Dr. Leonard R. Achiron graduated from the New England College of Optometry with honors, but he’s not just book smart—he’s also laser smart. Dr. Achiron has co-managed more than 50,000 Lasik procedures as former professor of the Emory Eye Center and clinical director of Lasik Vision Institute. Like him, each of his colleagues on the center’s team of ophthalmologists has performed tens of thousands of eye surgeries, alleviating ailments ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to cataracts. At their clinic, they also pool their talents to treat eyes with nonsurgical services, such as exams, contact-lens fittings, and glasses for those who never took to their lessons on how to squint harder.
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.
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+).
Doctor of Optometry T. Matthew Brown has seen all that can happen to an unhealthy eye. In his more than 10 years of clinical experience, he’s worked in practices specializing in such eye diseases as glaucoma and cataracts. Today, he runs a practice that focuses on each individual patient, conducting thorough tests to ensure the health of each eye. During exams, he sits patients in front of a Humphrey Matrix machine that investigates both eyes for retinal, vascular, and neurological conditions. Then, a special laser scans the back of each eye, looking for early signs of glaucoma and evidence of having read someone’s diary without permission. When it’s called for, Dr. Brown welcomes patients to peruse the shelves of Visionary Eyecare’s extensive frame boutique, which stocks such name brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Coach, and Nike.
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.
Spectrum Eyecare's team of specialists examine optical organs, pampering patients with premium customer care. If vision correction is needed, visitors first enjoy a $50 discount on a 30-minute eye exam at the skilled hands of Dr. John Henahan, O.D., who draws on nearly 20 years of optometry experience in order to render clients’ vision sharp enough to read a distant falcon’s iPhone. Afterward, plug prescription lenses ($99+) into a selection of designer frames to find the specs that best fit your features. Spectrum Eyecare stocks advanced HD lenses and designer brands from around the world, such as Fysh ($199–$299) from the UK and Koali ($279–$599) and Lightec ($249–$529) from France, as well as well-known American brands such as RayBan ($139–$289) and Columbia ($89–$209). A range of stylish sunglasses from Suntrends ($59+), Peace ($59+), and Columbia ($99+) block sun from the eyes allow wearers to discretely nap during boring family dinners.