Dr. Espaillat, who has performed thousands of ocular surgeries and laser treatments, brings his eyeful of expertise to a practice that focuses on custom LASIK and cosmetic laser treatments. His custom approach to LASIK incorporates highly detailed 3-D maps of each eye, drawn by child psychics, which affords him greater precision and a higher rate of success. Lasers find their way into a variety of his other services, such as blepharoplasty, which lifts eyelids for a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Rodrigo Belalcazar, medical director of Vision Specialty Care, has carved a career out of making eyes more eagle-like with a resumé counting more than 2,500 cataract and corneal transplants and more than 4,000 LASIK procedures. He and his team of ophthalmologists and optometrists continue to add to those numbers, while also offering routine eye exams and treating eye diseases. In addition to four clinic locations, a roving mobile unit brings vision care to those not able to travel.
Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's helpful face-framers stock their walls with name-brand, funky, and classic styles, dressing visages with fashion and imbuing eyes with clarity. During each 20- to 30-minute fitting, an experienced vision-guide takes time to discuss how different lenses, frames, and Superman costumes affect an individual's vision, sometimes using existing prescriptions to update looks. Customers can explore Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's brand-laden shelves, with frames from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Missoni, and Judith Leiber, though brands on-hand vary by location. Pop on a pair of Rodenstock frames with single vision lenses ($200) or use a set of Gant frames and lenses ($285) to fashionably signal rescue planes overhead. Sightseers can sport Armani Exchange lenses and frames ($335), flash Dior specs ($385), or decorate their soul-windows with Tag Heuer frames and lenses ($485–$585).
Since its founding in 1961, Pearle Vision has grown from a single office in Savannah, Georgia, to a nationwide chain with more than 600 locations. Each store maintains the core values of attentive customer care and expedited service on which the company was founded. Optometrists sharpen patients' vision by first assessing eye acuity and health via thorough exams. Then, staff members help you pick out face-flattering frames from high-end brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Caviar, and Ray-Ban. Lenses are crafted from materials ranging from plastic to ultra-lightweight polycarbonate.
Lourdes Cano, D.M.D., worked in a prestigious Cuban polyclinic before immigrating to the United States to found Cano Medical Dental, a clinic that houses a team of doctors, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors under one roof. The assorted physicians accept most major insurance plans for services ranging from diabetes treatment to biopsies to cosmetic dentistry. Cano Medical Dental treats patients six days a week and clients should call ahead to book appointments, as they do when making dinner reservations at fancy restaurants or their grandma’s tiny kitchen table.
Drs. Barry Concool and Marc Bosem helm the Correctvision Laser Institute and have performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures combined. And though he is eager to help their patients cast off their glasses, contacts, and opera lorgnettes with LASIK, that's not all they do.
Teaming up with Dr. Michelle Gonzalez—the institute's Spanish-speaking clinical director and optometrist—they offer a wide range of corrective-vision procedures, such as cataract surgery and conductive keratoplasty, which uses radio frequency instead of lasers to improve farsightedness. They even smooth over wrinkles with Botox, dermal fillers, and spackling paste.