The trio of eye specialists at Riverfront Optical employs its more than 75 years of collective experience to help bring the world into focus for its patients. The professionals help clients select trendy or classic frames that flatter face shapes from brands such as Lindberg, Coach, and Calvin Klein. Within flexon and titanium frames, progressive and premium thin lenses enhance vision, and antireflective coatings keep conversational partners from inadvertently practicing Oscar acceptance speeches. Owner and optician Ray Guin also designs contacts for hard-to-fit patients, such as those with astigmatism and keratoconus.
More than 900 frames are on display within Carytown Optometry. Retro styles, funky looks, and functional designs arrive regularly from the likes of Oakley and Ray-Ban. They just need the right set of prescription lenses or tiny flat-screen TVs. That's where Dr. Benjamin Gates and optician Cynthia Allen come in. They determine prescriptions during exams and then fit patients for lenses using the i.Terminal machine, which takes measurements within a tenth of a millimeter. Dr. Gates assesses ocular strengths and weaknesses during comprehensive eye exams while Cynthia fits and sells optical aids, including glasses and contact lenses.
At Grove Avenue Eye Center's two locations, a compassionate staff and team of friendly optometrists helps clients improve vision and maintain healthy eyes. After routine, 30-minute exams, customers can get fitted with designer frames from the likes of Ted Baker, Saks 5th Avenue, and Candies. To treat patients with more severe eyesight issues, such as lazy eye or vision problems due to a head injury, the doctors at Grove Avenue design advanced vision therapy programs. Vision therapy can help clients learn to control their eye turn and may also alter how they process visual information. The eyewear experts can also prescribe and design specialty lenses and devices to combat exceptionally impaired vision. These cutting-edge devices include handheld magnifying glasses, electronic aids, and bioptic telescopic glasses that may allow people with 20/200 vision to be able to drive.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Patricia Edwards helms The Optical Gallery Shoppe, channeling her 27 years of experience into meticulous custom fittings of high-end and casual eyewear. Edwards takes a thorough, old-fashioned approach to customer service, taking measurements of clients’ faces and archiving the info with parchment and quill. Browse the storefront’s array of frames, in conservative and trendy styles alike, with brands such as Calvin Klein, ProDesign, and Helium (about $40–$230). After shoppers select their design of choice, Edwards can skillfully shape lenses to correctly match a prescription. Single-vision (about $70–$100) and progressive lenses ($100–$400) can brandish an antireflective coating ($95–$100), which improves the lenses’ effectiveness and defends against laser-eye attacks from rival superheroes. Depending on clients’ preferences, fittings can last anywhere from 5 minutes during one visit to 90 minutes across multiple visits.
A 2008 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Dr. Jenny Alsop has a special enthusiasm for contact lenses and leans on the talents of an ophthalmic assistant to help clients to determine whether contacts, glasses, or binoculars are the right choice. Licensed optometrists evaluate and correct clients' vision, leveraging know-how with digital retinal photography, laser tomography, and corneal mapping to document eye conditions and detect disease.
The office's walls are lined with hundreds of designer frames by brands such as Nautica, Maui Jim, and Kate Spade. An onsite optical laboratory fits the frames with custom lenses with features including antireflective coating and custom tinting, sometimes offering same-day service.
At Eye 2 Eye Optometric Center, Matthew L. Gada, OD, leverages 15 years of eyecare experience to thoroughly assess customers’ ocular orbs and prescribe corrective lenses or contacts. With meticulous skill and state-of-the art equipment, Dr. Gada snaps retinal photos to check for eye disease and conducts a refraction test to determine the appropriate prescription. His office stocks an array of frames or yoked monocles, with styles from designers such as Calvin Klein, Fendi, Oakley, and Vera Wang.