“ / Type: Opticians „
Well, that was the most bizarre shopping trip ever to Tesco. Mrs R and I have just got home from doing our weekly shop and whilst in Tesco we were approached by a very friendly assistant asking us if we needed an eye test. Random? Maybe but as it happens we had been discussing this over the past week or so and had both decided to wait until after Christmas before booking in somewhere to have our eyes checked out.
I've needed glasses since I was 16 and lost my last pair of glasses a few years ago, my wife had her eyes last tested about 6 years ago so we were both more than ready.
We must have been in the right place at the right time as the assistant told us that today (Monday) is free eye test day in Tesco and if we went to the instore Optician we would be able to get an appointment and get them looked at right away. So off we trotted to the counter, and within 10 minutes we were both sat waiting for our appointment.
My wife went first and I waited my turn, 10 minutes later I was called in and sat in front of a friendly, qualified optician. I had the usual tests without fuss or hassle and was told that I should be wearing glasses all the time as I am short sighted. I knew this already so it came as no surprise and I was given a prescription to take back out to the assistants for me to have a look at the range of frames available.
Meeting up with my wife I found out that she needed a pair for reading and driving and together we had a look at the frames on offer.
I don't know if this is an ongoing offer with Tesco but I was able to pick a pair of frames with lenses included for £89.00 and then got a second pair free. There was plenty of choice available and making my selection was easy, I settled on a pair that I liked and set about looking for a second pair. I asked the assistant if the second pair could have tinted lenses so I could wear them as sunglasses, and yes, for an extra £10.00 this was not a problem.
As my wife only needed a pair of glasses for driving and reading she chose a cheap frame and lenses for only £40.00 which looked really good quality and definitely sturdy enough for the time she will wear them for. All in all we got 2 pairs of regular glasses with lenses included, plus a pair of prescription sunglasses with 2 eye tests all in for £139.00. How much of a bargain is that? My two pairs are both designer brands and will be ready to pick up instore in only a few days time.
I'm very impressed with Tesco, I know that I was a good prospect for the assistant and they gained as much from me as I did from them, but for the choice available and the friendliness of the staff they really were excellent. We only went out to do a bit of shopping and ended up spending an additional £139.00 but considering what we actually got I have no grumbles whatsoever.
I have never thought of using Tesco Optician before and was going to go to Specsavers, but if this is the sort of experience they offer I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful and didn't pester when we were selecting our frames. We could have both gone for a cheap selection and I don't think the staff would have tried to up sell to a more expensive choice, they didn't offer any additional extras that usually mean more money to the buyer and on top of all that we even got double clubcard points.
A brilliant experience that I would recommend to anyone needing an eye test or a new pair of glasses. This has opened my eyes (no pun intended) to other areas of Tesco that I would have not normally considered and I will certainly be telling my family and friends to give them a go.
5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, can't find a single fault!
I decided to try my local Tesco Opticians a few months back, I had been thinking about getting my eyes tested for quite a while because my old reading glasses were not doing their job as well as they used to, but I kept putting it off because of the expense.
One Sunday after doing the weekly shop I walked passed the Opticians and noticed free eye test and reading glasses from £15. Plus club card points; so on the spur of the moment I made an appointment, they made me one for the following day. That impressed me where else could you go on a Sunday and get a slot for the following day?
When I visited the store the next day I was taken into a cubicle to get the test for glaucoma the girl was very nice and put me at ease straight away, this took all of five minutes then after a two minute wait I was taken into another cubicle for the eye test.
They were very thorough and professional, in fact it surprised me just how much time the optician spent with me when all I needed was a pair of reading glasses.
After he had done all the tests he asked if I found the world a bit bleak! I quickly quipped back 'Well yes sometimes I can get a bit low' he laughed and asked me to read the lowest line of a chart on the wall I couldn't even see the letters then he popped a lens into the examination specs on my eyes and everything became so clear, I was absolutely gob smacked.
I had quite bad vision for long distance and hadn't realised, it comes on so slowly that you just accept it.
He advised me not to drive until I had glasses which totally shocked me at the time.
I was advised to go for 'Vari Focals' and was then taken out to browse through the frames that were suitable for these types of lenses. I got a bit lost at this stage I really didn't know what would suit me but one of the assistants kindly helped and gave me her opinion.
They had an offer on of 'buy one get one free' so I chose two pairs and paid £149.
They marked up the lenses with a special glass pen going by my prescription and I had to pay for them straight away, and they told me that they would be ready within seven days.
Three days late I received a phone call to let me know that my glasses had arrived in the store and that I could pick them up any time suitable to me.
I called in the following day and they checked that both pairs fitted my face comfortably and gave me advice on how to look through them for close up and long distance.
I could not get on with them at first they gave me terrible headaches so I returned to the store for them to check the lenses they assured me that I would get used to them and suggested that I give them a further fortnight but if I still found them unsuitable then they would change them for a pair of long distance and the other for reading free of charge.
I did eventually master my glasses and now I can read road signs from quite a distance. To be quite honest it has amazed me just how hazy my eye sight was so I will definitely be going for regular checks in future and I will be using Tesco because of the excellent service and the good prices.