I’m 36 this year, and have been wearing glasses for driving and watching TV for 5 years. When I was asked to review the M&S Opticians in Manchester, I was curious as to how different to my regular opticians it would be. Today I’ll be sharing my experience of visiting the M&S Opticians in the Manchester, Market Street store.

M&S Opticians in Manchester

M&S Opticians signI was provided with a free eye test and a pair of glasses for the purpose of this review. 

Last week, I used the Marks and Spencer Opticians website to book my appointment. It was quick and easy to do, and I received a text and email conformation.

On Tuesday, I headed down to the Market Street M&S store, and was greeted by the lovely Harry. He was my pre screen optical assistant, and did all of my pre – tests.

Once he’d completed the tests on 5 different machines, I was seen by Michelle, my optician next. She completed the most thorough eye test I have ever had, and answered every one of my questions. (My husband has just been diagnosed with Maculopathy, so I had loads)!

I felt completely at ease in both Michelle and Harry’s company, and I was informed at every stage what each test they did was for.

I was pleased to see that NHS Prescriptions were accepted by M&S Opticians. This means kids, and people in receipt of certain benefits can get a free eye test and a discount on their frames too.

Frame Choices

There was a large range of frames to choose from. As well as plenty of Marks & Spencer own brand ones, there was a large designer collection. I was particularly pleased to note that a lot of the men’s frames were unisex too. Perfect if your head is on the larger side – like mine!

The children’s range wasn’t as large as in other places, but there was a good choice for fans of Super Heroes, Hello Kitty and Peter Rabbit!

Choosing My Frames

Once I had my prescription, Harry set about helping me choose frames which suit my face shape. I am useless when it comes to this, so I let him take the lead and narrow it down for me!

Harry was absolutely brilliant – I tried on frames I would never have chosen myself. So I was amazed when they suited my very round face. In the end, we opted for some Michael Kors frames, which cost £160.

Once we’d chosen my frames, Harry measured my pupil to pupil distance to ensure a great fit. He then informed me my glasses should be ready for collection by Friday.

Collecting My New Glasses

On Thursday afternoon, I received a text message to tell me my glasses were ready for collection. I headed into Manchester on Friday morning and was greeted by Samantha at the M&S Opticians. She took my details and then went to find my glasses. Once she’d retrieved them, I tried them on…

I am really happy with my new glasses, and the service I received in the Market Street, Manchester Marks and Spencer Opticians. If you live or work in the City Centre, I’d definitely suggest visiting! Pop into the store and pick up one of their promotional leaflets to get a free eye test. You’ll also be able to get a fantastic deal on your new glasses… Buy one pair, get one pair half price!

The imagery taken of my eye will be kept on file by the M&S Opticians. So they will be able to compare my next eye test with these, to check for any changes. This is a brilliant service, and definitely adds peace of mind to the entire experience. At the time of writing, there are opticians in the following Marks and Spencer stores… Westfield White City, Manchester, Derby, York, London Colney and Bolton.

M&S Opticians

Finally, if you found this post useful, check out more of my reviews!

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