Review: Eye Check and Bespoke Frame Styling by M.A Fox Opticians *

I was recently contacted to visit a third generation eye care specialist, M.A Fox Optometrists, in Poynton, Cheshire to meet up with brothers Jonathan and Nicholas to find out more about what they do and to review their bespoke frame styling and consultation services.  Located in the quaint and friendly town, the shop can be easily spotted on the high street with ample of parking close by. The towns people were warm and cars immediately stopped to let me cross the busy street. I headed to their family run practise and was greated at the Reception and offered a cup of water or hot drink. I next, filled in my details and met up with the brothers.  Nicholas guided me to the room to get my eye tested. He explained that as a norm, adults should get their eyes tested every once in two years while children from the ages of 4 to 18 and the elderly should get their eyes tested once a year.  He also added that if a child has any sort of eye issues such as squints and lazy eyes, this needs to be picked up before the child is 6-years-old.

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He started the session by asking some health related questions about me and then went on to check my vision which is part of the standard private sight examination.   Next, he took a retinal photo of my eye to check for eye disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular disease, retinal disease, ocular tumours and other vascular diseases. Which I thought was really good as those with diabetes or other illness can benefit from this check. He also added that M.A Fox was specialised in diabetes screening and were part of the NHS Eyecare Services.  Here’s my retinal photo, this was almost instant and I did not wait long for it.

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The shop which has been in Poynton for the last 35 years has recently had some renovation work done to it. It is spacious and has an inviting and warm feel to it (have a look at the video below to see more visuals of the inside of the shop).  I love supporting family run independent shops and this practise is no exception.  The staff at the shop were very friendly and greated customers by their first names. Many of their customers who are local to Ponyton, have been coming to the shop for nearly 35 years.  What’s different about them is that they offer bespoke eye glasses with recommendation on styling. They understand that modern and trendy customers use their eyewear as a form of making a statement or changing their look.  Its more common now for a lot of people to own more than 1 pair or glasses with different frame colour / style to flatter their day and night or formal and informal look.  The staff at M. A Fox have understood this and aim to help you achieve the look you are looking for.

Here’s Nicholas showing my eye test results to Dan who next help me select the perfect frame to suit my lifestyle and face.

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I was surprised that Dan started the conversation by asking about my personal preference, likes, favourite colour clothes, favourite pastimes and even noticed the colour of my lipstick which I was wearing etc before he went off to pick a selection of glasses for me to choose from.  I told him that I’d like a frame that is understated and for everyday wear.  He immediately came back with four pair of glasses to suit my face shape which I tried out.   This was great as there were hundreds of glasses and I would have been lost if I had to pick one for myself.

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Here are some tips from Dan to help you choose your glasses:

  1. Glass shape needs to be opposite to the face shape ie, if you have an oval face, its not recommended using an oval shaped glass
  2. Areas above and below glasses are fairly even
  3. Eyes central horizontally, 2/3 vertically
  4. Lower rim should be opposite to jawline
  5. Bolder = Thicker, stronger contrast to skin tone
  6. Understated = Thinner Rims, neutral / transclucent colours
  7. Dressy = As bling as you possibly can get away with

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I was told that the glasses would be ready within a week (but was called to come in to pick the glasses up after a day).  I also did not realised it, but there is so much more that needs to be checked during the fitting, some of these includes:

Fitting

  • Making sure that the lens power is  accurate, hence I had to do some reading tests with my glasses on
  • I had to wear my glasses and move my head around, to ensure that my glasses fitted me well especially behind my ears and on the bridge of my nose. It had to be perfect….not loose or too tight …it had to be just snug.
  • I was given tips on how to can care for my glasses and how to use glasses in the correct manner.
  • I was given a bottle of cleaning spray to help clean off the fingerprint marks etc. This was free, but I was told I can return to the shop at anytime to get a refill (and this will only cost me £1). I was also told that if my glasses ever got loose, just to pop into the shop to get it adjusted for free.

