With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Photographs of locals sporting designer frames grace the walls of Gainesville Opticians’ latest display room, cluing first-time visitors in to the optical boutique’s long history as a community staple. One of the staff’s licensed opticians began her relationship with the store as a customer at the age of 8; this kind of decades-long dedication remains a point of pride among the entire staff, who specialize in crafting lens-and-frame combinations that blend functionality with style from the ocular world’s top designers. Rather than rush through the all-important fitting process, staff members will gladly take up to two hours to walk each customer through the store's frame collections, matching their personal style with selections from Paul Smith, Lunor, Ray-Ban, and others. The store’s eyewear sign-out policy allows customers to take a set of frames home before buying, ensuring that the glasses in question don’t clash with territorial hats and scarves.
At Alligator Island Optical, licensed opticians Lori and Gary Knowland and optometric physician Dr. Patricia Bailey work together to protect patients' sight and fortify their sense of style. Eye exams help test for vision problems such as glaucoma, while a selection of designer eye wear from brands such as Tag Heuer, Tommy Bahama, and Lilly Pulitzer ensures patients looking as sharp as nearly object that falls within their field of vision. Besides fitting patients for new glasses or contacts, the shop also has experience fitting new lenses into antique frames, which is great for anyone who wants a vintage look or to confuse future anthropologists.
Though it may be just you and your board gliding through a riptide or across hot pavement, a trip to FreeRide Surf & Skate Shop involves actual human interaction. Here, surfers and skaters take a break from board-based exploits to outfit themselves in shorts and bikinis accessorized by Ray-Ban or Oakley sunglasses and sandals from Reef and Vans. Surfboards, longboards, and skateboards—ready to conquer bustling streets, open shorelines, or particularly deep bathtubs—fill the store. If customers can’t find exactly what they are looking for, staffers will special order most items, working hard to match the price and cover shipping on most items.
Each Eye Doctor?s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop?s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp?s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
At his self-named eye and laser institute, Dr. John Vassallo puts his extensive training as a surgeon into practice. His specialties include eye plastic and muscle surgery, lens implants, laser surgery, and LASIK, a quick laser procedure that restores patients’ once-clear vision. This is not to say that Dr. Vassallo doesn’t provide preventative care, however; he also performs eye exams and glasses and contact-lens fittings.