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A Visual Affair


Pentagon City, 1101 S Joyce St Arlington, VA
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Dominique C.

I have been a patient of Dr. Bindal for at least the past 3 years...I've always experienced friendly and attentive service on my visits. I like the intimate feel of the office and there was good music playing the last time I was there too! That always helps make the shopping experience more enjoyable...I can always find a good selection of cute frames at reasonable prices. I never felt rushed and the Optician - Juan who helped me gave good feedback to help me pick out my new pair of glasses...

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Jennifer R.

Dr. Bindal is friendly and provided a very thorough eye exam. He suggested a new brand of contacts and eye drops that worked wonders!

Most of his staff is very friendly and professional. Giovanni is so nice and provides updates on the wait and apologizes for delays. Two other friendly team members helped me select a new pair of frames. However, when I picked up my new glasses several days later (they don't do the frame cutting at their location) I was checked out by someone who was not as friendly...I understand it was the end of the day but I was just trying to pay for my glasses and go home.

The frames selection is a bit pricey--I didn't find anything worth purchasing that was under $300. At my previous optometrists $200 was more than enough for a nice pair (I really don't worry about brand names just how the frame looks). Next year I may just stick to the eye exam only and purchase my frames somewhere else.

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Vera A.

I love this place... the staff is wonderful and their selection stellar. I went in to get a pair of glasses done and walked out with an extra pair of sunglasses. I'm very picky and they were very patient as I took hours to select two frames. Actually, when I came back to pick up my glasses (I live in DC and went to the VA location because they are open on the weekends) I didn't check to make sure they were open (it was 11:30 on a Sunday and they open at noon) I was so sad when I realized the door was locked up tight but I called anyway and they picked up! and let me in so that I could pick up my glasses. They even did a quick fitting .... great customer service. Thank you!!!

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They are right across the street from where I work in Pentagon row. Sometimes convenience does not out weigh the service.

The short male optometrist did all of the necessary exams and then tried to say that I needed to come in again to check to see if my contacts fit before he would give me my prescription. Of course they fit, or else you would not have charged me to measure my eyes for the correct lenses!

No other optometrist tried scamming me like this just so they can bill my insurance company for another visit. These questionable practices would probably explain the reason why he is able to afford multiple locations.

They later looked up my insurance incorrectly and tried to charge me 180 dollars where i should have been paying a 20 dollar co-pay. After calling back and giving them the correct information, they were rude over the phone and waited days before calling me back with my refund.

I would recommend trying another place before getting scammed with this one.

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jymil t.

Dr. Bindal and staff are excellent they always are inviting. Dr. Bindal has helped me tremendously with my eye condition. He has worked diligently to provide me with optimum vision. He has worked diligently to find contacts to aid my Keratoconus.


A Wink & A Smile

Optometrists, Eyewear & Opticians, Orthodontists

19369 Promenade Drive Leesburg, VA
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Joey W.

Good customer service, good selection, outrageous prices, completely inept with insurance claims and contacting them.

overall it was overpriced and the staff were phony

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Leonard F.

I have been seeing both Dr. Lee's for my dental work and eye care. Both Leonardo Lee (dentist) and Lucy Lee (optometrist) are skilled young professionals. The care provided is first rate. I really like the dental hygienists that are part of the practice. The front desk staff are superb. I have never had a problem scheduling an appointment at a time that is convenient for me.

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Lisa L.

We have gone to A Wink & A Smile a couple of times since they've been open (vision side only) and had a good experience one time and the next time the frames we ordered got lost in transit. Due to no weekend hours it took us a while to get back in and pick a replacement frame, but when we did, they rectified the situation and were very professional and made sure we got what we needed and then some! They took a situation that could have gone either way and gave it a good ending and we will definitely continue to recommend them.

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Kim D.

Dr. Lucy Lee is great. So,patient as I tried many different contacts to find the best for me. The staff is friendly and helpful. The customer service is outstanding!

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Alyssa K.

The staff was very friendly and warm, even to someone like me who hadn't been to a dentist in far too long. They were thorough and professional, and the atmosphere was great- they even let me choose a Pandora station to listen to while waiting.


Ayman Boutros MD

Optometrists, Ophthalmologists

4900 Seminary Rd Alexandria, VA
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Marianne T.

Here's a tip, come at least 30 minutes late to your appt time. This office is notorious for overbooking and it's not uncommon to wait 30-60 min past your scheduled time!! I don't know about you, but my time is valuable so I strongly urge you to not be on time. As a further aside do not come 15 minutes early as they counsel. The front desk used to be extremely surly but they have new people now who are nicer. Should anyone give you a problem for coming ' late ' just tell them your time is as valuable as the doctors so when they start taking patients on time you will adjust your arrival time! On the positive side, Dr Reisner is very good. He goes the extra mile and has a nice manner.


Alan J. Pollack, MD

Optometrists, Ophthalmologists

4660 Kenmore Ave Alexandria, VA
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D A.

Dr. Pollack was recommended to me by my dentist and a few other people. Had a check up and two other issues looked at while there for my appointment. Office is clean and full of great equipment. The waiting area is comfortable and was not crammed full of people like I had seen with other opthalmologists who seem to overbook.

