Best and worst opticians stores
Opticians stores compared
By Anna Studman
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We surveyed nearly 6,200 Which? members to find out which optician shops they rated the best and worst, including Boots and Specsavers.
Our table below reveals the best and worst optician shops, as voted for by thousands of their customers in a 2018 Which? poll.
All major high street chains are rated – from chains such as Boots Opticians, Specsavers and Vision Express, to Asda and Tesco, and even Costco and independents.
Logged-in Which? members can find out which opticians received the highest customer score, and which were rated best for different aspects including price, value for money, special offers and product quality.
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Best and worst optician stores
Based on Which? survey of 6,189 members, conducted July 2018.
*Dollond & Aitchison merged with Boots in 2009: all branches will, in due course, adopt the Boots Opticians brand.
Stores had to get at least 30 responses to be included in the overall table. If there were fewer than 30 answers for any area - for example, customer service - a rating is not given.
Customer score is based on satisfaction with the store on last visit and likelihood of recommending to a friend.
Our unique customer-survey insight gives an overview of how each store rates for attributes such as product quality, price and aftercare.
But it's less easy to judge whether your optometrist is doing what it should, including the performing the right eye tests and giving an accurate prescription.
In October 2017, we sent undercover researchers to 30 optician stores for check-ups. We found that a worrying 13 out of 30 visits were rated poor or very poor by our expert panel of optometrists.
Poor eye consultations could leave you with the wrong glasses
In the worst cases, optometrists issued inaccurate prescriptions that didn’t correct eyesight problems such as astigmatism or double vision, which would have left our researchers with unsafe glasses.
Other failings included:
- some optometrists failing to warn patients about common eye-health problems
- important tests being missed, such as checking the pressure of the eyes or looking at the health of the front of the eye. These tests could reveal potentially serious eye-health problems.
We did see some examples of great practice, too, including one visit to an independent optometrist that was rated ‘excellent’ because of the thorough eye test, clear advice and accurate prescription.
See our advice on the best place to have an eye test to find out how to recognise each eye test and what it's for, and to get tips on taking control of your consultation.