Eyeglass Factory combines 30 years of retail experience with a huge selection of stylish eyewear, which made it a finalist in the Santa Barbara Independent's Best of 2012 competition. After optometrists examine eyes at a convenient next-door location, customers can browse the collection of budget-friendly and designer brands. Staffers can handcraft lenses within onsite production laboratories in less than an hour, with the notable exception of clown-size prescription trifocals.
For more than 15 years, the caring crew at Eyeglass Factory has provided free services and glasses to people in the community who cannot afford vision care. Eyeglass Factory works in conjunction with Surgical Eye Expeditions International (SEE), a Santa Barbara?based nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that optical health is within everyone's reach.
Empire Eye & Laser Center operates under the watchful eyes of Drs. Joseph and Daniel Chang, brothers who each boast highly accomplished professional backgrounds. Joseph currently serves as Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, demonstrating current methods of cataract surgery and banging erasers together for the school's resident surgeons. Daniel, a former chief resident in ophthalmology at Emory University, recently spoke at an international conference on lens implants and volunteers as a surgeon for his own foundation that accommodates patients with little or no insurance.
They, along with four other physicians and one laser aesthetic nurse, perform treatments from a menu divided into two sections: see better and look better. See better treatments tackle a range of ocular needs, from eye exams for kids and adults to LASIK surgery for patients such as MLB pitcher Colby Lewis. Oculoplastic surgeries populate the look better section, as well as laser cosmetic treatments that decimate hair and signs of age.
With locations in 13 states across America, Stanton Optical helps clients from Georgia to California achieve better vision with prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contacts. Its shelves are stocked with more than 3,000 frames and sunglasses from high-end brands, including Coach, Calvin Klein, and Armani. Full-service onsite labs help optometrists immediately craft glasses and clone monocles without the delay of sending eyewear elsewhere. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to Stanton Optical stores.
Like any detective, Dr. William Shaffer sometimes fields tough cases. He might have to scout out the perfect contact lens for a hard-to-fit pair of eyes, glasses small enough for a baby, or the right glaucoma treatment. He takes on each visitor with the same cheer and ease, however?after more than 30 years of running a practice in Oxnard, he's learned how to navigate the tricky as well as the routine examples.
Dr. Shaffer examines eyes with standard check-ups and specialty procedures, such as corneal topography measures and glaucoma checks. He determines prescriptions for corrective lenses?glasses or contacts?and helps clients to browse a selection of frames, including specs from Guess and Ray-Ban. Above all, his office emphasizes convenience for families. It boasts eyewear for all ages, an on-site lab for quick repairs, and a bilingual staff.
As a child, Marcela Gonzalez would play with her mother's makeup. She had a blast by mixing red lipsticks with blue eye shadows, creating her own untamed looks on her face and on those in the witness protection program. When she grew older, she began to experiment her makeup techniques on friends and came to realize that she had developed a true passion for the art of makeup application. Today, Marcela is a certified professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, implementing the same flair for beauty and creativity that she had as a child in her present-day beauty services. She specializes in bridal makeup services and skincare treatments while also offering tanning, waxing, and hair services with the help of a similarly talented staff.
Ophthalmologic accomplishments and accolades abound on Dr. Paul Nazemi's CV. During his journey to become a board-certified fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, he studied at USC's Doheny Eye Institute and by the side of a world-renowned oculoplastic surgeon. He's presented lectures, published articles, and researched faster ways to diagnose eye diseases, such as 3D testing and running everywhere. In addition to performing eyelid lifts, treating conditions such as cataracts, dry eyes, and eye injuries, and detecting and managing glaucoma at Thousand Oaks Eye Center, he's also a clinical instructor in the USC Department of Ophthalmology.