Clearvue Vision's seasoned staff, which boasts a pair of Best Physician finalists in 2011's Best of Kent awards, examines eyes and amiably assists customers amid a spacious office populated by fashionable eyewear. During your personalized fitting, a friendly optician escorts you through the practice's selection of chic frames ($99+). Ornament your visage with spectacles from Coach (about $225), Oakley (about $170), or Gucci (about $289), affixed with scratch resistant, glare-free lenses ($100+), which, because of their lack of glare and inability to verbalize umbrage, are non-confrontational.
Peering at freshly written lines on the page. Working to catch a glimpse of a bird on the wing. Myriad sets of eyes see their tasks more clearly because of Dr. Joseph King, who has performed more than 75,000 refractive surgeries in his 15-year career. He and the other LASIK specialists and doctors at King LASIK sharpen patients' vision with conventional and custom procedures, as well as PRK surgeries. Dr. King himself underwent LASIK eye surgery in 2000 to accommodate his active lifestyle. "Just 15 minutes after the procedure, I could read the computer screen at the office,” he recalls. “I experienced several hours of watery, sensitive eyes, but after sleeping for a few hours, I awakened and I could read the digital clock on the radio across the room."
With more than two decades of experience in refractive vision-correcting surgeries and eye-health services, Dr. Stephen G. Phillips has cleared blurry sight from patients of all professions in Seattle. Surgeons, architects, teachers, attorneys, and fellow ophthalmologists have entrusted their eyes to Dr. Phillips's steady hands and arsenal of technologies. OPD-Scans chart the entire topography of the eye, giving the doctor a high-resolution display of 1,440 points of measurement, while a refractive power analyzer captures the subtle nuances of the front of the eye without revealing the patients' most-viewed television channels.
Optometrist James McCrum enjoys his job so much he lives at the office. Literally. As documented in a 2005 feature in Pacific Northwest Magazine, Dr. McCrum and his wife, Paula Whelan, converted the bare walls of what used to be a commercial building into a modern, urban-chic home office where they can live upstairs and work downstairs. The daunting project took a year and a half—about three times as long as they had originally planned. Whelan called upon her instincts as an artist to help design the 1,700-square-foot space. She used artwork made from swimming fins and roller skates and installed stair treads that are actually the repurposed rafters from the former building. Vibrant, playful pieces from Whelan's above-garage art studio spill over into the Eyeballs office, where lime-green chairs and bold, red mirrors complement her innovatively painted lampshades and eyewear-inspired artwork. Adding to the fun atmosphere, the reception desk boasts a blackboard where patients can doodle anything they want or copy poems discovered within the eye chart.
And the decor isn't the only aspect of the shop with a decidedly vivacious vibe. The lighthearted, friendly staff aims to make shopping for glasses fun and encourages leisurely browsing of boutique frames neatly arranged in drawers and open wall displays. Together with fellow optometrist Dr. Chris Hettinger, Dr. McCrum does his part to make each guest's visit a pleasant one by using a state-of-the-art retinal camera to check for issues such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
At Spex in the City, Dr. Mark J. Hamilton and Dr. Cathy Tran lead their team in framing faces with trendy yet functional eyewear. The optometric physicians begin by examining eyes and conjuring up prescriptions that correct nearsighted, farsighted, or age-related vision problems, as well as those caused by wearing View-Masters as glasses. From there, frame stylists step in to help clients select complementary frames from D&G, Oakley, Tom Ford, and other major designers. Technicians at the in-house laboratory can craft the custom eyewear in as little as one hour, treating Zeiss prescription lenses with luxurious extras such as progressive thickness, antiglare coating, and the ability to discern dreams from reality.: