Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
In Greek mythology, Argos was a hero and a giant who was said to possess nearly 100 ever-watchful eyes. Though they couldn't possibly help clients see that well, optical surgeons Dr. Elena Mier Trotter, MD and Dr. Selvin Gnannakkan, O.D. want to try. As the resident physicians at Argos Vision and Eye Care Center, they use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat ocular diseases ranging from the common to the complex.
In addition to preventative care, they also perform routine exams to check visual acuity and weed out which patients are actually under the control of tiny robots living behind their eyes. These exams can lead to custom fittings for soft or rigid contact lenses as well as glasses lenses. In the case of the latter, patients may be turned over to optician Alex Finkelshteyn, who will fit them for designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Persol.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides trusted community doctors and a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames.
Together with company president Sue Downes, they equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them and MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Gucci, Coach, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
Since 1984, the ocular experts at Luxoptics and Eyeland have been performing high-tech exams in an effort to provide clients with fitted contacts and frames. The staff’s comprehensive exams typically involve computerized tests that zero in on issues and reveal hard-to-see problems such as tissue damage or worrisome buildups of loose pennies. Once eyes have been thoroughly examined, clients can select single-vision, transition, polarized, and bifocal lenses to pair with frames from high-end brands such as Bulgari, Dolce and Gabbana, and Prada.
Understanding that eyes are delicate organs, Dr. Michael Khalil emphasizes the value of trust between optometrist and patient. He earns this trust with his nearly four decades of experience, which includes certifications in laser-correction consultation and the treatment of certain eye diseases. His real passion, however, is pairing “hard-to-fit” patients with contacts that more easily accommodate thin corneas or glowing triangular pupils. In addition to assessing visual acuity and testing for cataracts, glaucoma, and other issues, Dr. Khalil stocks his shelves with fashionable frames from top-name designers, such as Prada, Gucci, and Hugo Boss.
The Eye Institute of Reston’s head optometrist, Dr. Sheebani Bathija, helps clients view the world with 20/20 clarity. During regular eye exams, the doctor makes sure eyesight is up to snuff by asking patients to read letters on the Snellen chart or the cursive scribbles in her 5th grade diary. Those in need of ocular assistance can assemble their own pair of prescription glasses with their choice of lenses and designer frames from brands such as Nike, Michael Kors, and Valentino. Guests who wish to live glasses-free can also opt for contact lenses, or sit down with Dr. Bathija to discuss laser vision correction.