EYESIGHT IN FOCUS SELECT THE RIGHT SPECTACLES HOW TO CHOOSE
Buying a new pair of spectacles can be a daunting exercise thanks to the wide range available. Keep these things in mind:
The frames and lenses should be appropriate for your occupation, hobbies and budget;
The frames should be compatible with your prescription lenses, be comfortable and achieve your desired look;
When choosing lenses, consider the refractive index of the material (which influences the lens thickness and contributes to the weight of the lens), the aspherical designs available (which reduce distortion at the edges of the lens), antireflective and scratch-resistant coatings and resistance to breaking;
Check the warranty. Some sale items may have reduced warranty time or cannot be exchanged or returned. LYNETTE Combrinck loves making people look good, so becoming an optical dispenser was a nobrainer for her.
“I love being around people, so having the opportunity to not just help people choose fabulous eyewear but also become part of their journey to improved sight is a great feeling,’’ Ms Combrinck said.
An optical dispenser is trained to interpret optical prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists.
“We assist customers in choosing frames which complement them and ensure perfect fit. It is our responsibility to select the correct lenses, too,’’ Ms Combrinck said.
“As well as ordering your prescription lenses from the lab, a few optical dispensers have the facility to cut and fit prescription lenses to frame.”
Ms Combrinck, who works at Peter Hewett Optometrist in Mosman, said she loved dressing faces with beautiful eyewear and lenses.
A typical day could involve giving advice about lens types, frames and styling, taking measurements, doing adjustments and repairs, and arranging shop displays.
“The client is the most important aspect of my role. Everything from their concerns, preferences and needs have to be met,” Ms Combrinck said.