“Despite doing close computer work for over 30 years I have been very fortunate to have passed the age of 50 without needing to wear glasses. But time and tide wait for no man and it became apparent to me within the last six months that I was struggling to read text on the television when relaxing after work in the evening.
Consequently, following recommendations from his fellow BNI chapter members, I contacted James Houlihan of Valli Opticians in Birchwood to arrange an appointment for an eye test. To James’ astonishment I owned up to never having had an eye test in my life before, so I didn’t really know what to expect.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic the experience was undoubtedly different to what might be expected in normal times, but nonetheless I found the process to be extremely efficient, professional and reassuring. James’ colleague gave my eyes a thorough health check and tested my sight for deficiencies. It was confirmed that I was in need of glasses, primarily for distance viewing, but that I would also benefit from a pair for close-up tasks such as reading.
I was given a wide choice of frames and options for the lenses, including an anti-glare coating, and was delighted when they arrived within two weeks, just in time for Christmas.
As this was my one and only experience of visiting an optician, I don’t have anything to directly compare it to. However, for a first experience, I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of James and his colleagues, and I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Valli Opticians to friends, family and work colleagues.
Thank you James, I can now enjoy HD TV for what it is!”
Ian Griffiths – Alvis Printing Services (March 2021)