Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
Glasses Galore's eyewear aims to merge crystal-clear vision with high fashion. Tending first to sight, doctors scrutinize eyes during exams before recommending the lenses that will best suit each client’s vision and lifestyle needs. Eyes can blink through lens styles including no-glare and progressive, which transition seamlessly between near, intermediate, distance, peripheral, and interstellar vision. An equally diverse selection of contact lenses caters to the frame-free with daily-wear and specialty options. In the fashion-focused showroom, designer frames by Coach, Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Tiffany & Co. rest in display cases or atop Groucho Marx mustaches.
Coach, Vera Wang, and DKNY rank among the designer brand names you'll find emblazoned on frames at Everything Optical. And because they're marked at wholesale prices, the glasses here can fit into most budgets. The same goes for contact lenses: Everything Optical's prices compare to those of mail-order packages. If you accidentally scratch or crack your fresh specs, the shop's staff can usually repair them the same day.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Back in his army days, Dr. Harold Byer, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, garnered several science commendations for his work with lasers as he developed laser-protective materials, studied laser physics, and observed the effects of lasers on eyeballs. This enthusiasm for technology led him toward a career in ophthalmology, where he performs refractive and cosmetic surgeries.
Dr. Byer has improved the vision of more than 10,000 LASIK patients to date and has cleared many eyes of cloudy cataracts. Through plastic surgery, he is able to rejuvenate tired eyes with eyelid lifts and with less-invasive cosmetic injections that iron out smile lines, frown lines, and crow's-feet.