In 1955, the world saw many famous firsts: President Eisenhower hosted the first televised presidential news conference, Gunsmoke began its legendary run, and Fortney Eyecare Associates opened its first practice. Today, a quintet of locations hosts board-certified doctors of optometry ready to keep Detroit peepers healthy and focused. After thorough exams, patients can decamp to Fortney’s frame shops, which house designer eyewear from labels including Ray-Ban, Prada, Nike, and Versace.
In addition to general eyewear, the practice also specializes in safety eyewear, working with businesses to supply and repair the type of industrial eyewear that's best for each workplace or astigmatic traffic cones. The national administrator of General Motors' prescription safety eyewear program since 1992, Fortney was hailed GM’s Supplier of the Year for its no-nonsense professional chops.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Zeldes has been diagnosing and correcting wayward eyesight at his eponymous clinic since 2003, aided by his team of opticians and laser eye-surgery technicians. With a steady hand and sneeze-suppressing abilities, Dr. Zeldes employs his surgical expertise to excise cloudy cataracts or reshape corneas with LASIK treatments. His prescriptions can be used to fill frames from his online shop with single-vision or progressive lenses that resist glare and scratches with protective coatings.
The staff at Seen Vision Care follows a simple mission: to help patients see more clearly and look their best while doing it. Before fitting faces to frames, experienced eye doctors thoroughly asses the health of each patient's vision during exams, precisely calculating prescriptions with an advanced Eyelogic system that accurately measures eyeball length, shape, and laser-shooting ability. Seen Vision Care gives clients a chance to personalize their eyewear with more than 2,000 designer frames from brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Tom Ford, and custom-made lenses available in antiglare, transition, and polarized formats.
Refractive surgeon Dr. Hasan Hakim doesn’t just perform LASIK surgery—he was involved in the FDA trials of the excimer laser used in LASIK during his time at the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has kept abreast of cutting-edge developments in vision restoration, from the evolution of LASIK and PRK surgeries to the replacement of eyes with miniature owls. With 5,000 vision-correction procedures already under his belt, Dr. Hakim continues to tend to peepers with deft hands and state-of-the-art technology, performing both incision and laser procedures to bring the world back into focus for those struggling to read street signs or tea leaves. A full stock of Acuvue contacts and frames by Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein helps Dr. Hakim perform more conventional vision enhancements.
In 1974, the founders of Northville Vision Clinic couldn’t have predicted the technology that would shape their business four decades in the future. Now, Dr. Martin Levin and his team of ocular experts wield powerful sight-enhancing technology that allows them to quickly examine the inner workings of eyes. Retinal cameras photograph the interior of they eye without the need to dilate the pupil. A computer-guided autorefractor machine measures the prescription of each eye automatically, saving patients the hassle of looking through myriad lenses and sitting through tedious slideshows of the eye-chart’s visit to other exam-room walls. Smart Mirror technology lets customers view simulations of themselves wearing any frame or lens so they can judge material thickness, magnification, and the color of tinted contact lenses in their eyes.
SVS Vision 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 60 locations sprawled across 8 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 Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.