Surrounded by lavender walls, sporting an herbal neck wrap, and sipping on coffee or tea, visitors to Distinct Vision often wonder whether they've stumbled into a spa. Dr. Julia Emery encourages the misconception—she hopes that her patients view their eye-care appointments as a time for relaxation, as well as an opportunity to cultivate their sense of style. She's arranged the boutique area of the office to reflect crisp and quirky fashions. Frames from independent designers perch on glass shelving alongside those of prominent brands including Prodesign and Bebe. The artistic displays incorporate textbooks as props, and decorative plants inject the violet space with playful greenery.
In the exam room, Dr. Emery devotes as much attention to precise prescriptions as she does to hip decor. She checks peepers for general health, common ailments, and infections, doling out glasses and contact lenses for optimal sight enhancement. She can also handle most minor emergencies, from pink eye to the removal of foreign objects and the buildup of tears caused by unrequited crushes.
At ClearChoice EyeCare, Angela Adkins, OD, doesn't just use the latest technology to care for patients' eyes. She also donates her talents to worthy causes. Dr. Adkins has called upon her extensive training in areas such as ocular disease, diabetic retinopathy, and pediatric vision care while working as a volunteer optometrist in Oaxaca, Mexico, and at charitable events for the Lion's Club and St. Louis Community Services. She has also worked as a caregiver for people with physical and mental disabilities, and as a volunteer with the Special Olympics.
After submitting their peepers to Dr. Adkins's careful examination and browsing the store's selection of more than 1,100 frames, patients can wait while technicians in the onsite finishing lab complete same-day orders for glasses. The center also features a separate waiting area complete with toys and a television to entertain children and pacify cranky adults who refuse to share their blocks.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). While prices and availability may vary by location, single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
Austinites are known for their eclectic, innovative fashion, which doesn’t just stop at shirts, shoes and pants. Optique Eyewear, located in the heart of downtown on 4th and Nueces Street, offers an extensive selection of several hundred designer frames. Here, you’ll have access to many of today's most fashionable brands and designers, including Paul Smith, Tom Ford, and Ray-Ban. The sleek eco-friendly and entirely paper-free office also features a full optometry practice, with experienced staff and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to ensure their customers see well and look better, as their motto says. With a focus on customer service and unique, stylish frames, the staff at Optique Eyewear can help anyone find the perfect pair of frames to enhance and complement their look.
Optician Bradley Sauceda employs his 25 years of eye-examining experience to astutely assess optical health, educate clients, and recommend solutions. During the no-dilation refraction exam, eyes expose their problems, inner secrets and childhood crushes while strolling a gauntlet of simple tests and examinations. A series of procedures—such as muscle, cover, and manifest-refraction tests—gauge your peepers' performance and ideal prescription, with pupils able to flaunt their particular optical reactions to light.
Innovative Eyecare's full-service optometry boutique inspects eyes and outfits peepers with designer eyewear and contact lenses. Before clients select a stylish lens corrector, an experienced optometrist thoroughly examines their eyes during a 30-minute appointment aimed at determining prescription and assessing the health and Morse code blinking speed of the optic nerve (a $99 value). Next, a spectacle stylist can help outfit blinkers with chic frames from designers including Prada, Versace, Ray-Ban, Calvin Klein, and more ($160–$600). A variety of contact lenses are also available for discreet vision correcting or reading covert assignments written exclusively in size 3 font ($19.75–$86.50/box).