The two own three stores of the optometry franchise, including the flagship at 1192 Dogwood Dr. and pride themselves on providing leading-edge technology and equipment to their customers. The store has one of just 1,000 opti-map machines, contact lens shaping software and orthokeratology lenses.
"We definitely go farther than nine out of 10 other stores in terms of equipment that we have," Walker said. "We just always kind of stay ahead of the game in terms of technology, especially stuff in terms of helping the patients."
The Dogwood Pearle Vision has about 100-150 customers currently using orthokeratology contact lenses - special lenses cost more than typical contact lenses but are worn at night time and are designed to curve the cornea to correct vision.
Vision decreases when the cornea becomes curved or too steep, reflecting light to the retina out of place of the macula, which is the point for proper vision, explained Walker. Orthokeratology lenses work as a retainer for the cornea, flattening it out and adjusting the point light comes in to refract onto the macula.
"The benefit is like wearing a retainer every night, where you know you're going to have nice smile," Walker said. "If you're wearing these lenses every night, your cornea is going to constantly get remolded into the right curvature thus slowing down what we call the myopic creep -where you steadily get more and more nearsighted." He said they are seeing positive results in their patients from the treatment.
The Pearle Vision location also specializes in designing contact lenses specifically to fit their customers by taking 28,000 points of the eye. "We've got some pretty cool contact lens software where we can custom make contact lenses to your eye," Walker said. "We e-mail that information to a company in Nevada, and they have a lathe there that can cut a hard contact lens that can completely match a cornea. Because of that they're more comfortable than old contact lenses."
Walker said the store is also usually the first one to get new contact and spectacle lenses.
The location has two optometrists on staff, Dr. Grosswald and Dr. Nikil Patel, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
For more information on the store and its technologies visit www.I20Pearle.com.