Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they?re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers? Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
At Advanced Optometry Center, Dr. Dennis Garcia and his staff handle everything from routine eye exams to emergency care. Dr. Garcia's specialties, however, include working with kids, treating ocular diseases, and fitting eyes with specialty and hard-to-fit contact lenses. In addition to vision-improving services, Advanced Optometry Center features a collection of stylish frames taken straight off the faces of designers like Kate Spade, Tom Ford, and Harley Davidson.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Annual eye exams and contacts exams
Brands Used: Ray Ban, Coach, Seventeen, Nicole Miller, Columbia, Scott Harris, Eddie Bauer, Ernest Hemingway
Pro Tip: Please call to make appointments.
Doctors Katherine Reynolds and Richard Black head up the team of eye-care professionals at See NC Eyecare. The doctors perform advanced procedures, including digital retinal scanning, wherein they make detailed digital images of the eye's interior for further study. However, the pair spends the bulk of its time conducting traditional eye exams for children, adults, and senior citizens.
Striking a balance between the cosmopolitan classiness of a designer's studio and the warm friendliness of a neighborhood shop, Village Optique’s small, family-run boutique dresses eyes in frames that exude contemporary or traditional fashion. A staff well-versed in the intricacies of ocular styling assists customers from the moment they walk in the door, giving them little time to idly observe the boutique’s purple-hued walls, distinctive wooden chandelier, and collection of psychedelic eye charts. Those who do pause to take in the décor’s understated elegance may find it the perfect complement to an artful selection of eyewear from designers such as Theo, Italy's Jee Vice, Etnia Barcelona, and Boz by J.F. Rey. Frames constructed with durable titanium, stainless steel, and lightweight plastic acetate provide a wealth of options regardless of face shape and personal preference.
For more than 20 years, Lowry Porter Ophthalmology's staff has helped to improve vision and ocular health at their full-service medical, surgical, and optical shop. To better care for their clients, ophthalmologists R. Frank Lowry Jr. and Isaac W. Porter focus on specialties: Dr. Lowry has performed more than 8,000 LASIK procedures, and Dr. Porter completed a fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago to become a cornea and refractive surgeon. Their extensive experience prepares them to handle everything from thorough vision check-ups to entrenched monocle removal. Once armed with fresh prescriptions, patients can browse a spacious optical boutique stocked with designer frames by Kate Spade, Gucci, Fendi, and Flexon.