New Launch: Marks and Spencer Now Have an Opticians

Great news for all you glasses wearers – or even those who just want to ensure a good quality eye test. Marks & Spencer in Manchester have opened their doors to one of its first in-store opticians, making the store pretty much a one-stop destination for everything you need.

The Marks and Spencer opticians is situated on the first floor of the large Manchester store, located closed to Manchester Arndale, Selfridges and Deansgate.

It officially launched back at the end of August by The Lord Mayor, Councillor June Hitchen, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in store. The opening attracted locals to gather and watch the store celebrate, with lots of excitement including eyewear discount vouchers and free eye tests given out.

As a glasses wearer and avid contact lens wearer myself, I had no idea that M&S were now home to their own opticians until late on in September. So I decided to check out the new 700 sq ft practice, located next to the cafe in the beautiful store.

Manchester’s opening of the opticians made it amongst the first five new in-store opticians that are open.

I headed down and booked myself in for an eye test last month, which was definitely due seeing as it had been two years since my last one! The space is really premium looking – quite clinical, white and minimal, but with a warm and friendly feel.

They offer a range of optical and eye health services for private and NHS customers, including eye tests; contact lens advice and free trials; eyewear for men, women and children, and also offer leading designer brands and prescription sunglasses.

My eye test started off by a series of eye health tests, which checked the overall health of my eye, and examining the back of it too (something I never think about). After my eyes were scanned and checked, I went onto my full routine eye test, which was extremely thorough. The optician talked me through my previous prescription, and then made comparisons to what he was seeing this time around.

Luckily, my right eye had only changed a teeny tiny bit, so there was nothing to worry about. And my eyes were perfectly healthy – hooray!

The best bit then was choosing a pair of frames, in which one of the helpful assistants shown me around and gave his advice when needed. At first, I fell in love with a pair from the M&S own brand (as above) which were a brilliant price of £80.

I almost nearly went for these, until myself and the assistant clamped eyes on a sassy pair of Vera Wang dark frames, and the others were soon dropped (not literally – carefully place them back on the rack!).

So now I have a brand new stylish pair of Vera Wang glasses and a new prescription.

A huge thank you to the team for a great service. I was truly looked after from start to finish. You can find out more at the M&S Opticians website here.

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