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What's different about Hampstead Opticians?
We're a locally-owned business - not a chain with revolving opticians. We provide relaxed, personalized attention, and prompt, friendly service. At Hampstead Opticians, you'll be treated as someone special. We'll take the time to answer any questions you might have. We'll help you pick the most attractive, comfortable glasses within your budget, and make sure they fit and feel just right.
Where are you located and what are your hours?
Our location and hours are on the left hand side of this screen.
When can I get my new glasses?
Because we have many lenses in stock, and have a state-of-the-art, computerizing grinding machine onsite, we can provide same day turnaround for single vision lenses. Other orders will generally be ready the next day.
Do I need an eye exam before getting eyeglasses or contacts?
An independent optometrist with an office on our premises can test your eyes. A doctor's prescription is not required for reading glasses, but stock lenses (like the kind you can get in the drug store) rarely provide perfect vision correction. For the best results, you should get reading lenses with magnification customized to your needs.
How often should I have my eyes examined?
You should have an eye exam once year after age 40, and every two years before then.
Do you take insurance?
We accept Medicare and Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and United Health. A few insurance companies cover eyeglasses. Eye exams are done by an independent doctor of optometry on the premises. You can contact your insurance company to see if your insurance covers eye examinations and/or glasses or contacts.
I sat on my glasses. Can you fix them?
We can adjust frames and do minor repairs at our Hampstead office.
Should I get bifocals or progressive lenses?
Bifocals and trifocals have visible lines that separate the different areas of the lens - e.g., for reading and distance vision. Progressive lenses like Varilux don't have lines, and provide vision correction for reading, arms length (for computers) and distance. The right choice for you depends on your lifestyle, how you wear your glasses, and the frame shape you select. Some people don't like to see the line in bifocals. Progressive lenses do have a restricted viewing area. It takes a while to get used to multifocal lenses. For example, the best way to use them is to look down with your eyes, not your head.
Can I reuse my lenses in another frame?
Sometimes lenses can be re-cut to fit new frames if they are the exact same frame model and size as the old/broken frame, or smaller. There is a fee for rolling and polishing edges. We can also dye your old lenses onsite to convert them into sunglasses.
How much will new eyeglasses cost?
Prices at Hampstead Opticians start at $98.00 for frame and single vision lens complete. We can usually match the prices of chain stores. Your final cost will depend on a number of factors, such as:
- Type of lens: single vision, bifocal, progressive, etc.
- Material: plastic, polycarbonate, etc.
- Options: scratch coating, tinting, etc.
- Frame manufacturer
- Lens manufacturer
- Additional fees for rimless mounting, rolling and polishes edges, and mounting and drilling
What's the best way to clean my eyeglass lenses?
First moisten the lens under lukewarm running water. Then gently rub the lens with soapy finger tips. Rinse the soap off of the glasses, and pat it dry with a special microfiber lens cleaning cloth. Most lenses today come with a scratch coating that protects them. Don't clean dry lenses with grit/dirt on them with piece of clothing, coarse paper towel, toilet paper or Kleenex containing moisturizer. Don't use Windex on anti-reflection coating. Follow directions above, or use a special anti-reflection cleaning solution that we carry. AR glasses we sell come with special cleaning solution and clothes. Keep them away away from hairspray and bleach as it could ruin the finish.
What do I do with my old eyeglasses?
You can keep them as a spare pair, we can dye them to convert them into sunglasses, or you can donate them to the needy. We are a Lions Club collection center.
What kind of sunglasses should I get?
Sunglasses should provide 100% ultraviolet (UV) protection, since UV exposure can contribute to Age-related Macular Degeneration, cataracts and other disorders. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside during the day.
Should I get anti-glare coating on my glasses?
The new Crazal Avancé coating is lint-free (doesn't get dirty) and oil and water repellant. The older anti-glare coatings scratched, smudged and got dirty and were hard to clean - this new product available at Hampstead Opticians is top of the line.
What's the difference between on optician, an optometrist, and an ophthalmologist? I can never keep it straight!
- An optician licensed in North Carolina can fill a doctor's prescription, expertly fit eyewear, and fit and fill a prescription for contact lenses. North Carolina licensed opticians are required to take continuing education, so they stay up to date.
- An optometrist is a licensed Doctor of Optometry specializing in vision care.
In North Carolina, they can perform vision examinations and recommend lens options, fit contact lenses, prescribe medications, test for and treat eye diseases, treat eye injuries, and perform minor eye surgery. They often provide preoperative and postoperative care to cataract patients, as well as patients who have had laser vision correction or other eye surgery. They also diagnose conditions due to systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, referring patients to other health practitioners as needed.
- An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats eye diseases and injuries, and performs eye surgery. Like optometrists, they also examine eyes and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses.
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Mail: Hampstead Opticians, 11 Hampstead Station, Hampstead, NC 28443-2149
Phone: (910) 270-3249
Fax: (910) 270-3249