Lourdes Cano, D.M.D., worked in a prestigious Cuban polyclinic before immigrating to the United States to found Cano Health, a clinic that houses a team of doctors, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors under one roof. The assorted physicians accept most major insurance plans for [services]http://www.canomed.com/about-cano-health/) ranging from diabetes treatment to biopsies to cosmetic dentistry. Cano Health treats patients six days a week and clients should call ahead to book appointments, as they do when making dinner reservations at fancy restaurants or their grandma?s tiny kitchen table.
Drs. Barry Concool and Marc Bosem helm the Correctvision Laser Institute and have performed more than 40,000 LASIK procedures combined. And though he is eager to help their patients cast off their glasses, contacts, and opera lorgnettes with LASIK, that's not all they do.
Teaming up with Dr. Michelle Gonzalez—the institute's Spanish-speaking clinical director and optometrist—they offer a wide range of corrective-vision procedures, such as cataract surgery and conductive keratoplasty, which uses radio frequency instead of lasers to improve farsightedness. They even smooth over wrinkles with Botox, dermal fillers, and spackling paste.
Dr. Aman Sappal and his team of ocular experts elucidate vision with new glasses and contact lenses, vision therapy, glaucoma treatments, and other sight services. Comprehensive eye exams test vision essentials, such as refractive errors, visual fields, and pupils, before doling out fresh eyewear prescriptions. New lenses, from single vision to no-line bifocals, revel beneath anti-glare or anti-opaque coatings as they perch in stylish frames from designers such as Coach, Gucci, Calvin Klein, and Juicy Couture.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Elite Vision Center prides itself on its quick turnaround on prescription orders—thanks, in part, to an in-house lens-crafting lab. The full-service vision center's sales staff, meanwhile, helps patients find the high-end frames for these prescriptions. A resident independent optometrist tests for visual acuity and eye disorders, holding office hours throughout the week—including evenings and weekends.
SilverLakes Eye Care's board-certified optometric physician, Farin Boyle, has the knowledge and experience to treat a wide variety of eye conditions. After earning his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Boyle spent two years at the renowned Rand Eye Institute, training extensively in surgical procedures for cataracts and glaucoma, as well as vision-correcting LASIK surgery. As a National Board Examiner, Dr. Boyle is responsible for determining whether or not graduating doctors receive optometry licensure.
Dr. Boyle and his staff use advanced technology to complete eye exams, employing computerized instruments that, like the robotic third and fourth arms Mary Poppins wore, are designed to supplement rather than replace personalized care. The office also features an onsite lab that can fabricate most prescriptions in about an hour.