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.
In their modern medical facility, Bowden Eye & Associates' talented team also bestows a bevy of skin-beautifying cosmetic treatments. Guided by the caring hands of licensed medical aesthetician Karen Lamm, the 40-minute consultation and application of the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance facial treatment gently exfoliates the skin's surface, removing damaged epidermal layers to reveal smoother, tighter, and brighter skin. Obagi formulates a unique of blend of chemicals designed to treat an array of skin conditions, which include acne scarring, photodamage, and perdurable Pinocchio nose.
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.
Jax Vision Care
combines the skills of two optometrists, Dr. Jeffrey Brown and Dr. Colleen King. When not conducting eye exams or treating ocular disease, Dr. Brown sits as a board member of the North Florida Optometric Association; he was also the president at one point. Dr. King, on the other hand, takes breaks from providing all-ages eye exams to head down to Mexico and do more of the same for underprivileged families. Back at Jax Vision Care, they provide a full range of ocular services, including prescribing glasses, providing contacts, treating eye diseases, and hiding funny words in their eye exam charts.