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.
Doctors Todd Saniszewski and Nora Clancy leverage a combined 38+ years of professional experience at Advanced Eye Care of Michigan, which is both a high-end store and an optometrist's office. They see their patients in onsite private offices, offering them guidance and information on any conditions or issues they may be facing. For clients in need of glasses or another prescription, Advanced Eye Care boasts a vast selection of brand-name frames in the front of the shop, and the staff equips them with custom-made lenses. The doctors' eye examinations can discover eye illnesses as well as test for the need for glasses or a third eye. Doctors Todd and Nora also have extensive training in the co-management of LASIK and cataract surgery. They take great pride in their staff, which works to make every visit to their office a simple one, instead of a convoluted symposium on insurance minutiae.
Helmed by a trio of physicians, Grosse Point Eye Center and Med Spa provides a unique combination of eye care, eyewear, and med-spa services. Since 1979, the clinic has served as a space for maintaining and repairing eye-organs with exams, cataract surgeries, and an eyewear boutique carrying brands for both adults and children. The business's med-spa branch, meanwhile, is home to beauty-boosting treatments such as Botox injections, medical-grade chemical peels, and Latisse prescriptions written by an extra-long eyelash dipped in ink.
The optometrists at eyeQ optical help patients protect their eyesight with preventative care. They treat these patients to comprehensive exams, zeroing in on exact prescriptions and checking for maladies such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes.
After the exam, specialists guide patients toward a stunning array of old-fashioned and ultramodern frames from labels such as Laura Ashley, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Dakota Smith. They then fashion glasses to patients' exact specifications and needs, with optional coatings that enhance scratch resistance, UV blockage, antireflective qualities, and the ability to see the world in all three dimensions.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
The ocular experts at Smeelink Optical frame out- of-focus eyes in calibrated corrective lenses and more than 1,000 designer frames from brands including Oakley, Prada, Versace, and Gucci. In approximately 60-minutes, trained optometrists test for a gamut of ocular issues including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and wandering third eyes. Exam results identify the ideal set of corrective lenses ($99+) from a collection of polycarbonate, transitions, polarized, and multifocal fillers to nestle inside a selection of traditional, trendy, and natural-material frames ($99+). Basic frames ($99+) appease minimalist eyes, and vogue Gucci or Coach frames ($189–$369) make seeing feel stylish and fancy, like watching expensively dressed strangers in a hotel lobby.
Though Professional Eyecare Center lines its walls with designer frames from brands such as Gucci, Fendi, and Ray-Ban, its staff remains fixated on overall eye health. The team offers preventative eye exams, pre- and post-surgery care, and LASIK consultations for those who may be eligible for permanent vision correction. Team members also perform consultations and examinations designed to reveal signs of trouble and to pair patients with lenses that will finally allow them to find needles in haystacks or craft stores with minimal signage.