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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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.
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.
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.
Versace and Giorgio Armani frames deck the walls at JEMS Optical, but providing designer brands isn’t the resident certified opticians’ only focus. Since 1985, the team at JEMS Optical LLC have helped their patients protect their eyes and sharpen their vision with personalized care as well as custom lenses and prescription sunglasses. They also perfectly fit contact lenses help unblur vision with options that include multi-focal and disposable lenses. Comprehensive exams are available for all patients, measuring for precise prescriptions and testing for a range of eye diseases. The optical center’s same-day emergency repairs for glasses can also help patients immediately recover from a broken bridge, a missing screw, or the effects of too much careless apple-bobbing.
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.