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.
The optometrists at Visual Health Doctors of Optometry tap into stored expertise during comprehensive exams assisted by a high-tech computer and a wisecracking flashlight at Visual Health's three Virginia locations. After emerging from exams clutching accurate eye prescriptions, customers peruse the showroom with the help of multilingual staff members, who show off designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ted Baker, and Calvin Klein. After selecting frames, technicians in the onsite lab craft standard, Crizal, or Varilux premium lenses, a Visual Health Doctors of Optometry speciality, or place orders for contacts.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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The doctors at Oliver Opticians demonstrate their passion for eye care by guarding their patients against glaucoma and cataracts with thorough exams. This passion is also visible in their boutique selection of designer frames, including shelves of frames from the likes of Gucci, Mykita, Prada, Sama, Ray-Ban, Modo, and Prodesign. Doctors also fit peepers with contact lenses—an important process they carry out with precision because some eyes are shaped like cubes.
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.