Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
With more than 25 years of experience, board-certified Liviu B. Saimovici, MD, of Saimovici Lasik uses modern treatment systems to bestow fuzzy viewers with clear vision. LASIK eye surgery, a laser surgery procedure, helps patients permanently reduce their reliance on glasses and contacts, improving such ailments as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and the inability to differentiate between a TV remote and the family cat. Under the control of Dr. Saimovici, a LASIK laser changes the shape of a patient's cornea—the dome-shaped tissue in the front of the eye—to bend lights rays more precisely on the retina. Today's offer permits customers to receive treatment in one or both eyes, allowing lens-toting patrons to correct dual eye problems or farsighted Cyclopes to save money on mail-order monocles.
Central-Eyes Optical houses thousands of frames primed for prescription from the center's two distinguished doctors. Dr. Saimovici specializes in sharpening vision with LASIK surgery. His counterpart, Dr. Kallman, draws on more than 25 years of experience to alleviate a variety of general vision issues, including problems with contact lenses or low-hanging branches.
The staff pairs patrons with new sets of eyes, including frames from designers such as Versace, Fendi, and Gucci. They also assist guests as they compare contact lenses from Bausch & Lomb and CooperVision, or outfit younger family members with one of more than 500 frames designed specifically for children.
For more than 20 years, the eye doctors at Total Eyecare have cared for patients using the latest technology. For exams, the team employs state-of-the-art diagnostic devices: a 3D tissue-analysis system can detect macular degeneration or glaucoma, and a laser-scanning ophthalmoscope checks retinal health without the use of eye drops.
After exams determine their health and prescriptions, clients can browse thousands of designer frames by brands such as Prada, Ray Ban, and Oakley. Pairs are made on site and include a one-year warranty and lifetime adjustments that accommodate changes in facial contours or the development of third eyes. The store also offers a vast selection of contact lenses for those who prefer to see spectacle-free.
The optometrists at Bella Vista Optics screen for glaucoma and cataracts during eye exams, as well as perform specific contact-lens exams to ensure patients are paired with contacts that fit their eyes comfortably. Patients can then select glasses outfitted with standard or transitions lenses or grab a box of contacts from the Bella Vista optical store, which carries every contact brand, including those with colored or laser-imbued lenses. Patients can also get one-hour emergency service from the store's onsite laboratory.
Back in the 1860s, a Swedish professor and eye expert named Herman Snellen devised a ratio to determine and express visual acuity—all using a simple eye chart. Today, the Snellen Chart, dotted with random letters of various sizes, hangs in optometry offices across the world, allowing docs to determine how well a patient sees compared to the “standard”—one who can see two chart objects from 20 feet away, or as we would know it, someone with 20/20 vision.
Like Herman and the doctors after him, Bronx Eye Care uses the Snellen Chart—along with a few more modern devices—to help prescribe the appropriate lens strength for patients of all ages. Once deemed far-sighted, near-sighted, or too cool to not own sunglasses, customers can peruse the clinic’s collection of frames by Gucci, Fender, and Prada.