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The Spectacle Factory is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 14 review(s).

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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I have been using the Spectacle Factory for a long time, but the latest visit was the best BY FAR..... I desperately needed an eye test, and was fitted in quickly. James, the optician, was excellent , as usual. 4 members of staff were outstanding in the service I received. Robert, Ben and Emma were absolutely perfect.....and Ruth, the manager was excellent, as she always is. The best visit by far...I cannot rate this place higher !!!

- K Rhys

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Welcomed by and dealt with Robert during the whole process of choosing through to final fitting. Great service, great range of glasses, really helpful and informative. I would highly recommend

- Jenny T

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After reading all the positive reviews I decided that a 40 minute drive would be worth it to try and get a new prescription and frames- I wear my glasses all day so need to get this right. I was so impressed with everyone’s desire to be helpful and make sure I was happy at every part of my visit. I wasn’t the quickest at choosing new frames but never felt rushed by Robert. He listened and gave helpful advice as we worked through choosing the frames and lenses I needed. They have a huge range of frames which meant I ended up with a pair I was really happy with. I actually chose a pair of prescription sunglasses as well, which I have been meaning to do for years. I loved the combination of cutting edge technology and personalised service. It’s so nice to see a team that places such a priority on customer satisfaction - they certainly deserve 5 stars.

- S McReynolds

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Fantastic service! I attended the spectacle factory over a year ago for an eye test. They were amazing, and so patient with me! My Polaroid frame broke recently, so in desperate need called the spectacle factory to order a replacement frame. They were so efficient and helpful. Also my frames were covered under warranty and I didn’t have to pay a penny. AMAZING. Couldn’t recommend them anymore!

- Rebecca F

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Friendly service, thanks to Robert who took the time and care to ensure that I was happy with my new glasses. I would definitely recommend.

- Paul Wellman

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Visited the Spectacle Factory a couple of weeks ago for the first time. James did my eye test and was very thorough and informative. Chose a pair of glasses afterwards with the help of another member of staff. Great customer service. I have always gone to high street opticians before and never sure what glasses suit me. I was allowed to take my time and offered helpful advice. Love my new glasses which I picked up with the week. I will be returning to the Spectacle factory in the future. Far superior in terms of quality and customer service compared to other opticians I have been too.

- J B

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My wife and I both have great glasses (and sunglasses) from The Spectacle Factory. Right from our very first visit we have been very impressed with the highest level of care and attention to detail, both with eye tests and the choice of lenses and frames. They seem to have a flair for helping you to choose the right glasses. Once your order is ready, nothing is too much trouble to ensure that the fit and the suitability of your glasses is perfect for your needs and that you are completely happy. Their ongoing service is second to none. We can highly recommend The Spectacle Factory..

- Geoff Gosling

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Came in today for help with some frames, repaired no questions asked, there and then on the spot Brilliant service

- Alex

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All the staff are so helpful and switched on to all your requirements I would recommend them all day what a good experience

- Roy gardiner

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The Spectacle Factory offer me the kind of customer service and ability to customise my choice of spectacles that just is simply not available on the High Street. From Initial contact, to delivery of the finished product, you are treated like a loyal friend. Nothing is too much trouble. Unbiased advise, on choosing the correct spectacles for your particular application. A vast range of frames from the very cheapest to the latest designer frames. I choose the Spectacle Factory, because they can provide me with, customised glasses, to align with my particular needs and requirements. Most high street opticians have a 'one size fits all' attitude. The Spectacle Factory does not subscribe to this theory and treats every client as an individual. Their eye sight is very comprehensive and is 50% longer than the industry standard. If you value your eyesight, and want the very best care, this is the place to visit.

- Paul van de Rooy

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Rob and the team were excellent help with the professionalism and advise . I will become a faithful member of the spectacle factory!! Thanks again team

- Dan Amin

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- James

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Excellent advice with a fantastic product range,

- Thomas Sayer

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Highly recommend The Spectacle Factory - excellent service will definitely be using again.

- Hattie

5 Decisions You Make That Affect Your Vision

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Interesting insight into what decisions you make that will affect your vision with a new pair of glasses.

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Most people think they get the best vision simply by having their eyes tested and getting their prescription put into a set of frames. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Here’s 5 decisions you have to make to get the best vision possible.

 

  • Which optician you choose.

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This is the big one, because every other aspect of the process to getting you the best vision stems from it. Not all companies have the same equipment, not only in the eye-test but also in the measurements for your new lenses. What’s more, although medical tests themselves are standardised, some companies spend longer than others to fine tune your prescription as much as possible.

 

  • What lens design you choose.

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Lenses are technology. Just like a photographer chooses the right lens to get the best image, so too you can see differently based on the lenses in your glasses. For example, here is the same image viewed through 2 different lenses with the same prescription:

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Crucially, not all opticians offer the same lenses. So, do your research on what an optician can offer you in terms of lens technology before you choose them.

 

  • What treatments you have applied to your lenses.

The video above is a great example of how the coating on your lenses can maintain the quality of your vision throughout the day. Most lenses pick up scratches, smears, water droplets, dust etc, all of which inhibit your vision. A good coating like High Vision Longlife from Hoya protects against these things.

  • What frames you choose.

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Wait. Frames are style. Lenses are vision… right? Wrong. The frame you choose can affect aspects of your vision such as your peripheral vision and the quality of your reading vision.

 

Did you know? Every single frame sits differently on your face. Therefore, your individual measurements for your glasses are dependent on the frames you choose. That’s why we use the iTerminal 2 from Zeiss (pictured below). It analyzes exactly how you wear your new glasses and makes adjustments to the lens design to help you get the best vision possible.

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  • Opting for eye protection.

 

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We now know that UV light and HEV light (also known as ‘blue light’) have harmful effects on the eye, some of them irreversible. Therefore, sunglasses should not be considered a fashion accessory, but an essential in today’s world. With people living longer, the average individual’s lifetime UV exposure has increased, which can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. High quality sunglasses protect from both UV and HEV light, so choose a good pair of sunglasses, and wear them as much as possible!

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Conclusion

 

The crucial thing to take from all of this is that your vision with glasses is really not just about your prescription at all. There are a number of factors involved, all of which you have control over if you choose the right optican. By ‘the right optician’, I mean a company who have access to the latest technologies (not the case in most places) and have a good, educational approach, to help you make the right decision. We work hard to make sure we’re a company that brings new technologies to the market first and educates our customers as much as possible.

 

 

You can find lots more advice in my book ‘how to choose the perfect glasses’, which you can request for free here. Or feel free to ask me any questions via twitter @specfactory, or by calling us on 01772 312213.

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