Boots is the UK’s favourite pharmacy, boasting an endless range of beauty and wellbeing products which will ensure you have all you need for the cold winter days.
You may not be aware, but it’s also a brand you can rely on when it comes to style choices for eyewear for him or for her. Boots Opticians is making waves with its stunning collection of optical fashion wear.
From sunglasses to spectacles the brand works with the very best brands including Ray Ban, Emporio Armani, DKNY to name a few.
Boots first began trading in the British optical retail market in 1983 in Nottingham, before opening practices in Peterborough, Leeds, Mansfield, Luton and Derby in 1984. Boots Opticians Ltd. was formed in 1987, with the acquisition of Clement Clarke Ltd. and Curry and Paxton Ltd.
Most recently in 2009 the brand has enjoyed renewed success since the merge with Dollond & Aitchison, forming a chain of 690 stores and 5,000 staff after Boots purchased a controlling share in D&A.
One cold morning this winter, we went along for an eye-health check at Boots, to try out their award winning service and see firsthand the excellent customer service of both the staff and optometrist in store.
First off, being greeted by the extremely helpful student Dispensing Optician Georgie who did the pre checks including taking photographs of the back of the eyes, pressure test and also peripheral vision checks.
A visit to the opticians not only helps identify potential problems with your eyesight before they develop but also provides a window to your overall health. That’s because eyes can give an early indication of common health problems, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
These tests if you’re not used to them can cause a little discomfort, especially the eye pressure test. Luckily though, in the hands of Georgie it was very quick and hassle free.
When the optician Harprit Jawanda took a closer look at the photographs of the back of the eye however, he did notice that the left eye was showing signs of damage to the optic nerve. Although it can be quite a common occurrence in older adults, it can be a sign of glaucoma. The optic nerve carries information from the light-sensitive surface inside your eye (retina) to the brain enabling you to see that information as a picture. When glaucoma develops, the optic nerve is damaged by a build up of pressure in the eye which, if untreated, can lead to blindness. Obviously, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so I was referred to hospital for a more in depth check.
As the eye test continued, my general sight was still pretty good with glasses, so the actual prescription I was given wasn’t very different to my previous prescription two years ago.
When searching for a new frame, I always find it difficult to search. I find the top edge of men’s glasses if too curved can be too feminine a style, and also if the bottom edge or sides are too curved that too can look a bit too feminine.
I found the perfect compromise however with a tortoise shell colour pair of Lozza specs. Just straight lined enough to give masculinity that gives more confidence whilst wearing the frames, with the added bonus of some natural curves and a deep lens for added style.
Finally, the lenses. As a computer, phone user I often find the time has added up to well over 10 hours in a day by the time I go to bed (terrible I know). However, Boots has an amazing product up their sleeve in their digital enhanced lenses which helps reduce eye strain or fatigue.
When the glasses arrived the store contacted me straight away, and had them waiting for me when I arrived.
Without a doubt, for anyone who is keen to find out more about Boots opticians, and the excellent service they provide to customers, just visit their website to find out more.