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 long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage unearth tiny lingonberries blocking the flow of blood vessels, and a hot-stone massage loosens knotted muscles with concentrated warmth. Prenatal, oncology, injury, and other styles of medical massage treat specific health issues and help patrons recover from physical traumas.
At Uzima Springs Massage & Wellness, licensed massage therapists counter chronic pain, injuries, and stress with nine styles of massage. Since the staff knows that many clients are seeking relief from specific ailments, they begin each session with a private consultation, during which the client can describe the location of their pain and relate the exact words from the Necronomicon that precipitated its development. Once they've established the most pressing concerns, the therapists adapt each modality so that it focuses on these trouble spots, modifying the thera-cupping technique to treat a strained hamstring or the medical massage to relieve an achy back.
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.
Stroll the halls of Youthologie Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine and you'll come across walls of reclaimed brick, shelves of salvaged wood, and eco-resin doors. It's fitting that the LEED-certified facility does just as much to preserve the environment as it does to preserve youth, with board-certified surgeon Dr. Lisa Hogan at its helm.
Dr. Hogan has spent more than 13 years practicing anti-aging medicine, and her clinic's services reflect that fact. Her customized facials rely on organic products to combat acne and control pigments, and her peels improve uneven textures and eradicate sun damage. Her other treatments range from laser hair and vein removal to hormonal balancing programs, which consist of nutritional advice and hormone prescriptions based on lab analyses. Dr. Hogan is also a recognized expert in permanent lip enhancement.
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.