Decided to take a quick break from the dining, especially with this hot weather, and focus on something a little different this week: my health!
I have a confession to make. I can’t recall the last time I’ve been to an optometrist to get my eyes checked. Furthermore, I come from a family where all my siblings, parents, cousins where glasses or contacts. It’s so bad; I even have a niece who is adopted who wears glasses. I have relatives by marriage that even wears glasses. Yes, I’m a genetic anomaly.
I don’t recall ever having any real issues with my vision, so I’ve just never went. But with old age creeping up on my year by year, I decided to finally give in. I’ve been looking around for a new (or should I say my first) optometrist. I wanted somebody who wouldn’t just consider me a customer. I didn’t want to go to a place like Target or Sears where I’m just another patient and they don’t know me by name. In any form of service provider/customer interaction, people want that personal interaction. To quote Cheers, “Where everybody knows your name.”
After some research and discussion with friends, I ended up with Opticology Eyecare. They are located near 37th and Rock in the Siena Plaza that houses Pacific Coast Pizza, Fizz Bottles and Burgers and Orange Leaf.
7724 East 37th Street North
Wichita, Kansas 67226
Opticology Eyecare is run by Dr. Greyson Barger. After speaking with him, he mentioned regardless of how you well you “think” you see it’s good to get your eyes checked regularly for preventative maintenance. “It’s better to spot something early and fix it than to catch it when it’s too late.” He has a lot of different tools and tests.
On top of the regular looking and reading of letters on an eye chart, he had this machine that takes a picture of your eye. In essence, it’s an x-ray of your eye. With the x-ray, he can then spot glaucoma, MS, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It was pretty cool looking at the picture of the inside of my eye and learning about it. There’s also a dilated pupil examination that comes with the exam, I was unable to complete it since I had to be back at work but intend to go back soon.
Dr. Barger was extremely friendly, personable and helpful. One of my friends recently switched over to Opticology Eyecare and liked it so much, his entire family switched over as well. Any doctor you choose, whether it is an audiologist, optometrist, pediatrician, you should get along well with and feel comfortable around. Well, outside your dentist, because they are all evil!!!!
I was able to walk away with my vision intact and no need for glasses or contacts. Knock on wood. But if you do need glasses, there’s a wide selection of frames you can select from. I’ve never had the need for glasses or contacts, so I don’t envy anybody who doesn’t (knock on wood………….)
They also have a Facebook page where he’ll answer your questions for you: www.facebook.com/opticologywichita?v=info
I know if you check out their Facebook page, they are giving away a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses too.
If you’re looking to switch optometrist or haven’t even been in ages, like myself, I’d highly recommend Dr. Barger and Opticology Eyecare. Their phone number and website has been posted above. Walk-in appointments are allowed if you’re looking for something to do while you wait for a pizza at Pacific Coast Pizza right next door. For the record, I don’t work for them nor do I own stock or a paid sponsor of them! Just always ready to pass along something in Wichita I enjoy like say, Il Ponte Cafe (which I’ve received many great responses from) and Newport Grille. The only difference is Dr. Barger doesn’t have any banana nut bread pudding to offer after the examination.
Happy Dining…..and eye examining.
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