Dr. Pollack's staff are professional and friendly. I felt very comfortable with them. Dr. Pollack was very thorough in his examination and listed several treatment options for my condition as well as took the time to explain what was going on. I had a very pleasant experience and have found a new opthalmologist for the future.

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MacRae O.

It's fun trying to do work with compromised vision due to pupils the size of dinner plates. And wearing sunglasses indoors, too, like Roy Orbison only less cool.

I've been coming to this office for over 15 years now -- first when it was Huberman, then when it was Huberman & Pollack, and now that it's just Pollack -- so clearly I'm satisfied. There's a large waiting room with plenty of comfy chairs and lots of mags (good, mindless ones like "People"). The office staff is friendly. Public radio is piped into the exam rooms so news of the latest fuel cell technology can distract you from the instruments poking and prodding your eyeballs. The exam techs are professional. And Dr. Pollack is a very nice doctor...I haven't really *seen* him tho, because we always meet once I've had two rounds of retina-burning eye drops and been forced to take my contacts out. But the amorphous blur I talk to has a very warm and calming persona.

They do overextend the schedule a bit here, which is frustrating. Several people will be given the same appointment time. I know eye exams themselves are time-consuming, but nearly 2 hours for a routine check-up is pretty standard here (is that normal? Maybe it is, since this is one of the only optometrists I've been to). My boss said she was just about to send out a K9 unit when I finally showed up at work this morning.

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Mickey R.

Dr. Pollack is a skilled surgeon, a sharp diagnostician, and a genuinely nice person. He operated on my cataracts last year and the outcomes were beyond my expectations. After some high tech tests, I was told that I was a good candidate for the premium lens (meaning I won't need reading glasses anymore). I know that Dr. Pollack has done hundreds, if not thousands, of these lenses, so I opted to pay extra for the upgraded lenses. I knew I was in good hands. The fact that I don't have to wear reading glasses anymore is amazing to me. Dr. Pollack was very patient with me and took the time to answer all of my questions. His office environment is a positive one. I noticed that Dr. Pollack had a nice rapport with his staff, joking around with them, but also treating them with respect. The staff seemed happy to be working there. I actually look forward to my visits with Dr. Pollack because my experiences have been so pleasant.

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Emily C.

I had a very pleasant experience with both the technician and Dr. Pollack. The appointment did seem to take a very long time, but they were down one technician for the day, hopefully that was the only reason for the back-up of patients.

Unfortunately I have had a very hard time with the office staff since my appointment. It has now taken four different calls to the office and two calls to insurance to (hopefully) finally get it sorted out that I had the wrong charge on my statement. They insisted that I owed $135 for my appointment when I was confident (and, it turns out, correct) that I only owed $35. They were rude to me on the phone and continually blew me off when I tried to correct the problem. By the third time I called, it became clear that no one had even looked at my statement to see that I had been charged for the same exam twice (under slightly different codes), which is obviously why insurance wasn't covering it. When they finally directed me to their external billing company, I was treated with respect and the problem was solved.


Appelbaum Stanley A


6509 Democracy Blvd Bethesda, MD
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Samantha E.

I took my 7 year old son to Dr. Stanley Applebaum on Aug 22,2014 for a vision therapy assessment. Vision therapy itself is amazing and the assessment, although long and Dr. Stan being extremely long winded, surprisingly egotistical and arrogant, was helpful (for my son's future needs of vision therapy to enhance his reading capabilities). Here is where it gets more than unprofessional and extraordinarily problematic.. I told Dr Applebaum that we were referred to his office by my cousin who lives in the Washington, DC area. We, however, do not live nearby, so we were doing the assessment to find out if our son needs vision therapy. We would then need Dr. Applebaum's formal evaluation to take to a therapist in NYC. After 2 hours of listening to Dr. Applebaum toot his own horn and paying the $450 fee, I left hoping that the assessment would be done (as the office staff promised) in a week and faxed immediately to our local vision therapist. Over a week later, I called the office, at which time an exceptionally ill mannered secretary, told me that the my son's full evaluation was on the doctor's desk waiting to be faxed and he "will get to it when he gets to it." I was beyond disturbed by this cavalier attitude toward a very simple request for information that we had already paid for. I reiterated that our new vision therapist in NYC needed the assessment to being the work that my son needs and time is of the essence. To no avail...the secretary was completely unconcerned and callous and that was that. Today we arrived back at our NYC vision therapist's office for our #3 vision therapy treatment (they were kind enough to begin treatment without repeating the initial assessment). Our new doctor looked at me again and said the assessment had still not been sent. I called Applebaum's office again and was then told that he mailed it off 2 weeks ago...when it was said to have been on his desk. I then asked for tracking information and or the possibility of reprinting and faxing as previously requested, to which I was told by a different secretary, that she had no jurisdiction in this area and that no one in the office is authorized to make any copies of patient's records except Dr. Applebaum. I would have to wait for the doctor to call me back....

Long and the short is...this therapist/office is less than professional, the office is very difficult to deal with at best. If you are looking for an excellent vision therapist in the Washington, DC/MD/VA metropolitan area, check out Dr. Robert Jacobs in McLean, Virginia.

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