Founded by Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, a father-and-son team who used LASIK eye surgery to correct their own vision, Joffe MediCenter has five locations across the country where expert ophthalmologists use advanced diagnostics to conduct each custom wavefront LASIK treatment. Treatment begins with a free, noninvasive examination with Bausch & Lomb Orbscan and Zywave mapping systems?derived from technology developed for astronomy and physics applications. They generate a 3-D model of each eye, which, like a fingerprint or favorite line from The Princess Bride, is unique to each person.
Upon assessing the results of the LASIK exam, doctors schedule the in-office treatment. During the procedure, the experienced LASIK specialist uses an excimer laser to gently reshape the cornea, which can improve vision to 20/20. LASIK reduces eyes' dependence on glasses and contacts regardless of whether clients suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In most cases, the patient's vision improves rapidly enough to drive the following morning. After the procedure, doctors schedule a postoperative exam.
Perfect vision is an admirable goal, but the team of optometrists and technicians at Heights Eyecare and Contact Lens Center strive for more. The father-son team of Dr. Allen H. Chin and Dr. Allen J. Chin set out to ensure that patients' eyes remain healthy with help from cutting-edge technology and techniques as well as decades of experience. In addition to vision-correcting LASIK procedures and multifocal contact lenses, the doctors also specialize in orthokeratology, a process that uses specially designed contact lenses to mildly reshape the eye and help correct problems such as nearsightedness and astigmatism. Beyond bringing eyesight closer to 20/20, the optometrists can also check for common signs of disease ranging from cataracts to glaucoma to uncontrollable heat vision.
Dr. Fred Mattioli has performed more than 30,000 laser procedures and been named one of the International Association of Healthcare Professionals’ Top Ophthalmologists for 2012–2013. At his clinic, Mattioli Vision Professionals, the doctor draws on his experience to perform seamless, blade-free LASIK surgeries, which help patients avoid wearing glasses or taping telescopes to their faces. The clinic’s implantable lenses, meanwhile, alleviate fuzzy vision in much the same way as contacts do, except that they rest just inside the eye rather than outside of it. The team also screens for common eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, and Dr. Mattioli can discuss the results with patients in English or fluent Spanish.
Combining the personal touch of an optometrist-owned practice with the affordable pricing offered at optical superstores, Today's Vision helps keep customers' eyesight crystal clear. Pooling their resources under the Today's Vision aegis, the independent operators that own each location are able to offer personalized care while taking advantage of large-scale discounts on lenses, LASIK eye surgeries, and novelty eye charts that are printed all fuzzy-like. Those looking for fetching frames can browse through extensive selections from such purveyors as Oakley, De Rigo, and Liz Claiborne.
Optical Illusionz’s Dr. Esther Kovacs performs comprehensive eye exams to bolster the sight of her patients. As a licensed therapeutic and glaucoma specialist, she’s able to quickly assess and treat ocular diseases as well as conditions such as dry eye or macular degeneration—a major cause of vision loss in adults older than 60. Dr. Kovacs also specializes in fitting eyes with challenging conditions, such as those in need of astigmatism and bifocal contact lenses.
Inside the store, a knowledgeable staff helps match clients' personalities with designer frames from the likes of Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, and Caviar, available in a variety of styles with pint-sized versions for kids. An onsite lab fabricates prescription lenses in as little as one viewing of a 24-hour telethon or one complete day.