Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they?re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers? Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
The professional optometrists at Wendell Eyecare Optometric and Knightdale Eyecare Optometric pamper peepers with a panoply of stylish sight enhancers, including brand-name frames and high-quality lenses. Customers perch Liz Claiborne frames ($170) or a variety of other designers' wares atop their noses. Groupon purchasers can also select from the offices' range of single-vision, anti-glare lenses ($170–$230), which deflect bright glints and disapproving stares. High-index lenses keep chins up with their thinner, lighter shape, and progressive lenses ($295) help correct for poor near, middle, and distance vision without succumbing to bifocals' pesky lines or annoying complaints about identity crises.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
The optometrists at MyEyes Optometry diagnose and treat ocular issues ranging from imperfect vision to injuries. An inventory heavy on designers such as Gucci, Vera Wang, and Lacoste outfits faces with stylish prescription or non-prescription eyewear, and an array of sunglasses protects patrons from the sun and accusations that they aren’t actually fighter pilots. The shop also supplies all types of contact lenses, and newly eagle-eyed patrons strut out after Lasik treatments.
Striking a balance between the cosmopolitan classiness of a designer's studio and the warm friendliness of a neighborhood shop, Village Optique’s small, family-run boutique dresses eyes in frames that exude contemporary or traditional fashion. A staff well-versed in the intricacies of ocular styling assists customers from the moment they walk in the door, giving them little time to idly observe the boutique’s purple-hued walls, distinctive wooden chandelier, and collection of psychedelic eye charts. Those who do pause to take in the décor’s understated elegance may find it the perfect complement to an artful selection of eyewear from designers such as Theo, Italy's Jee Vice, Etnia Barcelona, and Boz by J.F. Rey. Frames constructed with durable titanium, stainless steel, and lightweight plastic acetate provide a wealth of options regardless of face shape and personal preference.
For more than 20 years, Lowry Porter Ophthalmology's staff has helped to improve vision and ocular health at their full-service medical, surgical, and optical shop. To better care for their clients, ophthalmologists R. Frank Lowry Jr. and Isaac W. Porter focus on specialties: Dr. Lowry has performed more than 8,000 LASIK procedures, and Dr. Porter completed a fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago to become a cornea and refractive surgeon. Their extensive experience prepares them to handle everything from thorough vision check-ups to entrenched monocle removal. Once armed with fresh prescriptions, patients can browse a spacious optical boutique stocked with designer frames by Kate Spade, Gucci, Fendi, and Flexon.