More than 700 frames await clientele at Optical Fashions, a local institution whose licensed optometrists have been correcting the vision of area eyes for more than 50 years. Still headquartered in Beavercreek, the company now operates outposts throughout the Miami Valley with the same focus on long-term patient satisfaction that helped them succeed in the first place. At six convenient locations, doctors diagnose potential eyesight issues and help patients choose the most suitable lenses, which the staff processes on-site in their technology-packed optical lab. These lenses fit snugly into frames from the shops' expansive selections, which include brands ranging from Juicy Couture and Project Runway to Gant and Ernest Hemingway.
Stanton Optical treats shoppers to a selection of more than 3,000 frames from designers such as BCBG, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein. Their optometric physicians calibrate fresh prescriptions before patients browse the wealth of frames and then select from brands of lenses such as Sola, Zeiss, and Transitions, which alternate between clear and tinted to protect eyes from sun rays and help them absorb the zinc found in moon rays. For those who prefer frame-free faces, Stanton Optical also outfits eyes with contacts by Acuvue and Bausch + Lomb.
For a half-century, patients have sat in Oakwood Eye Clinic’s exam rooms and, one eye at a time, started reading down from the big E. Today, its team of opticians—which boasts 78 years of combined experience—operates under the supervision of Dr. Park Studebaker, a former clinic instructor at Ohio State University’s College of Optometry. Oakwood’s staff treats both adults and children with scheduled and emergency eye care and can fit their oculars for contacts or more than 1,200 styles of designer frames. Patients unsure of what they need can use the online eyeglass guide, a quiz that gauges lifestyle, vision level, and ability to pull off a monocle in order to recommend frames and lenses.
The trio of skilled doctors at ProCare Vision Center counts more than 37 years of collective experience in tending eyes. Drs. Davis, Salyer, and Grillot minister to adult and elderly pupils, but specialize in pediatric eye care, assessing the vision loss of youngsters no longer able to see the Tooth Fairy. After the doctors have updated a prescription, the center’s knowledgeable eyewear experts help patients select lenses with anti-reflective coatings or assist them in ordering contacts. The staff also lends advice as clients navigate the center’s frames, which come from designers such as Gucci, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade, answering questions about which spectacles flatter face shapes or complement mustache tattoos.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
As director of CEI’s Laser Vision Center, Dr. Gary A. Varley uses his expertise in laser vision correction to help patients achieve perfect sight. The first step to lens-free visual clarity is a preliminary screening and consultation where customers meet with Dr. Varley to make sure their ocular health and disposition toward laser tag do not hinder their eligibility for LASIK surgery ($4,495 for both eyes). During the procedure, patients will fix their eyes on a red target light as Dr. Varley precisely calibrates corneas for optimal eyesight. After the surgery, which takes only a few minutes to complete and involves minimal discomfort, patients enjoy a speedy recovery, a year of care and checkups, and the ability to clearly see their alarm clock or look their wakeup rooster in the eye.