When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.
Glasses frames have come a long way from the clunky, squarish black frames that were originally used to punish children for squinting in church. Choice Vision offers a plethora of sophisticated, stylish, and comfortable frames from designer brands such as Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Dior, Gucci, and the guiding light of global fashion, SpongeBob SquarePants. Ladies will find the perfect design to adjective their vocation of choice with "hip," while dudes can score some retro frames that surround their head in a glittering haze of irony. Frames range from $75 to more than $500.
Disguised in wetsuits, flippers, and diving masks, humans almost seem indistinguishable from the scores of aquatic life that thrive among the San Diego coastline. In the water, curious sea lions tug playfully at divers' fins, and thick stalks of kelp wave like Queen Elizabeth telling the gathered crowd to go home already. With access to five separate sites in which to see such wonders, the guides at San Diego Excellent Adventures tailor their adventures?whether snorkeling, diving, or paddling?around the experience level of each tour group, ensuring an easy assimilation to undersea life.
During guided dives along La Jolla Shores, swimmers peer in on frolicking creatures such as lobsters, octopuses, and leopard sharks, and standup paddleboards grant access to Mission Bay's shoreline views previously seen only by terribly lost Venetian gondoliers. Currently the largest manmade bay in the country, Mission is known for its calm waters suited to beginners just learning to explore the ocean.
With more than 20 years of experience enhancing eyeballs with laser technology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman helps clear up fuzzy views with a compassionate approach and high-tech tools. Lasik surgery is the most-performed laser vision-correction procedure for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, with a high rate of procedures resulting in clear vision. In a Lasik procedure, the doctor reshapes the cornea with highly precise lasers so that the eye refracts light directly onto the retina, sharpening the eye’s vision. Very similar to Lasik, PRK surgery reshapes the surface of the cornea, rather than tissue under the corneal flap, to improve vision in the same way that Lasik does. The PRK procedure can be a better fit for those with thin corneas, large pupils, or a risk of injury on the job or while participating in sports.
Dr. Tania Stevens has been administering eye exams for more than 15 years. She doesn't just pinpoint prescriptions—during comprehensive checkups at Optometry Cabana, Dr. Stevens also uses equipment such as retinal cameras and computerized systems to screen for ocular health issues such as glaucoma and cataracts. She's happy to answer any questions you might have about anything from LASIK to vision issues caused by computer use.
Outside of the examination room, friendly staffers—who speak both English and Spanish—help patients peruse a selection of stylish frames from the likes of Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Oakley, and other designers. They can also recommend different types of contacts and tell you how to order them at home via Optometry Cabana's partner company, ReorderContacts.com.
Eye surgery can be pricey as even the evaluations used to determine candidacy can cost hundreds of dollars. But at Yaldo Eye Center, the evaluations for advanced vision-correction procedures are free. If they're deemed a good candidate, patients may opt for a topography-guided LASIK procedure. The technology maps the patient's cornea by measuring nearly 7,000 points of light, meaning it can treat even the most subtle vision distortions. In addition to a variety of LASIK procedures, the ophthalmologists and optometrists at Yaldo Eye Center treat all manner of eye diseases including glaucoma and macular degeneration and perform eyelid surgeries to make faces appear younger.