Though Laser Eye Center has been around since 1986, its technology is nothing less than modern. Treatment rooms at the five surgery centers boast Allegretto Wave and IntraLase FS Laser systems, developed to reduce near and farsightedness, as well as astigmatisms and blinks stuck mid-morse code. But just as important as the technology are the surgeons, who have completed extensive training to pilot these systems and perform other sight-bolstering treatments. It's these factors that have helped surgeons, both past and present, perform over 200,000 vision-correction procedures.
At Essential Medical Clinic, Dr. Bahrami marries general medicine with cosmetic treatments. The physician and staff see patients for everything from gynecological exams to treatment for heart disease and counseling for anxiety and depression. In the aesthetics department, Dr. Bahrami calls upon laser therapy, chemical peels, and Obagi products to quell skin concerns such as acne, age spots, and unwanted hair. He smoothes out wrinkles with dermal fillers and scotch tape and dissolves fat and cellulite with body-contouring systems. The doctor also helps overweight patients shed the extra pounds with personalized diet plans fortified by hCG hormones and B12 injections.
Whether patients speak English or Spanish, there's little chance they'll have trouble communicating at Salud Digna. That's because Dr. Sergio Ortiz, the 20-year optometry veteran who runs the office, works with an entirely bilingual staff. During comprehensive eye exams, Dr. Ortiz checks vision and screens for diseases from cataracts to diabetes. Staffers then help patients select from a supply of frames that includes styles from Ray-Ban, DKNY, and Anne Klein.
Exams aside, the team does good for more than just the eyes. Licensed as a community clinic by the state of California, Salud provides high-quality optometry on a flexible scale, allowing them to help as many people as possible and ensuring that every customer who chooses them is helping to get others affordable eye care.
Blackstone Optometry, located in Los Feliz, is a Google Glass preferred provider and offers four different Google Glass frames, while also selling designer frames and contact lenses. Their Icare Tonometer makes customers eye exams more pleasant, for those stopping in to check their vision. The staff is friendly and put customers at ease by answering all of their questions with the best customer service. They also present a range of treatments and advice from eyeglasses and contact lenses to refractive or therapeutic surgeries depending on the needs of the patient. Blacksotone sells MacuHealth vitamins and Nordic Naturals Pro Omega soft gels for healthy eye maintenance, and also gives back to the local community through a number of educationally related charities.
If you don’t want the cookie-cutter glasses from most chain stores and instead crave unique eyewear to reflect your personality, then LA Eyeworks is the place for you. Known for well-designed and unusual frames, this Beverly Boulevard outpost – with another location on Melrose Ave. – is the showroom for LA Eyeworks’ own long-running designs. In addition to trendy, artsy eyeglass frames, the store sells various gift items, many from local businesses, and related paraphernalia to help round out any look. Located in a stark white building, the airy open store is famous for their witty and topical window displays; staff is always helpful and dedicated to helping you find the right frames for your face, although don’t be surprised to pay true boutique prices.
Though he dedicates part of his time to researching eye diseases, Dr. Paul First specializes in LASIK eye surgery, a procedure he’s performed more than 8,000 times during his 17-year career. Calling on his steady hand and the latest advanced equipment from WavePrint, he removes blurring tissue from the cornea to help eyes focus, typically sharpening vision to 20/20 or greater. Apart from his own practice, Dr. First serves as part of the University of Southern California’s ophthalmology residency program’s teaching faculty, and hopes to one day travel to Mt. Rushmore and convince Teddy Roosevelt to ditch the glasses.