Here’s a short video of my review of M. A. Fox Optometrists :

My glasses looked amazing and I totally love the look and feel of the frame. It felt light and the clarity of the glass is much better than my existing pair (these are reading glasses by the way).  I was given a lovely custom bag with my glasses in a custom made casing and lens cleaning cloth and some magic cleaning liquid (I say magic as they clean the lens amazingly well and remove dirt and oil residue easily!) as well as a referral card for me to pass on to family and friends. I was told that if the person I referred to visited them, my friend would receive a 20% discount and I would receive a special gift as well.

How much does it cost and what services do they offer?

M.A Fox offers Eye Examinations, Contact Lenses, Spectacles, polarised and prescription sunglasses as well as eye health checks and here are their estimate charges:

  • The standard private eye examination cost £30 while the Eye Test which includes the retinal photography costs £45.  If you would like to go futher, you could also get yourself an eye test which costs £60 and this includes retinal photography and visual field investigation.
  • As for the cost of glasses – A prescription glasses can cost anywhere from £89 to £399 while the cost of the lens can start from £79.  Prices for sunglasses start from £139 (this does not include prescription costs).
  • Do note that M.A. Fox Optometrists do offer free eye test for those under 16 years of age and those older than 60, they are also part of the NHS Eyecare Services.
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Tips from Dan on how to care for your eyes:

  • Use good quality polarised sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV Rays
  • Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and fruits
  • Exercise and live a healthy lifestyle
  • Avoid smoking and avoid drinking too much alcohol, eating too much meat or food that contains fat
  • If you work with computers, ensure regular breaks
  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated
  • Ensure that you do an eye test every once in two years (If you have a family history of glaucoma or diabetes, get your check done once every year especially if you are over 40)

Verdict

  • Totally loved that it was a local family run business offering bespoke service which is so rare nowadays. I felt important and was not just an ordinary customer.
  • Their care to detail was great, noticed staff addressing customers by first name basis and having small chats with them.  Althought they were a business and everything ran accordingly to schedule, I did not feel rushed at all. There was plenty of time from checks to consultation.  It was basically a one-to-one service at my pace.
  • I had a chance to chat with Jonathan, Nicholas and Dan and felt confident with their suggestions and knowledge on the product. Their experience shone through.
  • They just did not hand over the glasses to me, but talked me throught the whole process. The eye checks and my fitting easily took about an hour in total with lots of questions and conversations. I did not feel rushed at any point. When I picked up my glasses that took another half an hour as well. It was not just pick up the glasses and leave, but ‘sit down, have a drink and have a conversation with us while we check your fitting’
  • From my visit I can clearly see that the brothers and each of the staff are really passionate about eyecare and giving personalised service which you would not get in other franchise stores.
  • They provide niche eye wear and support only esteemed eyewear designers so that their customers have only the best quality for their budget.
  • If I had to give a negative point it would only be the price factor. Yes bespoke service does cost much more than your standard online store, but I feel that I’d rather pay for a complimentary piece of eyecare which makes a strong fashion statement than wearing a pair of glasses that don’t fit well or suit my personality.
  • That being said, I am planning to head there again to get my next pair of shades as well as get both my children’s eyes tested

 

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What Are their Opening Hours?

I would totally recommend you making an appointment first before heading to the shop as they are busy. Their opening hours are:

Monday & Tuesday : 9.15 to 13.00, 14.00 to 17.30
Wednesday: 9.15 to 13.00
Thursday & Friday : 9.15 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.30
Saturday: 9.15 to 12.15
Sunday: Closed

Where is Fox Opticians?

Fabulously located in the charming little town of Poynton in Stockport, Cheshire. Just key in the postcode on google maps for easy direction. Fox Optician is located on the high street and you can easily park up at Waitrose which is just a 5 minute walk away from the shop.

