the pupil. A computer-guided autorefractor machine measures the prescription of each eye automatically, saving patients the hassle of looking through myriad lenses and sitting through tedious slideshows of the eye-chart’s visit to other exam-room walls. Smart Mirror technology lets customers view simulations of themselves wearing any frame or lens so they can judge material thickness, magnification, and the color of tinted contact lenses in their eyes.
Optometrist Dr. Michelle Calder ensures that Urban Optiques Vision’s boutique store gives visitors plenty of incentive to improve their sight. She fills the space with bright colors, original artwork, studio lighting, and original furnishings, including eyewear cases and mirrors handmade from recovered materials such as wood, copper pipe, and hammered metal. In these colorful surroundings, Dr. Michelle treats patients with optometric services including general eye exams, contact-lens fittings, and ocular-disease diagnosis and treatment, equipping them with the tools to spot eagles before the eagles spot them. Meanwhile, at one of the store’s glass-topped fitting tables, opticians fit visitors for designer, luxury, and vintage eyewear by makers such as Tom Ford, Lafont, Chrome Hearts, and Miu Miu.
Galper Eye Center serves as a gallery for wearable contemporary art. The flying-saucer-shaped lights hanging from the ceiling illuminate a collection of glasses frames that break fashion molds. Rather than simply gluing colored macaroni to Ray-Ban frames, the staff strives to stock particularly creative examples of eyewear. They've even held a design showcase for Ziggy and Jean Reno, encouraging guests to browse the collection of hard-to-find specs.
Though its style may be edgy, the center focuses on classic convenience when it comes to eye care. Its optometrist provides exams, contact-lens fittings, and services for pre- and post-op clients, and its vision-therapy programs aid those with binocular vision problems.
In 1955, the world saw many famous firsts: President Eisenhower hosted the first televised presidential news conference, Gunsmoke began its legendary run, and Fortney Eyecare Associates opened its first practice. Today, a quintet of locations hosts board-certified doctors of optometry ready to keep Detroit peepers healthy and focused. After thorough exams, patients can decamp to Fortney’s frame shops, which house designer eyewear from labels including Ray-Ban, Prada, Nike, and Versace.
In addition to general eyewear, the practice also specializes in safety eyewear, working with businesses to supply and repair the type of industrial eyewear that's best for each workplace or astigmatic traffic cones. The national administrator of General Motors' prescription safety eyewear program since 1992, Fortney was hailed GM’s Supplier of the Year for its no-nonsense professional chops.
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.
Levine Eye Care Center boasts 25 years of ocular expertise and an office full of stylish and practical sight-adjusting accessories. A complete eye exam ($75) can certify boastful claims of 20/20 vision with an obstacle course of evaluations such as astigmatism identification, pupil-enlarging retina searches, and a lightning round of eye chart Boggle. Bifocal contact-lens wearers can get their yearly assessment ($125), and farsighted sufferers who prefer frameless adjustments can obtain a soft-lens exam ($69) or simply choose to focus on distant objects.