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A Clear Choice: Why Quality Matters When Choosing Your Optician

Updated: Mar 13

When it comes to taking care of our eyes, the choices we make can impact not just our vision, but our overall look and how we feel about ourselves. Let's chat about why opting for quality in choosing your optician—and those designer glasses—is a choice that pays off in the long run.

Optician August Eyewear supports Perth with one of the best collections of designer glasses.
Optician August Eyewear supports Perth with one of the best collections of designer glasses.

Why Quality Counts

Think of the last time you went glasses shopping. You might have been tempted by the low prices at big retail chains. And it's true, they do cater to a lot of people. But here's the thing: specialist, independent opticians offer something that commercial retail chains can't—exclusive, quality designer glasses and eyewear that stand out from the crowd. This isn't just about looking good (though that's a big plus); It's about investing in frames that last longer, are timeless in design, and simply look stunningly good.

The Difference Between an Optometrist and an Optician

First off, let's clear up a common confusion. An optometrist is someone you visit for an eye exam. They check your vision and overall eye health. If you need glasses or contact lenses, they'll give you a prescription. An optician, on the other hand, is where you take that prescription to get your glasses or lenses made. They're the experts in making sure your glasses fit perfectly and meet your style needs. Sometimes, larger retail chains also offer glasses and frames, next to their optometrist service. But this doesn't mean you have to buy from them.

Independent Opticians

Independent opticians are known for their selection of designer eyewear that you won't find in places the larger retail opticians or optometrist chains today. Why does this matter? Because these frames are not just about vision correction; they're a fashion statement, a piece of art you wear on your face. They're made to last, often up to three times longer than the usual frames you'd find at retail chains. Yes, they might be pricier—sometimes up to 3 to 5 times more than standard frames. But remember, you get what you pay for: style, durability, and personalised service.

FAQs Answered

Why go to an optometrist? To get your eyes checked, of course! Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good vision and eye health. Whether it's a standard eye test or checking for changes in your vision, an optometrist plays a key role in your vision care.

Why visit an optician? Once you have your prescription, an optician is your next stop. They'll help you choose the right frames and lenses for your needs. Plus, they'll ensure your new glasses fit just right, maximizing comfort and style.

Why are retail chains' glasses so cheap? These chains can offer lower prices because they cater to the masses, often at the expense of personalised service and unique, high-quality frames.

How much should I pay for glasses? The cost can vary widely depending on the frames and lenses you choose. While it's tempting to go for the cheapest option, remember that investing in quality glasses from an independent optician can mean better durability, style, and vision correction in the long run.

What does an optician do? Opticians are the folks who take your prescription and bring it to life. They help you choose your frames and lenses, ensuring you walk out with glasses that not only help you see better but also look great and feel comfortable.

Why Choose Us?

As an independent optician, August Eyewear believes in the importance of both vision health and style. We recommend an eye check every year or two, or sooner if you notice changes in your vision. Our selection of designer glasses and eyewear is curated to offer timeless style and enduring quality. Remember, caring for your eyes with quality vision care and stylish frames is an investment in yourself—one that pays dividends in how you see the world and how the world sees you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our store, and provide you with the exceptional service and high-quality designer glasses that you can expect from your independent optician.

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