Dr. John W. Branch has a sterling resume that includes performing the most cataract surgeries of any ophthalmologist-in-training in the University of South Florida's history. Dr. Branch, an expert refractive eye surgeon specializing in LASIK, helps restore guests' vision to crystalline clarity. He and the team at Southern Eye Associates stay up-to-date on the latest technology in laser vision correction and use the same technology as the military on their soldiers. It's that kind of commitment and work ethic that's helped them earn a nod as one of the best businesses in central Texas, as voted on by the readers of the Killeen Daily Herald.
Dr. John W. Branch, the refractive eye surgeon at Eye City, is an ocular expert. His extensive educational background includes training at the University of South Florida, where he performed the most cataract surgeries in the history of the program. Today, he performs LASIK surgery at Eye City, helping people abandon their glasses, contacts, and prescription snorkel masks for a lens-free lifestyle. The optometrists on staff perform routine checkups and cataract treatments, and their eyewear shop stocks designer frames, sports eyewear, children's glasses, and catalogs of major brands of contacts.
The expert opticians at Texas State Optical stock a multitude of name-brand eyewear and optometrists examine eyes to diagnose vision and health-related dilemmas. As ocular orbs inspect the transparency of frames, nose bridges meet and greet stylish spectacles from ProDesign ($179–$250) and sun shielders from BCBG and Cole Haan ($149–$179). Purchasers of today's second option can peruse glasses from other makes such as Nike ($187–$205) and Michael Kors ($189–$330) or opt for a comprehensive eye exam ($79), which checks overall vision and eye health. To solve peeper predicaments beyond frame fits, contact-lens exams ($70–$130) prescribe lenses and make sure eyeballs are round. Groupon customers can upgrade their specs with a 25% discount on all lens coatings, including tint, polarization, and thermal vision.
Surrounded by lavender walls, sporting an herbal neck wrap, and sipping on coffee or tea, visitors to Distinct Vision often wonder whether they've stumbled into a spa. Dr. Julia Emery encourages the misconception—she hopes that her patients view their eye-care appointments as a time for relaxation, as well as an opportunity to cultivate their sense of style. She's arranged the boutique area of the office to reflect crisp and quirky fashions. Frames from independent designers perch on glass shelving alongside those of prominent brands including Prodesign and Bebe. The artistic displays incorporate textbooks as props, and decorative plants inject the violet space with playful greenery.
In the exam room, Dr. Emery devotes as much attention to precise prescriptions as she does to hip decor. She checks peepers for general health, common ailments, and infections, doling out glasses and contact lenses for optimal sight enhancement. She can also handle most minor emergencies, from pink eye to the removal of foreign objects and the buildup of tears caused by unrequited crushes.
At ClearChoice EyeCare, Angela Adkins, OD, doesn't just use the latest technology to care for patients' eyes. She also donates her talents to worthy causes. Dr. Adkins has called upon her extensive training in areas such as ocular disease, diabetic retinopathy, and pediatric vision care while working as a volunteer optometrist in Oaxaca, Mexico, and at charitable events for the Lion's Club and St. Louis Community Services. She has also worked as a caregiver for people with physical and mental disabilities, and as a volunteer with the Special Olympics.
After submitting their peepers to Dr. Adkins's careful examination and browsing the store's selection of more than 1,100 frames, patients can wait while technicians in the onsite finishing lab complete same-day orders for glasses. The center also features a separate waiting area complete with toys and a television to entertain children and pacify cranky adults who refuse to share their blocks.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.