I Can See Clearly Now

by Sandra Foyt on June 18, 2010

in Uncategorized

glass_mosaic One of our less delightful summer chores is getting through all the medical visits that are postponed during the school year. In one week, my daughter is being poked and prodded by a dentist, a pediatrician, an optometrist, and an orthodontist.

At the pediatrician visit, we discovered that both my kids would need to get an eye exam to determine if they need glasses.  My son was devastated at the mere idea of needing glasses FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.  Teen daughter less dramatic, but she was not looking forward to starting high school with a metal mouth AND glasses.

We went straight from the pediatrician’s office to Empire Vision, where despite the busy afternoon schedule, they squeezed us in as walk ins.  I’ve never bought glasses before, so I have no point of reference, but I have to say this was a very pleasant experience. I thought the staff was very friendly and helpful, and I clearly wasn’t the only one.  While we were waiting, one of the previous customers, a young girl, returned with a bouquet of flowers to thank the woman who had helped her.

I was also impressed by the fact that they weren’t pushing unnecessary prescriptive measures.  Although Teen Daughter did in fact require reading glasses, the optometrist was able to allay my son’s fears since his slight vision issues did not warrant new glasses.

Even my daughter was happy with her eyeglass choice.  We had elected to go to Empire Vision because the pediatrician recommended them saying they had the best selection of cute glasses. Yes, folks, these things matter to a teen. While there, through the miracle of iPhones and Facebook, she was able to check in with her posse to ensure that her choice had their seal of approval.  And I was glad as this minimized the chances that those glasses would end up forlorn and forgotten.

As I said before, this was a relatively pleasant shopping experience. Even during their evening rush hour, the entire visit took less than two hours.  Both kids were given a computerized exam, followed by an optometrist exam.  Afterwards, Teen Daughter was outfitted with a pair of glasses that we’ll pick up tomorrow afternoon.  It was easy.

Where To Go:

Empire Vision Center Inc
1009 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205-3560
(518) 489-8575

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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