This post was sponsored by LensCrafters. The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experience.
I consider eye care an important part of my over-all health, so this year I went to LensCrafters for my annual eye exam. Walking into LensCrafters at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi I could immediately tell I was in for a top notch experience; the new store design is beautiful! It is very eye-appealing, classy and has an inviting feel to it. Quickly I was greeted by a friendly eye care specialist and after filling out the usual paperwork taken back to the private exam room to begin my AccuExam.
LensCrafters has some amazing new technology. First, the Eye Profiler took a 45 second image of my eyes. This machine basically can show the doctor an image of the front surface of the eye and what it looks like during the day and night. After gathering customer feedback on what they dislike most about a typical eye exam, LensCrafters found that most patients dislike the guesswork and procedure of, "which frame can you see more clearly, 1 or 2, or 3 or 4 and so on". The Eye Profiler gets the patient to a clear end point sooner, and free's up the doctor to help the patient understand what is going on in the eye, thus becomes a more collaborative process between patient and doctor. This whole process was non-invasive and only took a few minutes.
Next was the Optomap machine which is better than and replaces eye dilation. This technology is like taking a finger print of the retina, the back wall of your eye. This is important because it can detect things like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Most of the things that go wrong with a retina are a-symptomatic, so you may not even know there is an issue going on, until you have this test done. It's obviously much less invasive than dilation and all you do is look into the lens where green light moves across to capture the image of your eye. It's very simple, no pain or side effects involved. The LensCrafters at Twelve Oaks, Novi is only 1 of 3 locations in the U.S. to feature Zeiss technology.
After these tests I went in with the doctor to discss the results, my eye health and some fine-tuning to get my eye prescription finalized. It was really fascinating to see my eyes on up on the computer screen! I have never seen anything like this before in my 25+ years of eye exams. I definitely learned more about my eyes and general eye health/wellness at this exam than anywhere else in the past. I felt like instead of being told my prescription and my eye health, it was being explained and discussed with me.
One important thing I learned in talking with the doctor is that kids need an annual eye exam- even if you don't see symptoms. American Optometry Association recommends ages 6 months, 3 years, 5 years and every year after for school aged kids. Many vision problems have no symptoms. One fourth of kids have an un-diagnosed eye problem. And if you can identify an issue early you can stop loss and visual pathways to the brain can develop properly. If not diagnosed, you can have permanent vision loss. With kids 80% of learning is visual so it is vital you get their eyes checked each year at an optometrist. The pediatrician exams are not adequate, they are a baseline, but not comprehensive. Things like squinting, blinking, not reading well or struggling in school can be symptoms glasses are needed, but these are not always present. Sometimes kids will avoid a task or have ADD symptoms, when there is an eye issue going on. After learning this, which was never explained to me at my pediatrician, it is a priority to book appointments for my kids in the new year!
Next though was the fun part, picking out my glasses. What I found very cool was once I got out of the exam, my eye care specialist helped me pick out some glasses that fit my needs and style choice. We also used the App "Find Your Look" on the in-store Ipad for customized glass style suggestions. Then we used "My Look" and took pictures to compare my top frames in a side by side view. This really helped cut down on the time it normally takes me to go through all of the displayed glasses and find what I am looking for! There is a large frames selection at LensCrafters, so this made it not so overwhelming.
After that we went to a smaller room to get my AccuFit. This technology was impressive, with the computer and a small contraption on my frames she measured where the center of my lens needs to be so my glasses are crafted accurately so I can see as well as possible. Something I never knew the importance of; if the center of the frames is off, vision won't be as accurate. It measures and takes into account pupilary distance, optical center, height of frame and how you wear your glasses. And in an hour I got a text when my glasses were ready to take home- convenient!
Another cool feature at this store is the Lens simulator which is a touch screen computer that helps you understand what you are getting at LensCrafters, and based on your needs and what is most important to you, not a sales associate's, you can look at what is offered. You can also learn about common eye conditions. Everything at LensCrafters is very customer focused and it really does show throughout the entire experience from start to finish.
Last but not least, I was really impressed to hear LensCrafters has proudly supported the non-profit OneSight for 25 years. OneSight promotes vision care in under-served communities worldwide. OneSight has helped more than 8.4 million people in 40 countries. Each year LensCrafters associates volunteer to hand deliver quality vision care and eye wear to OneSight clinics globally and in our local community. On December 10th there is a national OneSight event with LensCrafters locations nationwide participating; here in Novi there will be 25 Detroit kids from disadvantaged communities coming in for an eye exam and if needed, eye wear along with a prescription. Both domestically and locally OneSight and LensCrafters give back to those who are in need. Dr. Jacquot whom I met at Novi, has been on 4 over-seas missions including the Philippines and MexiCali. How great to support a business who gives back to our community and those in need all over the world!
Getting your eyes checked every year is important for your over-all eye health, many diseases and conditions in the eye can progress rapidly and unsuspectingly. I am a firm believer in the importance of catching things early so they can be addressed. After this great experience, I will be back to LensCrafters next year. Check out my new frames!