Whether you have a pre-existing eye condition or sight problem that you need attending to by having your prescription lenses changed and fabricated to your developing eyes, or if you are getting regular checkups as you get older to maintain your vision well into your golden years, it’s important that you find the best kind of optician in your local area to handle the treatment of this most delicate part of your body. However despite there being a wealth of great and experienced independent opticians running their own establishments, most people inevitably go for the local and convenience of large chain opticians, which while being snazzy looking and fast, may not provide you with the most through of eye care.
However, as with any kind of healthcare, it’s really important that you make the right decision as ultimately, an incorrect diagnosis of your eye health could hurt you more than just in your wallet as your eye health is an important indicator of your overall health. So let’s take a look at a few tips to help you determine the best opticians in your area.
Reputation and age of establishment
Now as with any service in the modern era, its important and helpful for you as the customer to look up the optician’s past customers on the internet by looking through the undoubted reviews of their service, however the optician’s industry is strange in the way that due to the fairly mundane sounding nature of glasses, unless prompted by the optician, many people won’t leave reviews about their experience or the products they received. In these instances there is another way that you can tell just how well an optician serves their customers by looking at the age of establishment on their premises.
The independent optician’s trade is fairly competitive with much of the market being taken up by a few huge chain stores leaving what other clientele is left to be fiercely fought over. Generally speaking if an optician fails to live up to their customer’s expectation or they don’t provide either the best quality or variety of frames and lenses, they will close far quicker than one that does. Look for opticians with at least three years of ownership under their belt for the best chances.
Quality of care
One of the main advantages of using an independent optometrist is that they usually are not under the insufferable and detrimental targets and expectations of turnaround time that the optometrists working for the big chain opticians and generally they are aware of this and they put the extra time into making sure that they give the best quality of care possible. However unfortunately this isn’t always the case and some misguided owners have their minds set too much on efficiency and unfortunately will attempt to “speed up” the amount of time that the optometrists will spend with their patients in a bid to cram as many in as possible.
So always ensure that your opticians is taking the necessary care and precautions when It comes to your eye health and if they hare sizing you up for lenses, make sure that they exhaust a few different options and methods of testing your eyes as this will give you the best possible match in lenses. After all if you wanted a plain and generic “fits any eye” kind of spectacle, it would be far easier and cheaper to buy a pair of these reading glasses.
Type of optometrist
Now as there are different kinds of doctors, for different applications of the medical world that treat different ailments and provide completely different services, so too are there different kinds of optometrist. It is after all one of the great forgotten spheres of medicine, even more so than dentistry! So it’s important that you choose the right kind of optometrist for your particular needs. For serious and potentially degrading eye conditions that may require surgery or other conditions not directly affecting your eye lenses, you would probably need to see an ophthalmologist.
Whereas if you simply need your eyes examined and lenses made up or you want to explore different ways of adjusting your vision correctly, then you are more likely to need a regular optometrist, who is best suited to judge your vision, the health of your lenses, and is the most up to date on everything vision correction related.