Advantages there are still a lot of dedicated Opticians
Disadvantages none - but marketing your health by executives may lead to damage long term, and boost company profits
Note: I introduced this general subject category to Ciao on 21 December 2000. It is not intended to be about any specific named Opticians as there are "specific" named categories for Chains of Optical Groups at Ciao. This is a general Optician's category related to Opticians and Optometry in general, the term for category was agreed with Ciao and this was the first opinion.
The health of one’s eyes is of the up most importance. There are a vast range of Optician’s to choose from these days from the small private optometrist to large multinational chains. This is a personal opinion on the general state I feel the field of Optometry has got to in the United Kingdom.So you are walking down the High Street and yours eyes catch glimpses of offers that read something like “BUY ONE GET ONE FREE”. So what’s this? Try to be careful when judging these types of offers. The headlines only reflect what can only be described as the start of the demise of the health service by the American venture groups which have infiltrated the UK healthcare market (i.e Opticians in particular).
So what is important, when visiting Opticians is NOT the glossy display of designer frames from Gucci, Armani, YSL, Adidas or Rodenstock but the quality of professional eye care and time that is devoted to your eye test. When looking for an Optometrist- try to concentrate on finding a genuine Optometrist private or one of the large Multiples e.g. Vision Express, Boots etc.) who cares more for your health by devoting "more time to your eye test" and less on profit or less time in helping you choose an expensive designer frame which has been etched with some initials.An eye test is recommended every 2 years by the NHS and prices vary from as £12 to £25 approx depending where you are in the country. Some may even be entitled to a "free" eye test, find out from a visit to your local optician. At the time of your eye test be sure to ask the Optician any questions or queries you may have; you are entitled to see records of your eye's health and prescription etc.
I personally am not attracted by such marketing offers as "Buy one Get one Free!" often seen at Multiples to push up yearly profits. If it is really what you wanted then by all means go for these Offers.
Many of the multiples are encouraged to perform as many eye tests as possible in one day; say 20 eye tests/per day and will get in young optometrists or locums who can keep the fast pace and high turnover like a factory. I am sure there are some good ones out there as well, but "time" and "number of tests" is a "crucial" factor they work on, as they say; time is money.
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