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Your optician shop will require a wide range of equipment. Finding the suppliers you need can be easier if you use our guide
As a dispensing optician, you will want to work with the latest, high-quality diagnostic equipment. You need it to deliver the very highest standards of care for your customers.
But even if you are confident that you can provide effective diagnosis and prescription with the apparatus you already have, there is another reason to look at the equipment in your consulting room. You work in a highly competitive profession - and if a franchised practice in your area is able to field the latest equipment, you may need to offer similar or better facilities to remain competitive.
But remember, your equipment needs are not confined to your consulting room. You must have an attractive shopfront to attract the attention of potential customers. You will also need effective merchandising systems for your sales area. Attractive frames will sell better with displays that complement them. And you will need effective lighting.
Plus you will need sales equipment such as smart mirrors and VR.
You will need an IT system to streamline the running of your business, and to ensure you can provide a professional approach to patient record keeping, appointments and billing.
Specialised equipment suppliers can answer all your needs - and knowing all the suppliers working in the sector can help you shop around and save.
The Rangewell Opticians Services Directory
At Rangewell we have assembled a directory of support services your optician business can rely on. So, if you need professional support, call us for details of the professionals who can help with expertise and services you need, which includes:
- Sales and acquisition agents
- Equipment suppliers
- Legal Services
- Media Services
The spectacle frame industry is international.
You need suppliers who can tap into that supply stream, giving you access to the widest range of styles. Being able to follow national and international trends in fashion shapes, colours and materials allows you to drive revenue tapping into the fashion market with a constant stream of highly distinctive, stylish, high-quality frames.
Frame suppliers on the Rangewell Optician Directory can help you meet the fast-changing needs of consumers in today’s modern market.
To ensure you can retailing the profitable designer frame collections your customers are calling for, contact us.
There are a number of professional lens manufacturing prescription houses listed in the Rangewell Optician Directory. Some can offer advanced technology materials and specifications - giving you an important competitive advantage.
Contact us to find the lens suppliers that match your price and performance targets.
Equipment in your consulting room
You want to offer your patients the best when it comes to eye care. There is a long list of equipment that you might be considering.
Visual acuity and refraction testing may be only the beginning. You will want the latest systems to reflect positively on your practice - and to provide the standards of care and accuracy you want in the shortest possible time.
Near vision testers
An ageing population may make near vision testing all the more important for your practice.
The latest slit lamps offer greater precision, with larger fields - while reducing discomfort for patients.
Specular microscopy uses computer-assisted morphometry, to analyse the size, shape and population of the endothelial cells. Modern specular microscopes provide your practice with a noninvasive photographic technique to visualize and analyze the corneal endothelium.
Automated vision screeners may be particularly effective if you are working with child patients.
Visual field equipment
Visual field testing is becoming mainstream - no longer the preservice on clinical consultants. The latest systems are compact and fully automated, providing an effective diagnosis of acuity and identifying degeneration.
3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) may be the next key technique to use in your practice. It is usually only seen in hospital eye departments. It uses coherent light to capture micrometer-resolution, two- and three-dimensional images based on low-coherence interferometry, using a completely safe laser light source.
Long wavelength light allows it to penetrate and to produce a structural scan that includes structures of the eye that would not be visible using traditional techniques.
The system creates a cross-sectional image of the retina. It can perform linear, area and volumetric measurements, display the results onto the monitor for immediate evaluation and store them for future reference.
This means that it can provide advance warning of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
This new 3D scanning technique allows you to provide a diagnostic power on a routine basis that would previously have needed a hospital visit. It could help you save patients’ sight - the sooner you can detect these conditions, the faster you can refer your patients for treatment.
The Rangewell Opticians Directory includes suppliers of all types of optical equipment - and lists suppliers of pre-owned equipment as well as those that provide the very latest technology.
An attractive, stylish shopfront can be a major expense for your practice - but it can be essential to bring in and retain customers.
You must stand out from the rest of the street, and that means you can’t afford to cut costs. You need to compete with the large franchises - and they are setting the bar very high. Our Optician Directory includes designers and specialists in shop frontage.
The mahogany frames racks that seemed essential 20 or more years ago may no longer have a place in the modern optician practice. Then, they might have suggested solidity and traditional - today's specs-wearer will be more interested in looking for a style that complements their own.
The latest display systems for the profession have been developed to maximise the appeal of the frames you carry. They can include lighting and security features as well as simply storing the frames.
Remember also that more and more customers have grown up with technology, and expect you to have devices such as smart mirrors and video. They want to look good in their glasses - they want you to make it easy for them to see for themselves.
Our Opticians Directory includes suppliers of display equipment.
Lighting is important in any retail environment - but particularly for the optician, who needs to provide bright, clear and optically optimised lighting for customers who need it to make decisions about their frames in comfort and with confidence.
Good lighting can make a big difference to the quantity and value of the sales you make.
Fortunately, the latest LED systems can provide lighting which echoes the natural spectrum, and can be ‘fine-tuned’ to subtly enhance warm tones, flattering faces and helping your customers see how good you can make them look.
Our Opticians Directory includes lighting experts who can design the lighting system that you need.
As an optician, you work in a business where style is important. A shop with a fashionable, stylish exterior can attract style conscious customers. An old fashioned appearance might suggest that your frame selection is similarly dated.
Updating your shop to modern standards might involve more than simply re-decoration. New flooring, ceilings, lighting, electrics, signage and graphics may all be required. Your interior may require specialist planning to maximise the effectiveness of your available space. Features such as children’s area and a pre-screen room may be useful additions to the ‘conventional’ optician interior.
Fortunately, specialist shopfitting providers exist, with the skills and understanding required by the optician profession.
Many can offer a full design and shopfitting service. This can include initial proposals, backed by 3D design and visualisation, and lead to the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture. Many will have expert fitting and installation teams who can minimise disruption to your business by completing the work in the minimum time.
Some will be able to work with architects, interior designers and main contractors to provide a complete service for new build work.
Our Opticians Directory includes designers and specialists in all areas of opticians shop design.
Finding the specialist equipment for your optician practice
At Rangewell, we work with optician practices across the UK. We help them secure the finance they need at every stage, supporting property acquisition and business launch, everyday operations and growth.
We work closely with many professional businesses providing the supplies, equipment and services it needs.
We are always happy to share our network of contacts. Please call us on 020 3936 0069 we will be happy to introduce you to care home equipment specialists in your region.
Joining the Rangewell Opticians Support Directory
Are you an equipment supplier working in the optician sector? Please contact us to discuss being included in our Opticians Database. Listing is free.
Call us now on our Opticians' Support Line on 020 3936 0069.
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