Colonial Opticians' peeper pros have been fitting faces with frames and sculpting lenses on site since 1964. Having weathered decades of capricious eyewear trends, such as radiation-emitting x-ray specs and disorienting 1-D glasses, the family business brings noses into sharp focus with frames ($100+) for both sun and shade. Vibrant, hand-painted frames from Ronit Furst ($240+) are a favorite among cartoon parrot librarians, and share wall space in the showroom with the stark geometry of Kliik's Danish lens cages ($223+). Shoppers carrying a current prescription in hand can also order custom lenses—including single-vision lenses ($78), bifocals ($120), and progressives ($250)—or choose from different lens treatments that protect against scratches, create a mirrored surface, or inhibit glare. Turnaround time may be as short as a day, but varies depending on the prescription and specifications of each client.
Eyes For You's Dr. An Hollier frees patients from blurry situations with preventive care for ocular diseases and a brimming bouquet of designer frames. During each comprehensive eye examination, Dr. Hollier will explore the intricacies underneath each eyelid while evaluating eye health and determining refractive status for prescriptions. After squinting at pictures and reading avant-garde poetry aloud from the posters adorning the examination room, patients will undergo a screening to detect any potential signs of glaucoma. Each screening also tests distance and peripheral vision, along with taking eye-pressure. With early diagnosis, Dr. Hollier can help to keep a condition from progressing by designing a treatment plan and calling in for retinal reinforcements.
Dr. Rachel Cohn of Wink Eyecare Boutique, winner of Bethesda Magazine's 2010 Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses award, leads a team of optical experts in enhancing natural beauty with brand name frames that house quality lenses. Bolstered by a knowledgeable staff and unfailing third-eye detectors, shoppers browse an expansive selection of designer eyeglass frames. Designer brands including Juicy Couture ($225) and Nike ($199) dress up visages, while independent names such as Intrigue ($219) frame faces with subtle styles. Tech-savvy staff crafts most lenses ($149+) at the in-house lab using advanced technology, sending clients out the door with an eagle's vision and a rabbit's ability to identify carrot soufflé from across the room.
The eye experts at Your Eyes Opticians help sharpen fuzzy vision with comprehensive eye exams and corrective eyewear. During eye exams, the doctor assesses peepers' vision power, depth perception, and ability to see into the past, uncovering prescription strength and determining overall eye health. Visitors can then peruse frames from designer brands such as Gucci, Christian Dior, and Fendi ($89–$520) before selecting a face-flattering pair to fill with single-vision lenses. Those eschewing non-superhero disguises can sit down for a contact-lens fitting, in which the doctor calibrates the curvature of the eyeball to determine orbs’ sight-assisting soulmates. Once found, eyes are furnished with a three-month supply of contact lenses to keep vision clear and bright.
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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Since 1984, the ocular experts at Luxoptics and Eyeland have been performing high-tech exams in an effort to provide clients with fitted contacts and frames. The staff’s comprehensive exams typically involve computerized tests that zero in on issues and reveal hard-to-see problems such as tissue damage or worrisome buildups of loose pennies. Once eyes have been thoroughly examined, clients can select single-vision, transition, polarized, and bifocal lenses to pair with frames from high-end brands such as Bulgari, Dolce and Gabbana, and Prada.