Versace and Giorgio Armani frames deck the walls at JEMS Optical, but providing designer brands isn’t the resident certified opticians’ only focus. Since 1985, the team at JEMS Optical LLC have helped their patients protect their eyes and sharpen their vision with personalized care as well as custom lenses and prescription sunglasses. They also perfectly fit contact lenses help unblur vision with options that include multi-focal and disposable lenses. Comprehensive exams are available for all patients, measuring for precise prescriptions and testing for a range of eye diseases. The optical center’s same-day emergency repairs for glasses can also help patients immediately recover from a broken bridge, a missing screw, or the effects of too much careless apple-bobbing.
Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
Under the expert oculus of Dr. Saba E. Ayalew, Metropolitan Optical matches stylish frames to faces, stocking an array of high-end designer eyewear. Brands include Gucci, Armani, Porsche Design, and Burberry, equally suited to job-interview attire and everyday activities, such as spotting a rampaging bear during a job interview. Frames ($170–$450) can be outfitted with an array of fine lenses ($119–$800) and come with free adjustments and ultrasonic cleanings.
Embassy Opticians' board-certified ocular experts utilize 150 years of combined experience to closely inspect eyes and outfit them with the appropriate frames and lenses. Since 1960, professionals at the Dupont Circle shop have evaluated patients' peepers through thorough exams, reviewing medical histories, checking for ocular diseases, and determining visual acuity and its relationship to chewing-gum preferences. After exams, the savvy staffers aid in adorning noses with flattering frames by Lafont ($250+), Austin Reed ($140+), Gucci ($295+), and many other designers. Groupon customers can use their $200 credit toward a new pair of bifocals or one lonely monocle but cannot request replacements to old glasses or contacts.
Fashion Optical outfits the eyes of men, women, and kids in stylish frames and corrective lenses. Following eye exams, customers select designer frames from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, and Jungle Eyewear, a line specifically designed for children. In addition to regular glasses, Fashion Optical offers contact lenses and sunglasses for blocking out the prying gaze of the voyeuristic sun.
Adams Morgan Optical's experienced optometrist, Dr. Benjamin Hartz, has been providing friendly, wide-pupiled service since 1990. His individualized attention educates customers of all ages about their specific vision needs and the field's latest technologies. During the routine eye exam (a $65 value), eyesight will be thoroughly tested and evaluated, as will overall eye health and lid strength. If necessary, a contact exam and fitting will also be provided.