Optician

Why Independent Opticians Are Better

Choosing an independent optician is clearly the right choice. Most of us would agree that our eyes are the most important of our senses and losing your vision would be awful.

People who enjoy excellent vision often wonder whether they really need to schedule an eye exam. But an eye exam is just as much about checking the health of your eyes as it is evaluating how well you can see. Independent opticians, like us, put eye health at the forefront of their services and here’s why we think you independent is best:

Dedicate time

Independent opticians can dedicate the time needed to give you a thorough and properly explained eye examination rather than a rushed job. We avoid booking as many patients into our clinics as high street opticians, so we have time to talk to you as a human rather than a person on our database and are not rushing to see the next patient. Some of the discoveries made in our testing rooms have been potentially lifesaving and they have come through checking patients’ eyes thoroughly and deeper conversation after the test have been completed. You can find our more about the importance of an eye examination here.

Create the right environment and team

Independent opticians want to put together a team of experts that work well together and will strive to give their patients exceptional service. When you visit your independent optician you want to be examined by a highly qualified and professional optometrist who has the ability to explain the tests they are carrying out and answer any questions you may have, giving you peace of mind. You want to choose your glasses in a relaxed and friendly environment where our team can help you pick a pair of glasses that suits your personality and lifestyle. So, we choose people who have the ability to help you achieve your glasses goal. We also want to make sure that we have an efficient team on the back end who look after the day to day running, ensuring your glasses are ordered, checked and delivered on time and call you back when your next eye examination is due, never missing any eye related conditions. Collecting your glasses is also a big deal for us so we spend time making sure everything fits perfectly and you can see clearly.

Get to know you and your family

You will usually see the same familiar faces at independent opticians and they will take the time to get to know you and your family. This can help to make you feel at ease if you are nervous about a particular eye problem that needs monitoring on a regular basis. When you and your family start building a bond with your local opticians, we start to connect the dots with your family’s medical history. Some eye conditions are genetic and can be passed down generations. Knowing the genetic conditions a parent has, allows us to monitor your children and their eye care closely with greater awareness.

Work with local communities and businesses

Independent opticians get excited by this. We work with local communities sponsoring local sporting teams, running events at schools and bringing the business community together. It’s important for us to support local businesses in looking after their employees so that they can work effectively and comfortably. At Realeyes, we work with alongside the Vision Care Partnership (VSP) that gives employees access to eye care services and added value on a range of eyewear, contact lenses and eye care products. When you visit a VSP network optician you gain access to a great range of savings across your eyecare services taken care of under your benefits allowance. Find out more by clicking here. We also work with companies in the area to offer a competitive corporate plan so that employees can have their eye examined.

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Invest in Specialist Equipment

Like with any specialist independent store in any industry, independent opticians will spend money on specialist equipment. The leader in the field is the OCT – 3D eye scan which offers in depth analysis of the eyes and can detect conditions up to four years in advance. Independent opticians will have specialist knowledge and equipment to help you diagnose eye related conditions and offer the right course of treatment or point you to the right specialist. Directors of independent opticians, like us, will most likely be optometrists or work closely in the field. They have a vested interest in optometry and furthering their studies in eye related matters – so it’s not just a job for them!

Run Specialist Clinics:

Independent opticians will have the time and expertise to offer specialist clinics. For us, this would include clinics like a dry eye clinic, helping patients who suffer from sore, watery, uncomfortable eyes that feel gritty at times or a visual and learning clinic where we can help children and adults who come to us complaining that when they are reading books the text moves, they get tired reading or they get headaches, eye strains or even migraines. These clinics are a vital part of your eye health. We can give specialist advice to computer users easing their eye strain.

Create a love for fashion

Independent opticians can spend time looking at fashion house across the globe and choosing the latest pair of glasses that suit the community they serve. You’ll find some stores carry more exclusive brands because patients come is asking for something a little more unique. We spend time getting to know our customers and their fashion sense and choose frames accordingly and train staff to offer the best glasses to suit face shapes. We partner up with the likes of Gucci, Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, Oakley to others alike to bring you the latest designs.

 At Realeyes we love looking after your eyes. We love talking to you about the best solution for any eye health or vision problems and uncovering solutions together that will help you see and feel better. 

