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 fashion 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 eyewear experts 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.
Dr. Boyle specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye, and also performs general family optometry and administers emergency care. Leather sofas and green plants add a homey touch to the office, where patients try on frames by Vera Wang and Eddie Bauer. Once they've selected the frame or shoulder-perched monkey who will hold their lenses in place, customers peruse panes by Varilux, Hoya, and Kodak, available in a wide variety of materials and styles.
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.
After scouring Manhattan in search of affordable eye care for his six children, Dr. Richard Presley decided to take matters into his own hands. He had already spent years in practice when he founded Success Vision in 1999, and he drew on this experience to pair accurate prescription lenses with stylish frames. Rather than restrict himself to the latest whims of designers, Dr. Presley reduces costs for his customers by offering his own brand of frames. At Success Vision?s speedy on-site laboratory, technicians fit these frames with prescription lenses and x-ray capabilities within an hour.
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.