It takes Lord Eye Center's opticians one hour to produce a pair of prescription glasses. Working at an onsite lab, they fit frames from more than 30 designers, using an electronic tracing device to render the thinnest lenses possible. The shop's optometrists can also prescribe various types of contact lenses, from continuous wear and disposable to bifocals and colored lenses. Dr. Whit Lord, owner of Lord Eye Center, scouts out the latest cornea-hugging designs as a member of several advisory panels for contact-lens manufacturers.
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.
EyeElements Eyecare Associates' experienced optometrist, Dr. Manish Patel, brings experience as a clinical research optometrist and instructor as he updates glasses and contact prescriptions, diagnoses diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma, and conducts diabetic evaluations. Helpful employees are on hand to help shoppers with critical eyewear choices, taking lifestyles and face shapes into account to pick frames that are both stylish and suitably durable. Customers choose from the boutique’s style-savvy eyewear gallery, which includes frames from Coach, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, all ready to be fitted with prescription lenses and bristly Groucho eyebrows.
Two thousand pairs of designer frames pepper the walls of My Eyelab's various locations. Clients fresh from an exam with one of the onsite opticians swim through that sea of options, examining spectacles and trying them on to see which pairs will be accepted by their noses. With so many prescription and sunglass options to choose from, customers are able to find many pairs that match their personal style. And with specialty features like flexible arms and shatter-resistant lenses, specs are also customized to wearers' needs. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to My Eyelab stores.
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.
At Vision Express, helmed by Drs. David and Allison Falden, there's no such thing as waiting days or weeks to see clearly. That's because with its onsite lab, Vision Express can have your single-vision, anti-reflective, polarized, and sunglasses lenses and glasses ready the same day you come in. And every customer gets free ultrasonic cleanings on those glasses for life.