We want our customers see the best and look the best whatever they do in life. The right lenses can help ease the workload and make you more efficient in all parts of your life.

Six Month glasses MOT

Why You Need a Six Month Glasses MOT

Why it's Important

When you invest in a pair of great glasses you want them to work for you and your eyes. With the best will in the world; even though we advise you to put them in their glasses case when you’re not wearing them and put them on with two hands, sometimes we just forget.

Servicing Your Glasses

The six month MOT is your chance to come in an allow our experts to service your glasses; securing the screws, cleaning the lenses, replace components and give them a sonic clean.

It just takes a few minutes for us to check your glasses and restore them. Many patients use this as an opportunity to tell us how they are getting on with their glasses. We can make any adjustments needed, usually on the spot.

See You Soon

So, just like a diamond ring that needs a polish every year to dazzle and shine, your glasses need an MOT to work for you.

During Covid-19 we request you call and book your six month MOT.

Glasses

Great Tips On Taking Care of Your Glasses

You’ve bought a great pair of glasses but how do you look after them and clean them.

Our experts have put together these top cleaning and care tips for your spectacles to help you.

Cleaning Your Glasses

Regular cleaning of the lenses helps to keep them in their optimal state for as long as possible. A bit like brushing your teeth every day.

Use the Right Cleaning Cloth

Never use paper towels, tissues or clothing to clean your glasses lenses – these all have textured surfaces which can easily scratch your lenses. We recommend microfibre cloths. Check your glasses case – you should already have one.

Buy a Special Glass Lens Cleaner

Specifically designed for glasses, lens cleaners are an essential piece of care kit. Don’t dry wipe – debris or dust can scratch the lens if rubbed with a cloth. And don’t use bleach, vinegar, household cleaners, spit or any other chemical to clean the lenses as these can tear off lens coatings.

Nose Pads on Your Eye Glasses

Nose pads absorb dirt, dust and other natural oils so regular cleaning is essential. If you think you could do with a nose pad wash, come in anytime. Best of all – it’s free.

A few words of wisdom to help keep those glasses looking sharp

The Put on/Take Off Method for your Glasses

It’s true, there’s a right way to put your glasses on and take them off – all it requires is for you to use both hands. Only using one hand can misalign your frame, which means they don’t position correctly which means impaired vision.

Not on your Head

Frames stretch and the most common cause of stretching is resting your frame on your head.

Storing your Spectacles

Always place glasses snugly away in the glasses case. Never rest them down on a surface lens first or place them in bags or pockets as they’ll get scratched. Never leave them on hot surfaces (e.g. on the dashboard in the car in hot weather) as you’ll probably end up with a bent frame.

At Realeyes, we offer a six month glasses MOT where you can come in and have your glasses cleaned and tightened. Call your usual branch number for more information. 

Your Local branch information. http://www.realeyesuk.com/branches

I have a small face – what type of glasses should I wear?

I have a small face – what type of glasses should I wear?

Although style is a personal choice we’ve put together some tip to help those of us with smaller faces to choose the perfect pair. The demand in different types of frames and designs in on an ever increase and designers are getting creative in meeting the demands of the wearers and their face shapes.

Our in-house stylists have put together some top tips to help you choose the perfect pair.

Avoid glasses with a thin frame. Picking a thin frame will narrow your face further and the glasses will look ill fitted. Our team of stylists will be on hand to guide you through the latest trends and designer brands we carry. Many designer brands have a range for smaller faces and its easier to find a pair to suit your face type.

Pick glasses that have details on the temples or accents or are deep horn rimmed. This will style your face symmetrically and give your face a balanced look.

Pick a frame that’s roughly up to 50mm in diameter. Frames come in different widths and a smaller width will fit a thinner face better.

A frame that is a wide oval or rectangular will work your face shape outwards rather than thinning your face down further. It will accentuate your check bones.

Choosing the right pair of glasses is a very unique and personal experience. Glasses should compliment your personality and at the same time provide you with a high level of comfort. Our dispensing opticians are at hand to give you the best advice and are trained to help you find the perfect pair, whatever your face shape. Book a consultation with us today.