Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.
Licensed optometrists and Bay Area natives Drs. Adrienne Lee, Pearl Yee, and Noelle Sung draw from a wealth of personal and professional experiences—from Dr. Lee’s exemplary violin performance with her chamber group to Dr. Yee’s six years as an officer in the Navy’s optometry corps—to restore the sight of patients. Throughout the high-end boutique, a bounty of stylish frames from Japan, the United States, and Europe grace the walls, tempting eyeballs with the retro-chic of Entourage of 7 eyewear or the futuristic floating lenses of ultralight Avantek titanium pieces. High-tech treatments, such as corneal-refractive therapy and LASIK eye surgery allow patients to eschew glasses and witness the glories of nature unfiltered and unblurred, from the stunning majesty of a cloud-crowned mountain vista to the upfront banality of a road sign.
Clear Optometry's vision amenders employ fashionable sight shields to armor weary eyes for visual voyages. Showcasing the latest eyewear, Clear Optometry boasts a selection of frames from high-end designers, such as Prada, Fendi, and Chanel ($120+), as well as durable S.V. lenses equipped with scratch and UV coating ($89+). A staff of amiable sight shamans and an experienced optometrist can field questions and make informed suggestions on which glasses will maximize a person's aesthetic while minimizing their risk of mistakenly holding the hand of a complete stranger in the supermarket.
Strolling into Burlingame Optical is more like the encountering the lobby of a five-star hotel than an eyewear shop. Yet, sure enough, frames by Chanel, Robert Marc, and Chrome Hearts—amid a sea of other designers—fill the shop’s elegant cherry cabinets just waiting to be tested. Eyewear specialists pace the marbled floor, guiding the nearsighted and farsighted to the perfect lenses, from single-vision to digital progressives. At an onsite lab, technicians perform finish grindings and fortify spectacles with anti-reflective coatings and miniature wiper blades.
Dr. Jay Bansal has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures since his 1994 certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bansal, a physician trainer for IntraLase technology and the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, performs every single LASIK procedure at three of the center’s four locations: San Francisco, Mountain View, and Walnut Creek. He specializes in a blade-free process using iLASIK wavefront technology, which relies on advanced lasers and enhanced optical imagery to improve a patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision while decreasing their chances of experiencing nighttime blurriness. In addition to LASIK, LaserVue’s American Board of Ophthalmology-certified eye surgeons and ophthalmic technicians offer several types of cataract surgery, as well as treatments for other ocular conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma.
With multiple degrees in the sciences and optometry, Dr. Judy Nguyen uses her wealth of optical expertise to outfit blurry-eyed customers with an array of designer specs. The family eye-care practice provides comprehensive eye exams and screenings and accepts 10 insurance providers, accommodating the peepers of young and old with fashion-forward adult frames by Ray-Ban and Versace and kids' styles by Disney and Sight for Students. Dr. Nguyen and her amiable staff help patients select the right styles of eyewear without being pushy or insulting their previous Krazy Straw frames.