Patients at Focus Eye Health & Vision Care Optometrists entrust their eyesight not only to the clinic's selection of stylish frames from more than 35 different designers, but to the highly skilled optometrists that care for their rods and cones. During his tenure as a lieutenant and optometrist in the US Navy, Dr. Matt Esperon employed bladeless vision-correction procedures to perfect the sight of aviators, building a successful career with humankind's two coolest inventions⎯lasers and fighter jets. Meanwhile, founder Dr. Paul Berman applies his decades of professional experience to treat a range of ocular-health problems, while still finding time to give back to the community through his involvement with programs such as the Special Olympics. Vases of flowers add a touch of homey charm to the office, and high-tech LASIK devices and sophisticated diagnostic equipment protect eyeballs with cutting-edge care.
Therapeutic optometrist Dr. Natalia Raeva has spent more than a decade testing eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and dryness. Now, she channels the optometry experience she gained from working in hospitals and nursing homes to both All About Eyes Vision Center and Visual Effects Eyecare Center, where she pulls clients’ sight back into focus with contact, bifocal, and progressive lenses. After Dr. Raeva has tested the health of each eye, the staff fits adults and kids with designer and sports frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Swissflex. All lenses can be further customized to resist scratches, filter out ultraviolet rays, or deflect the glares of a jealous sun.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
When it comes to laser vision correction, the doctors and technicians at Diamond Vision have a lot of options for their patients. Their most well-known treatment, LASIK, gently reshapes the cornea with a minor incision and a laser while LASIK's entirely bladeless cousin, Intralase, uses only lasers. Then there's the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure, which shapes the cornea directly but requires slightly more downtime. They also offer a few non-laser-based solutions as well that can permanently relieve vision problems or temporarily give patients X-ray vision.
Outfitting Bergen County in spectacular eye duds for more than 30 years, Dr. Steven Weisfeld and his staff fine-tune fuzzy vision to clearer sight-channels with more than 1,000 in-stock frames and prescription lenses. Twenty-twenty hopefuls can scoop up non-designer frames and lenses ($150–$600), and fashion-focused pupils dilate at the sight of the shop's collection of designer sight-goggles from brands such as Ray-Ban, Chrome Hearts, Maui Jim, Gucci, Chanel, and Revo ($129–$1,650 without lenses).
Imagine you're on the set of Good Morning America. You sit there, waiting for the camera's little red light to flick on, knowing that's the signal for Diane Sawyer to turn to you and begin one of her famously analytical interviews. The idea of fielding her questions is probably a bit nerve-racking to most.
Now imagine answering her questions while performing surgery.
Back in 2000, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo demonstrated an actual LASIK surgery on Ms. Sawyer's set—on her co-anchor Jack Ford, no less—responding to her inquiries while deftly performing Mr. Ford's procedure.
Though gutsy, it's not surprising. Even more than a decade ago, Dr. Russo was more comfortable with lasers than many of his colleagues. He was one of 10 physicians invited to take part in the FDA's initial testing of refractive surgery in 1990, and went on to help introduce many evolutions of the technique. He has been profiled in The New York Times on several occasions, with the paper once saying they would look to Dr. Russo for treatment "as far as the eye can see"—coincidentally the eye of a galaxy captured by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope.
Since opening his practice in the 1970s and making a name for himself as a premier cataract surgeon, Dr. Russo has become a go-to professional for all things laser, even being christened the "Godfather of LASIK" by Howard Stern. Today, at Dello Russo Laser Vision, he and his son Jeffrey have performed more than 150,000 procedures to date, and have hosted ophthalmologists from around the country for LASIK trainings. Despite their renown—the Dello Russos are the preferred practitioners of the Brooklyn Nets—they still personally perform each of their pre-procedure exams, laser surgeries, and personal appearances.