Mers Optical's locations in Hialeah West is chock-full of designer frames well suited for all manner of face shapes and personal styles. Independent doctors of optometry administer thorough eye exams, passing the results off to lens grinders who churn out single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses and fit them into frames from the likes of Lacoste, Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Mr. Potato Head.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Since its founding in 1961, Pearle Vision has grown from a single office in Savannah, Georgia, to a nationwide chain with more than 600 locations. Each store maintains the core values of attentive customer care and expedited service on which the company was founded. Optometrists sharpen patients' vision by first assessing eye acuity and health via thorough exams. Then, staff members help you pick out face-flattering frames from high-end brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Caviar, and Ray-Ban. Lenses are crafted from materials ranging from plastic to ultra-lightweight polycarbonate.
Lourdes Cano, D.M.D., worked in a prestigious Cuban polyclinic before immigrating to the United States to found Cano Medical Dental, a clinic that houses a team of doctors, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors under one roof. The assorted physicians accept most major insurance plans for services ranging from diabetes treatment to biopsies to cosmetic dentistry. Cano Medical Dental treats patients six days a week and clients should call ahead to book appointments, as they do when making dinner reservations at fancy restaurants or their grandma’s tiny kitchen table.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
SilverLakes Eye Care's board-certified optometric physician, Farin Boyle, has the knowledge and experience to treat a wide variety of eye conditions. After earning his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Boyle spent two years at the renowned Rand Eye Institute, training extensively in surgical procedures for cataracts and glaucoma, as well as vision-correcting LASIK surgery. As a National Board Examiner, Dr. Boyle is responsible for determining whether or not graduating doctors receive optometry licensure.
Dr. Boyle and his staff use advanced technology to complete eye exams, employing computerized instruments that, like the robotic third and fourth arms Mary Poppins wore, are designed to supplement rather than replace personalized care. The office also features an onsite lab that can fabricate most prescriptions in about an hour.