Voted Small Business of the Year in 2009 by Amherstburg's Chamber of Commerce, Amherstburg Vision Centre boasts more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglass frames and sunglasses in their showroom. Let a sight-sharpening member of the optometric team bring distant acorns or macro-squirrels into dazzling focus with stylish specs from such designer brands as Adidas, Ray-Ban ($135+), Coach, Dolce & Gabanna, and Suntrends ($135+). With many additional items priced from $50–$120, frugal eyeballs are also granted the chance to find their vision-correcting soul mate. For those whose ocular jelly requires no refinement, a host of sunglasses, such as polarized FishGillz sunglasses ($55+), and sports sun wear eagerly awaits to perch on noses and nuzzle up beside ear lobes ($55+).
The slate-blue walls in the studio of Massage by Peggy recall the tranquility of the ocean, which helps to ease clients into a state of relaxation. Aromatherapy scents permeate the candlelit room, while a heated table helps clients unwind better than riding a merry-go-round backwards. Certified massage therapist Peggy eases knots from muscles in modalities including Swedish, sports, and geriatric.
Refractive surgeon Dr. Hasan Hakim doesn’t just perform LASIK surgery—he was involved in the FDA trials of the excimer laser used in LASIK during his time at the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has kept abreast of cutting-edge developments in vision restoration, from the evolution of LASIK and PRK surgeries to the replacement of eyes with miniature owls. With 5,000 vision-correction procedures already under his belt, Dr. Hakim continues to tend to peepers with deft hands and state-of-the-art technology, performing both incision and laser procedures to bring the world back into focus for those struggling to read street signs or tea leaves. A full stock of Acuvue contacts and frames by Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein helps Dr. Hakim perform more conventional vision enhancements.
Helmed by Dr. David Bridgeo—a specialist in skincare and anti-aging medicine—the team at Eclipse Cosmetic and Laser Centre helps clients fend off the marks of time with nonsurgical treatments. These services range from Botox injections that smooth over fine lines and wrinkles to IPL laser therapy that can diminish sun damage, spider veins, and rare but deadly scorpion veins. To enhance treatment results, Dr. Bridgeo and his staff keep products on hand for at-home skincare, stocking brands such as Vivier Pharma.
SVS Vision Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.