56 Park Lane
Poynton
SK12 1RE
01625 877505
fox@mfoxopticians.com

 

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About Fox-Stevens Optometrists 

In 1965 Mr Gregory Henry Fox opened up in Handforth and today his grandsons own & run Fox-Stevens Optometrists. Nicholas & Jonathan Fox took over the business in December 2010 from their Father Michael Fox & Linda Stonefield. They still believe in their grandfathers views to provide the best possible eye care service for all of their clients whether it be Health awareness, treatment or choosing the best possible eye correction.

About Nicholas L Fox
(BSc Optometrist)

Nicholas Fox qualified in August 2006 as a member of the General Optical Council  and the Association Of Optometrists. He has a vast amount of experience from his training at the Hospital Eye Service as well as multiple & private Independent Practice. He is a Diabetic grader for the East Cheshire NHS and has an interest in Glaucoma & Macula degeneration screening. He regularly attends workshops and conferences around the Country to keep up-to-date with the latest advances of Optometry and patient care.

About Jonathan D Fox
(FBDO CL Dispensing Contact Lens Optometrist)

Has been in optics for over 15 years. When he was younger he used to follow his dad around the practice and always found the profession fascinating. He studied in London to become a Dispensing Optometrist and after qualifying took additional training to become a contact lens specialist. Moving back to Manchester in 2006 he kept up to date with training and attends seminars all over the North West.

 

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* We were gifted the pair of glasses in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

55 Comments

  1. July 28, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    That looks like a quaint optician store. With plenty of wonderful choices to pick when it comes to frame choices!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Yes definitely Sabrina, that’s why I was glad that they selected a few glasses for me to pick from

  2. July 29, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I just love the Pinky -Pink spectacle case here and to pay attention to the client’s personal preference, likes, favourite colour clothes, favourite pastimes and even the colour of her lipstick says volumes about professionalism .

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Yes that’s what we thought Preeti, most opticians would not take that much trouble finding out about the preference in such detail. True professionals.

  3. July 29, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Thanks for including the tips in this post 🙂 I always struggle with buying new glasses and the opticians where I go aren’t very helpful.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 7:43 am

      No, it all depends on the shop Rachel, that’s why we think it is so important to find an optician who are specialist and have all the equipment at their shop.

  4. July 29, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I love the idea of a bespoke frame styling service! I am so terrible at picking out new glasses that suit me!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 7:42 am

      We are just the same Elizabeth, its fab when you have someone who knows what they are doing to offer guidance.

  5. July 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Great tips! As I wear both glasses and contact lenses it’s important to know what to focus on when booking an eye test and getting new frames.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Your welcome Eva, glad you enjoyed the post

  6. July 29, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I just had my eyes examined and i did the imaging scan it was very cool. i cannot believe all of the info they can obtain about your health from those images. I love the lens you chose.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 7:41 am

      You are right Andrea. Its great to be able to know immediately if you are suffering from the mentioned illness just from a scan which takes minutes. Thank you, it was great to get good suggestion and recommendation from the staff which made my choice a lot easier.

  7. July 30, 2018 / 2:02 am

    I’ve never heard of this outfit but they sound great. I’ve used mine for years and love their prices.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Always good to know of new places Tina and what they can offer you

  8. July 30, 2018 / 7:37 am

    The glasses you picked are so nice and it’s so important to remember to get your eyes checked regularly x

  9. July 30, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    What a nice experience at the eye doctors. I found a great optician at our local mall here. He is great with our whole family. I do find that glasses are usually more expensive directly from the opticians, so I usually go through an eye glasses store or clearly contacts online.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      The prices at MA Fox are more reasonable Tara if you compare it with the quality that you are getting. Also the service and recommendation on styling is something so unique and special to them, you can’t get that in any ordinary eye clinic shop.

