LASIK Specialists' Dr. Martin Burger has performed more than 69,000 LASIK procedures in his prolific career, making him one of the most experienced eye surgeons in the industry. His patients have included pilots, commercial drivers, and seeing-eye dogs, and many others who depend on sharp vision for their livelihood. His practice includes a friendly staff and is designed to help his patients eradicate the need for glasses or contacts using various LASIK technologies.
At Derickson Vision Consultants, complimentary snacks and refreshments greet visitors before Dr. Derickson—a board-certified optometric physician—and his compatriots utilize state-of-the-art equipment to examine eyes and ocular health. Taking the guesswork out of eye measurements, the staff avoids the continual barrage of "better or worse," questions and instead uses retinal-reflection refractive instruments to determine prescriptions. Meanwhile, kids can watch movies in an optical playhouse, and Dr. Derickson, also a certified aviation vision specialist and a private pilot himself, assists pilots with their vision difficulties and helps them avoid mistakenly landing on fashion-show runways.
While the ophthalmologists at First Coast Eye Care might focus on peepers, aesthetician Lana Switzer cares for the whole face. At Skin Rejuvenation Center—located inside the Eye Care office—she fends off crow's feet with facials, laser treatments, and beauty injections. Lana's aim is not only to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging, but also to prevent them with healthful skincare regimes and creative visualization of soft, smooth baby cheeks. She carefully analyzes her clients' complexions before recommending medical-grade product lines, such as Image and Obagi.
Gulani Vision Institute, on the south side, is a full spectrum LASIK surgery facility, which performs over 40 different varieties of corrective eye surgeries and types of LASIK for a variety of issues, including cataracts, dry eye and corneal transplant. Dr. Arun Gulani is a world-renowned eye surgeon and LASIK specialist, as well as the founding director of the Institute. The institute is a true state of the art facility, which is well lit and peppered with information in each and every area of the office. Wall art and brochures, pamphlets and televised informationals on procedures are the norm, as are the glass enclosed treatment and examination rooms, which are outfitted with modern-day equipment and comfortable surroundings. From the light oak floors to the eggshell walls, the facility is immaculate and well designed. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and a consultation is free.
In 2009, Melissa Garnier opened a small produce co-op, seeking to save money on her grocery bill while providing her five children with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, that co-op has grown into The Neighborhood Garden, a company that regularly supplies 200 Jacksonville families with fresh meats, local honey, dairy goods, and certified organic produce from Albert's Organics in Sarasota. Patrons can pick up pre-ordered edibles from 17 locations, or opt for delivery service.
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.