The physicians at Spectrum Eye Laser Center reach into the future and snatch technology from it to permanently correct their patients’ vision. Like the all the toys of a future supervillain, all of the facility’s treatment options involve lasers. There’s LASIK, which permanently reshapes the cornea from behind a carefully incised flap, and Epi-LASIK, which bypasses the incisions altogether. Monovision sharpens up vision by leaving one eye far-sighted and one near-sighted, and is suited for older patients. All of these procedures are performed with a VISX Star S4 IR device, and use Wavefront’s precise technology to create tailor-made procedures.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses—whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites—they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Dr. William Ellis sharpened his corneal crafting skills at the side of Professor Syvatslov Fyodorov, the father of modern radial keratotomy, and has since completed more than 50,000 LASIK procedures in his career. With a keen focus on personal attention and individual patient needs, he performs every laser vision surgery at all six Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center locations, relying on an armory of advanced technology to map eye terrain, correct vision, and prepare patrons to work as a chameleon’s parole officer. Further showcasing his knowledge on the subject, Dr. Ellis has written a medical textbook on eye surgery entitled Keratotomy Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.
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.
At San Jose Laser Center, Dr. Gregory H. Phan MD leads a team of professionals dedicated to maintaining their clients' eye health and razor-sharp vision. They treat eyes with LASIK and cataract surgery, and outfit them with contact lenses, a wide selection of frames, and monocles for third eyes with astigmatism. The staff can accommodate a diverse client base, as they speak a cumulative total of seven languages, including Cantonese, Spanish, and Panjabi.