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Alec1

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a local (or within half hourish travel) optician who sees adult NHS patients and has a good selection of frames, not just designer high-cost ones! Specifically looking for a place that is thorough, not rushed.
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Alec1 Wrote:

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> Does anyone have a recommendation for a local (or

> within half hourish travel) optician who sees

> adult NHS patients and has a good selection of

> frames, not just designer high-cost ones!

> Specifically looking for a place that is thorough,

> not rushed.



Are you aware that you can go to any optician, get your prescription, and then shop around for frames from wherever you like?


You don't have to use the same optician as does your eye test for your frames.


I go to the Institute of Optometry at the Elephant for eye tests and contact lens checks, then I shop around for frames and get my multifocal contact lenses online.


They don't have a great selection of frames there but I go there because I trust the people to get the prescription right (it's a teaching institute).

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Sue Wrote:

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> Alec1 Wrote:

> --------------------------------------------------

> -----

> > Does anyone have a recommendation for a local

> (or

> > within half hourish travel) optician who sees

> > adult NHS patients and has a good selection of

> > frames, not just designer high-cost ones!

> > Specifically looking for a place that is

> thorough,

> > not rushed.

>

>

> Are you aware that you can go to any optician, get

> your prescription, and then shop around for frames

> from wherever you like?

>

> You don't have to use the same optician as does

> your eye test for your frames.

>

> I go to the Institute of Optometry at the Elephant

> for eye tests and contact lens checks, then I shop

> around for frames and get my multifocal contact

> lenses online.

>

> They don't have a great selection of frames there

> but I go there because I trust the people to get

> the prescription right (it's a teaching

> institute).


Absolutely Sue, I would rather not have all the hassle of doing so though. My last experience with the Institute, where I did indeed do exactly what you suggest, wasn't great. Perhaps I was unlucky, as previous times had been great, but the last time I was very put off by a pushy patronizing optician.

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bigmacca1 Wrote:

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> Can highly recommend London eye care Centre in

> London rd Forest hill, Have always had excellent

> eye tests and overrule service. 0208 6993196


thank you. :-)

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Alec1 Wrote:

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> val Wrote:

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> > Would highly recommend Paine and Hunter

> Lordship

> > Lane

>

> thank you. :-)


Agree with the Paine & Hunter recommendation.

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Alec1 Wrote:

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> Sue Wrote:

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> -----

> > Alec1 Wrote:

> >

> --------------------------------------------------

>

> > -----

> > > Does anyone have a recommendation for a local

> > (or

> > > within half hourish travel) optician who sees

> > > adult NHS patients and has a good selection

> of

> > > frames, not just designer high-cost ones!

> > > Specifically looking for a place that is

> > thorough,

> > > not rushed.

> >

> >

> > Are you aware that you can go to any optician,

> get

> > your prescription, and then shop around for

> frames

> > from wherever you like?

> >

> > You don't have to use the same optician as does

> > your eye test for your frames.

> >

> > I go to the Institute of Optometry at the

> Elephant

> > for eye tests and contact lens checks, then I

> shop

> > around for frames and get my multifocal contact

> > lenses online.

> >

> > They don't have a great selection of frames

> there

> > but I go there because I trust the people to

> get

> > the prescription right (it's a teaching

> > institute).

>

> Absolutely Sue, I would rather not have all the

> hassle of doing so though. My last experience with

> the Institute, where I did indeed do exactly what

> you suggest, wasn't great. Perhaps I was unlucky,

> as previous times had been great, but the last

> time I was very put off by a pushy patronizing

> optician.



I can understand that, but you can ask not to see a particular person, as I did once (though with contact lenses).

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