Dr. Gavin Cohen discovered his career as an optometrist through another one of his passions, wildlife photography. Cohen, who was raised in South Africa, started photographing his surroundings at a young age and, now that he lives in Atlanta, he travels back to his birthplace several times a year for photography expeditions. While some people hunt the “big five” game animals — the African lion, African element, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros — for sport and to collect them as trophies, Cohen photographs them in their natural habitats.
Cohen’s photographs line the walls at his two Atlanta practices, and he also sells his eye wear brand, Karoo, at his shop at Ponce City Market in Midtown Atlanta. In addition to developing a line of eyeglasses, Cohen has developed his own “orthokeratology” technique, which involves fitting patients with contact lenses they wear overnight to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia by actually reshaping the cornea.
Published by StyleBlueprint | Written by Melanie Preis
When you walk into the Karoo eyewear store, it feels like you’ve stepped into an upscale travel outfitter. The walls are covered in reclaimed wood and images of far-off locations and exotic animals. Every corner of the store features travel pieces, like vintage binoculars, that seem like they came straight from a wild excursion or luggage that bears the wear and tear of being carried around the world. Even the name Karoo evokes another land far from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. But as you peruse the boutique and see the gorgeous frames dotting the walls, even hanging from the ceiling as part of the decor, you realize this isn’t your average eyeglasses store.