At Derickson Vision Consultants, complimentary snacks and refreshments greet visitors before Dr. Derickson—a board-certified optometric physician—and his compatriots utilize state-of-the-art equipment to examine eyes and ocular health. Taking the guesswork out of eye measurements, the staff avoids the continual barrage of "better or worse," questions and instead uses retinal-reflection refractive instruments to determine prescriptions. Meanwhile, kids can watch movies in an optical playhouse, and Dr. Derickson, also a certified aviation vision specialist and a private pilot himself, assists pilots with their vision difficulties and helps them avoid mistakenly landing on fashion-show runways.
While the ophthalmologists at First Coast Eye Care might focus on peepers, aesthetician Lana Switzer cares for the whole face. At Skin Rejuvenation Center—located inside the Eye Care office—she fends off crow's feet with facials, laser treatments, and beauty injections. Lana's aim is not only to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging, but also to prevent them with healthful skincare regimes and creative visualization of soft, smooth baby cheeks. She carefully analyzes her clients' complexions before recommending medical-grade product lines, such as Image and Obagi.
Gulani Vision Institute, on the south side, is a full spectrum LASIK surgery facility, which performs over 40 different varieties of corrective eye surgeries and types of LASIK for a variety of issues, including cataracts, dry eye and corneal transplant. Dr. Arun Gulani is a world-renowned eye surgeon and LASIK specialist, as well as the founding director of the Institute. The institute is a true state of the art facility, which is well lit and peppered with information in each and every area of the office. Wall art and brochures, pamphlets and televised informationals on procedures are the norm, as are the glass enclosed treatment and examination rooms, which are outfitted with modern-day equipment and comfortable surroundings. From the light oak floors to the eggshell walls, the facility is immaculate and well designed. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and a consultation is free.
Two thousand pairs of designer frames pepper the walls of My Eyelab's various locations. Clients fresh from an exam with one of the onsite opticians swim through that sea of options, examining spectacles and trying them on to see which pairs will be accepted by their noses. With so many prescription and sunglass options to choose from, customers are able to find many pairs that match their personal style. And with specialty features like flexible arms and shatter-resistant lenses, specs are also customized to wearers' needs. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to My Eyelab stores.
David and Allison Falden are card-carrying eye experts. As Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry, they delve into treatment areas ranging from pediatric vision therapy to specialty contact lenses. They also keep eyes focused with treatments for a range of common vision maladies, adjusting prescriptions with routine exams, performing visual rehabilitation for stroke patients, or designing a monocle big enough to fit the mind’s eye. Their practice’s frame shop helps eyes look as sharp as they feel with designer glasses from brands such as Nike, Dior, and Fendi.
At his self-named eye and laser institute, Dr. John Vassallo puts his extensive training as a surgeon into practice. His specialties include eye plastic and muscle surgery, lens implants, laser surgery, and LASIK, a quick laser procedure that restores patients’ once-clear vision. This is not to say that Dr. Vassallo doesn’t provide preventative care, however; he also performs eye exams and glasses and contact-lens fittings.