Among the most experienced female LASIK surgeons in the country, Dr. Nancy Tanchel has cleared fuzzy vision during more than 15,000 LASIK procedures. During each of these procedures, she uses femtosecond laser technology to create a smooth, precise corneal flap before reshaping the eye's surface to correct for nearsightedness, granting most patients with improved vision by the next day. Besides her specialty, Dr. Tanchel also offers PRK procedures, computer-based wavefront analysis for diagnosis, and laser light shows for those who ask really nicely.
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.
The Eye Institute of Reston’s head optometrist, Dr. Sheebani Bathija, helps clients view the world with 20/20 clarity. During regular eye exams, the doctor makes sure eyesight is up to snuff by asking patients to read letters on the Snellen chart or the cursive scribbles in her 5th grade diary. Those in need of ocular assistance can assemble their own pair of prescription glasses with their choice of lenses and designer frames from brands such as Nike, Michael Kors, and Valentino. Guests who wish to live glasses-free can also opt for contact lenses, or sit down with Dr. Bathija to discuss laser vision correction.
Understanding that eyes are delicate organs, Dr. Michael Khalil emphasizes the value of trust between optometrist and patient. He earns this trust with his nearly four decades of experience, which includes certifications in laser-correction consultation and the treatment of certain eye diseases. His real passion, however, is pairing “hard-to-fit” patients with contacts that more easily accommodate thin corneas or glowing triangular pupils. In addition to assessing visual acuity and testing for cataracts, glaucoma, and other issues, Dr. Khalil stocks his shelves with fashionable frames from top-name designers, such as Prada, Gucci, and Hugo Boss.
Convenience reigns supreme at Eye & Vision Care, thanks to Dr. Kapoor and her onsite optical lab. The doc performs comprehensive eye exams on both children and adults, during which she tests for a full spectrum of optical defects, from ocular diseases to blurred vision. For patients in need of lenses, Eye & Vision Care’s onsite lab can have a wide variety of lenses—including shatter-proof polycarbonate, transitional, and anti-glare varieties—cut and delivered within an hour of ordering, allowing clients to peruse the shop’s selection of more than 1,000 designer frames while they wait. Patients who wish to go glasses-free can opt for contact lenses and consult with Dr. Kapoor about LASIK eye surgery or the pros and cons of driving with a periscope.
At New Era Eyecare Optometrists, Dr. Edwin Adair leads a staff that includes an optician, an eyewear consultant, and a contact-lens specialist in improving patients’ vision. Dr. Adair uses advanced equipment during annual check-ups—including the optomap retinal exam, which gives a clearer picture of the retina and tells him how effectively it’s absorbing light or casting shadow puppets. After he has checked fields of vision and established visual acuity, he turns patients loose into the bright, wood-accented boutique to shop among designer frames from Gucci, Prada, Oliver Peoples, Nike, and Tom Ford.