Trained at Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital and Indiana University—one of the nation's top-ranked optometry schools—Dr. Jeff Brewer now leads a trio of doctors whose backgrounds include pediatric eye care and volunteer work in Guatemala and Afghanistan. The doctors put their varied experiences to work during routine eye exams, utilizing Optomap retinal-scan technology to create a map that, in about one-fourth of a second, reveals 80% of the retina's surface and 90% of the terrible things witnessed at Six Flags. This process gives an accurate window into the health of the eye without the need to dilate the patient's iris, a process that can be uncomfortable for children or people who are sensitive to light.
After issuing a fresh prescription, the team also helps patients select frames from racks stocked with designer eyewear from brands including Armani, Coach, and Maui Jim.
Poor vision has met it's match with laser surgery at Omaha Eye and Laser Institute. Its advanced iLASIK system maps out every eye's unique optical flaws, which improves the precision and accuracy of the vision-correction procedure and allows for complete customization. Like ice skates from the future, the procedure is driven by lasers and is blade-free, which allows for a more customized procedure. The staff is also adept at treating cataracts and eye disease via surgery.
Stanton Optical treats shoppers to a selection of more than 3,000 frames from designers such as BCBG, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein. Their optometric physicians calibrate fresh prescriptions before patients browse the wealth of frames and then select from brands of lenses such as Sola, Zeiss, and Transitions, which alternate between clear and tinted to protect eyes from sun rays and help them absorb the zinc found in moon rays. For those who prefer frame-free faces, Stanton Optical also outfits eyes with contacts by Acuvue and Bausch + Lomb.
Optometrist Dr. Shannon Elwood pairs blinkers with their prescriptions before aiming gazes toward Definitive Vision's trove of designer frames. A 30-minute eye exam peers into sclera to gauge overall optical health and pinpoint the best lenses ($65–$650) for improved sight, as well as test for glaucoma and the soft sizzling noise that indicates early-onset heat vision. Sight seekers can then peruse an array of designer frames ($120–$390) from such brands as Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, and Gucci. Border peepers with Carrera frames for a sharp, vintage look, or ogle from behind BCBG designs, which incorporate faceted and textured metals to keep invention ideas from tunneling through temples. For a less visible method of clarification, patrons can upgrade to a contact-lens fitting and exam for an additional $65.
Linda and Tom Gardner founded 20/20 Vision Wear, where Tom harnesses his 35 years of experience and position as the president of the Opticians Association of Iowa to help fit faces with an array of lenses and stylish, brand-name frames. The clinic boasts speedy fittings and more than 1,000 frames ($30–$250) on display from brands such as Guess, Nike, and Kate Spade, ensuring customers can find a spiffy pair of sight improvers that sit snugly and fashionably on noses. Single-vision lenses start at $59, and 20/20 Vision Wear's specialty—no-line bifocals—are also available, as well as prescription sunglasses, which customers can wear indoors at all times to prove their hipness or to chicly conceal the treasure maps sketched on their eyelids.