Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
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+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision. While prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at about $120 (basic uncoated plastic) and $215 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN anti-glare complete lenses ($315) are lightweight heavyweights.
Wing Eyecare's peeper specialists outfit customers' fashion-conscious focusers with hundreds of plastic, metal, and rimless designer frames ($189+). Customers can peruse the vast array of optical enhancers by designers such as Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, and Prada before inquiring about single-vision lenses ($203) and x-ray upgrades. Sunglasses by Oakley, Vera Bradley, and Tommy Bahama, among others, defend sensitive baby blues by obstructing bright sun sparklies. All of Wing Eyecare's sunglasses options provide customers with 100% UVA and UVB protection to keep delicate eyes safe from the aggression of the sun's ultra-violent rays.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Dr. Martin E. Burger of LASIK Specialists LLC tallies more than 69,000 successful LASIK procedures on an extensive resume. Fully immersed in the realm of refractive surgery, Dr. Burger has been a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the American Osteopathic Association. Many patients who depend on their sight for their livelihood—including pilots, commercial drivers, and seeing-eye dogs—have sought out Dr. Burger for LASIK procedures, which can help completely eradicate the need for glasses or contacts. His practice also encompasses a friendly staff and multiple laser technologies.
As director of CEI’s Laser Vision Center, Dr. Gary A. Varley uses his expertise in laser vision correction to help patients achieve perfect sight. The first step to lens-free visual clarity is a preliminary screening and consultation where customers meet with Dr. Varley to make sure their ocular health and disposition toward laser tag do not hinder their eligibility for LASIK surgery ($4,495 for both eyes). During the procedure, patients will fix their eyes on a red target light as Dr. Varley precisely calibrates corneas for optimal eyesight. After the surgery, which takes only a few minutes to complete and involves minimal discomfort, patients enjoy a speedy recovery, a year of care and checkups, and the ability to clearly see their alarm clock or look their wakeup rooster in the eye.