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.
The board-certified optometrists at Total Vision Eye Health Associates alleviate ocular ailments with thorough eye examinations and frames from well-known brands. During the one-hour examination, expert technicians wield advanced equipment to scrutinize orbs for overall eye health and diagnose vision strength. Next, opticians collaborate with each patient to measure lens prescriptions, answer questions, and make recommendations regarding personal-vision concerns or vacation destinations. With today's second option, the friendly staff will help clients find the perfect sight enhancers from single-vision ($50+), bifocal ($89+), trifocal ($125+), or progressive ($220+) lenses to frames from designers such as Kate Spade, Dior, and Nike ($59–$700). An arsenal of additions personalize eyewear even further, with customizable lenses boasting antireflective and scratch-resistant technology, or miniature windshield wipers.
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.
Helmed by vision-boosting veteran Dr. Michael Lange, Lange Eye Care & Associates enhances on-the-fritz ocular orbs with a wide selection of fetching specs. The showroom furnishes frames ($69–$200) from popular brands such as Vera Bradley, Charmant, Claiborne, and Essence, attractively encircling eyes and lending wearers an air of wisdom only otherwise attainable by being friends with an owl. Lenses come in a range of styles and materials, from single-vision plastic lenses ($77+) to no-line bifocal plastic lenses ($285+), which correct sight with discrete dual prescriptions. Friendly opticians aid guests in their quest for the perfect pair of glasses, offering suggestions based on look, lifestyle, and professional need to whip off frames in baffled surprise.
There's a theory that if one practices a specific task 10,000 times, he or she becomes an expert. By this measure, Dr. Gregory Snodgrass is an expert two times over, as he has performed more than 20,000 cataract surgeries in the more than 20 years he has been in practice. He performs these surgeries—as well as treating dry eyes and glaucoma—fits contact lenses, and corrects vision inside Gainesville Eye Physicians East laser surgery center and optical laboratory. Dr. Snodgrass was one of the first ophthalmologists in the region to use the ReSTOR lens, a premium multifocal lens used to help cataract patients see near, far, and into the neighbor’s window.
Helmed by the board-certified, extensively experienced, and double-titled Dr. Deputy, Gainesville Vision Center protects its patients’ vision with thorough preventative care and screenings. Scanning pupils for lazy eye, near or farsightedness, and systemic diseases, the staff performs comprehensive and pediatric exams for clients from 4 to 100 years old. After prescriptions have been determined, clients can browse stylish frames from names including Vera Wang, Coach, and Jones New York.