Douglas J. Lavenburg, M.D. leads a team of optometrists that oversees the welfare of patients’ eyes and vision with up-to-date optometric techniques. But their services extend beyond eye exams, vision correction, and LASIK surgery. Microdermabrasions, pulsed-light hair removal, and Botox revamp complexions, and facials sprinkled with Obagi professional skin products, keep wrinkles at bay.
Headed by veteran ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon Dr. Frank Owczarek, Eye Care of Delaware fixes faulty vision in a welcoming and attentive environment. Patients begin their ocular odyssey with an initial one-hour consultation to evaluate whether they’re eligible for LASIK. Unlike a staring contest with a stuffed leopard, the surgery itself takes less than one hour, starting with eye-numbing drops to ease discomfort and a detailed, computerized mapping of the eye for high-precision surgery. During the procedure, a powerful laser reshapes the tissue of the cornea, changing the eye's shape to better focus light on visual receptors. Most patients report an uncomfortable pressure during the process, though the sensation is generally mild.
Locally-owned and operated, Singer Specs/Sterling Optical celebrates their 25th anniversary at their Exton location this year. Drawing from more than 100 years of combined experience in the optical business, the staff introduces customers' façades to face-flattering frames. Picking from a vast selection of eyewear, the eye experts equip patrons with stylish prescription sunglasses, bifocals, and other specs designed to fit various vision needs. To ensure the perfect pair, the staff administers eye exams and adjusts glasses to sit snuggly on the temples or on the family dog's tail.
Vision Source Philadelphia’s network of boutiques and optometrists’ offices protects patients’ vision with exams and eyewear. Each location’s optical experts care for eyesight with treatments such as laser vision correction, glaucoma diagnoses, and emergency care, as well as assessing prescriptions. Then, galleries grace nose-bridges with frames from brands such as Ted Baker, Gucci, Dior, and Armani.
In the words of the late Dr. Daniel Messinger, whose daughter and granddaughter now helm Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, “We’ve been doing this for 100 years—we must be doing something right.” Overseen by the fourth and fifth generation of family that founded the company in 1888, the sense of history carries over into its opticians’ daily practice—they’ve been seeing many of their clients for decades, and bestow fast emergency services upon them whenever a client damages a lens or tries to stretch their frames to fit a family portrait inside. The personalized attention heaped upon each customer shines through in the services provided, which include technicians that grind and surface all lenses on-site in the flagship location’s lab, often fitting them into frames for next-day pick-up.
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.