Optometrists- big chains or solo practitioner?
December 1, 2005 5:46 PM Subscribe
When shopping around for an optometrist, is it better to go to a solo practitioner, or a national chain (i.e. Pearle Vision, LensCrafters)? Which do you prefer, and why?
posted by invisible ink to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved to a new area, and am currently looking for a new eye doctor. In the past, I've always gone to either Pearle Vision or Lens Crafters and had pretty average experiences at both. I'm now thinking of switching to a solo practitioner, but I have a few questions:
1) I'm getting re-fitted for contact lenses, and the last time I did this, I had to go through several brands before I found the right type for my astigmatism. This was at Pearle Vision, and they had no problem with letting me test-drive several pairs over the course of a few weeks. Do optometrists operating their own practices also allow their patients to do this? Or is this something that only the big chains offer?
2) How does one find a good optometrist, especially if you're new to the area?
3) I don't currently have a vision plan, and will be paying for this with my credit card. Am I likely to experience a big difference in costs, if I see a solo practitioner rather than someone at one of the chains?
Thanks in advance to everyone:-)