I'm a big fan of smaller independent opticians because they are usually more friendly and have a great range of frames which differ from the usual suspects you might find in some chain stores. I'm not a glasses snob or anything but having worn them from a young age I take great pride in my eyewear and I like to know that I am in good hands when going along to my appointments.
I had been at Specsavers for a while after moving from another independent place in Glasgow (called i2i) but just never felt quite happy with my prescription and for a few other reasons. Visionary Eyecare is a few minutes walk from my work and having walked past it a bunch of times and been fixated with the lovely displays in the window I thought I would give it a shot.
I walked in and was greeted by the two lovely ladies and explained some of the issues I was having and low and behold, they were able to fit me in for an appointment that afternoon. The optometrist himself was absolutely lovely, and really tried hard to sort out my specy four eyes and I have to say they really went to town with my eye exam. It had turned out that my prescription was quite different to what Specsavers had rustled up for me previously and realising that my poor eyes were deteriorating so much I decided to treat myself to a new pair of spectacles.
I usually hate choosing glasses, and having the staff recommend you the most expensive and most gaudy frames they can possibly find but I was given a whole host of fabulous and eccentric choices to choose from, and took my time trying each on - it was actually quite a laugh! What I also liked is that the ladies were completely honest with me, and when I thought I looked cool in some of the frames, they diplomatically let me know that they didn't suit my skin tone/eye colour etc which is important when buying something you wear practically 24/7. Eventually I walked out having chose a pair of 60's style Ray Bans and whilst they were not cheap you are entitled to a free second pair from a limited selection. As I really didn't like any of the free selection, they actually suggested that if I had any sunglasses at home, that I could have those prescription-o-fied for free instead! I couldn't have been more delighted, I brought my shades in a few days later and I was even allowed to pick the colour of lens that I preferred and got them back under a week later.
It sort of feels weird writing a review about an optician, but they don't come much better than this place I can assure you!
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