Growing up in Benton, Kansas, fourth-grade pals Monte Ysidro and Jason Bell were probably more focused on seeing the chalkboard clearly than opening a collection of high-end optical boutiques. And yet, beginning in 2002, that's just what they did, starting out humbly in a 10'x10' kiosk at a local mall. Today, friendly staffers at each Specs location point guests in the direction of designer frames and prescription sunglasses by brands such as Gucci and Versace. The crew also employs advanced technology to create lenses with high-performance coatings, custom-fit curves, and high definition, which allow wearers to make out the moon's facial expression.
Opticology Eyecare’s Dr. Greyson Barger stresses the importance of routine eye care and starts examining the eyes of patients as young as 6 months. These exams allow him to check for more than just eye problems—he can also check for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. When performing the exam, Dr. Barger wields the Icare tonometer to check eye pressure, which, unlike using an air-puff test or blowing into a patient’s eyes, reduces patient discomfort.
Eye Care Associates of Manhattan has cleared up the sight of local residents since 1958, continuing the proud tradition of a friendly neighborhood eye clinic under the stewardship of husband-and-wife Doctors Matthew Stanley and Darcy D. Stanley. Though Dr. Darcy is on temporary leave after the birth of the couple’s second child, both optometrists bring a wealth of professional training and experience to the table, with degrees from the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry (where the pair met) and special skills in pediatric vision care and eye-disease diagnosis.
The in-office lab speedily builds new lenses to each patient's prescription, and the stock of fitted contact lenses corrects astigmatism, keratoconus, and myopia in a single visit. The ocular experts thoroughly assess and treat a wide range of vision problems, with LASIK procedures that negate the need for glasses and monocles, pediatric and infant exams to capture vision problems early, and EyeMaginations education software to give patients the unique out-of-body experience of observing and studying human vision. After doctors zero in on an exact prescription, patients can peruse the tiny labels of more than 20 well-known designers, including Vera Wang, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, and Giorgio Armani.