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While most of his peers were concentrating on their senior year of high school, 17-year-old Steven Bengelsdorf kept an eye toward the future and accepted a spot in Boston University’s prestigious six-year medical program. Fifteen years later, the gifted youth has transformed into an experienced physician who oversees a staff of nurses and medical aestheticians at The Franklin Center for Skin & Laser Surgery.
Dr. Bengelsdorf and his staff believe that minimally invasive treatments—chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and light-based therapy, to name a few—can rejuvenate the face just as effectively as surgical procedures and bobbing for live electrical wires. Personal consultations and examinations typify the individual approach they take to each treatment, and Dr. Bengelsdorf’s dedication to innovation has resulted in the facility’s penchant for technologically advanced solutions.
Before opening Selkin Laser Center, Dr. Robert Selkin honed his refractive marksmanship as a fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, an educational partner of Harvard Medical School. He has logged more than 65,000 LASIK procedures in his prolific career, with other doctors, many of his own staff members, and professional athletes included in those numbers. This expertise and experience, combined with an office outfitted with of high-tech equipment from Bausch + Lomb, Orbscan, and Zyoptix, has garnered Dr. Selkin rave reviews from his patients and protest letters from local monocle manufacturers.
Led by Dr. Lisa Davis—who earned her doctorate at the University of Birmingham School of Optometry—a team of opticians and friendly staffers help guests correct their vision while flaunting their unique personal style. The staff performs comprehensive eye exams to detect diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, as well as conditions that affect the cornea, retina, and peripheral components of the eye. After exams, staff members outfit guests with contacts or help them express themselves with Vera Wang and Ted Baker frames made with plastic, wire, or bits of their third-grade art homework. The office itself features a bit of aesthetic splendor, with arched doorways that hang over sleek hardwood floors, and a cobblestone reception desk that greets patients as they enter.
Berry Eyecare and Optical's clear and tinted lenses are encased in myriad stylish frames ($99–$500) by designers such as Calvin Klein and Fendi and from the recently launched collection of Anna Sui eyewear. Eyes will twinkle behind Parisian haute couture frames by Lafont and focus with confidence with swanky specs from Nicole Miller. Get ocular protection from harsh sun rays with iconic styles from Ray-Ban, or prepare for the glare from mountainside snow while testing altitude-specific cake-baking instructions with sport frames from Columbia.
Though SEE Eyewear’s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop’s exclusive coveted selection.
From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn’t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.