Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Janita Singh De­tails at pe­ter­hewett op­tometrist.com.au

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.

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