  10. Gladys Parker
    July 30, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    The front of their office building is so cute! I’d go just for the friendly caring service, of course the expertise definitely helps. Their prices are very reasonable also. Usually I find one or the other.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed our review Gladys, hope you are able to give MA Fox a visit sometime soon to check them out

  11. Agnes Dela Cruz
    July 30, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I started wearing prescription eyeglasses a year ago and I am thinking of consulting in another eye specialist for my eye check-up before the year ends. I love the frames you showed here.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:15 am

      You can head to MA Fox for a second opinion then Agnes, always good to have one

  12. July 30, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Those are cute frames. I had lasik done 2 years ago so I am done dealing with contacts and glasses

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Good on you Erin, for some who can’t do lasik or don’t want to di it, glasses / contact lenses are their only option

  13. July 31, 2018 / 12:02 am

    I don’t have many places to choose from when it comes to eye doctors. Myself and two daughters wear glasses, so I know the importance of finding a place that has plenty of styles to choose from. My daughter who is 12 years old is picky on what glasses frames she will wear. I can tell this place has plenty of styles..and cute styles!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Thanks for your comment Jennifer, its lovely to read feedback from our readers about our post …so totally appreciate it

  14. July 31, 2018 / 12:49 am

    I am in need of new frames and have toyed with the idea of getting a pair like this. I will definitely look for a pair like these next time I am in.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 6:55 am

      Glad to hear that

  15. July 31, 2018 / 4:24 am

    These glasses look so amazing! I’ll definitely check out this brand!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 6:55 am

      Thanks Danielle, the shape of the glasses fits my face perfectly

  16. Melodi Steinberg
    July 31, 2018 / 4:48 am

    It’s so important to get your eyes checked! My prescription changes every year.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 6:54 am

      That is so true Melodi, we can’t emphasize that enough

  17. Ada
    July 31, 2018 / 9:00 am

    These are some cute frames! I’ve been looking for some new ones and I love the color of the ones you chose!

  18. Marcie
    July 31, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Oh I love the glasses you picked out! My 4yo has had his eyes checked twice so far. It’s so important to make sure your kids can see!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Yes absolutely, we need to get our kids eyes checked next.

  19. Gemille Sleweon
    July 31, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Although i don’t wear glasses, both my parents do and ive been looking to gift them some new frames. Thanks for sharing this!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Your welcome Gemille, MA Fox does a great job checking older people’s eye sight as well

  20. July 31, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Excellent glasses! Looks like they were super professional and thorough which is always a plus, as it stinks when you feel rushed. They seem to be very modern but also accommodating to the classics as well, and again, I love those glasses you picked!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Tiffany, so glad you feel that way. I was extremely happy with their service too.

  21. July 31, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I need to get my eyes checked again. It has been a few years, but they feel great!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Its best to still check it Vanessa so that you are sure your eyes are in mint condition

  22. August 1, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Every time I go to my eye check up it made me feel sick don’t know why . I have to go annually to renew my contacts. I like how they make their clients at ease during their appointment, It seems like they care about their customer.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Yes they certainly do, and its nice to find places like this which cares

  23. August 1, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    It has been a while since the last time I have my eyes checked. That is a cute eyeglasses frame.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      Hope you get them checked soon Garf and thank you

  24. August 1, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I love the style of frames that you’ve chosen – they’re really modern and stylish. I recently had an eye test myself, and I actually need to invest in some glasses for the first time in 31 years! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you Becca, yes it looks great and really modern as well. 31 years is a long time. Hope you are able to get yourself some new pair of glasses

  25. August 2, 2018 / 4:04 am

    Eeek! This reminds me I need to set my kids up for their yearly appointments. I think they are past due now.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Yes please do Aduke, its so important

  26. Becca Wilson
    August 2, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    This looks like it would be a fabulous place for getting an eye exam. I really need to be seen again soon!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Hope you get your eyes checked soon Becca x

  27. August 5, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    What a wonderful idea to have a bespoke frame styling service! I also love that it is a family business. Great review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you Vanessa, appreciate your comments

  28. Blair villanueva
    August 6, 2018 / 12:34 am

    Glad you found an optical shop for your eyewear needs. I have my only clinic ive been visited since my first eyeglasses and never change.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      That’s great to hear Blair, we love M.A Fox and will stick to their services as well as we find them great

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