In 1974, the founders of Northville Vision Clinic couldn’t have predicted the technology that would shape their business four decades in the future. Now, Dr. Martin Levin and his team of ocular experts wield powerful sight-enhancing technology that allows them to quickly examine the inner workings of eyes. Retinal cameras photograph the interior of they eye without the need to dilate the pupil. A computer-guided autorefractor machine measures the prescription of each eye automatically, saving patients the hassle of looking through myriad lenses and sitting through tedious slideshows of the eye-chart’s visit to other exam-room walls. Smart Mirror technology lets customers view simulations of themselves wearing any frame or lens so they can judge material thickness, magnification, and the color of tinted contact lenses in their eyes.
Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Zeldes has been diagnosing and correcting wayward eyesight at his eponymous clinic since 2003, aided by his team of opticians and laser eye-surgery technicians. With a steady hand and sneeze-suppressing abilities, Dr. Zeldes employs his surgical expertise to excise cloudy cataracts or reshape corneas with LASIK treatments. His prescriptions can be used to fill frames from his online shop with single-vision or progressive lenses that resist glare and scratches with protective coatings.
In 1955, the world saw many famous firsts: President Eisenhower hosted the first televised presidential news conference, Gunsmoke began its legendary run, and Fortney Eyecare Associates opened its first practice. Today, a quintet of locations hosts board-certified doctors of optometry ready to keep Detroit peepers healthy and focused. After thorough exams, patients can decamp to Fortney’s frame shops, which house designer eyewear from labels including Ray-Ban, Prada, Nike, and Versace.
In addition to general eyewear, the practice also specializes in safety eyewear, working with businesses to supply and repair the type of industrial eyewear that's best for each workplace or astigmatic traffic cones. The national administrator of General Motors' prescription safety eyewear program since 1992, Fortney was hailed GM’s Supplier of the Year for its no-nonsense professional chops.
Across three locations, the opticians at Cunningham Vision Centers help customers select from a variety of designer frames and fit them with high-quality lenses. In the show room, experts help match frames with customers' individual face shapes. Cunningham Vision Centers then forges any existing prescription into accurate single-vision or progressive lenses before fitting the lenses into the frames. Lens prices vary based on the patient's prescription, and lens materials range from standard plastic to polycarbonate to the thinner and lighter high index. Clients have the option to add additional lens treatments, such as anti-glare treatments, ultraviolet protection, or a scratch-resistant coating that protects spectacles from grizzly bears demanding to try them on just once.
For eye exams, available by appointment, Dr. Thomas Cunningham channels more than a quarter-century of experience when regaling patients about the ‘80s invention of indoor sunglasses or assessing ocular health. He’s joined by the former team optometrist for the Detroit Lions—Dr. Jeffrey Rautio—who takes a special interest in dry eye and glaucoma management as well as specialty contact lenses.
Three points of focus exist at Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center: ophthalmology, optometry, and cosmetic surgery. Under the guidance of medical director Emilio M. Justo, M.D., the medical staff works to improve the vision of their patients, as well as assisting them in achieving aesthetic goals. The Arizona state?licensed and AAAHC-accredited outpatient surgery center allows Dr. Justo, his team, and their band of surgical elves to care for patients within the comfortable confines of their own facility, eliminating the need to journey to a hospital.
The certified opticians at Lansing Ophthalmology fit visitors with a varied stock of prescription and nonprescription designer sunglasses. Encircle blinkers with stylish Oakley shades ($89+) or shield tear ducts while stomping onions for wine with a pair from Cole Haan ($115+). Single-vision sun lenses ($89+) let wearers speed-read sunsets with stunning accuracy, and cutting-edge lens designs from Seiko and Pentax rival the styles sported by Hollywood A-list talking dogs ($234+). Although this Groupon is not valid toward services, a staff of talented opticians—many of them certified by the American Board of Opticianry—is on hand to diagnose eyeball prescriptions. All sunglasses and lenses are insured by a yearlong workmanship guarantee, subject to an additional fee after 90 days.