The first thing you notice when you walk into the store is how clean and well-lit it is. Then you hear an affable “Welcome” from owner Woody Armstrong, who greets you immediately even if he is helping another patron. This is usually followed by an alert wagging tail from Woody’s gray Weimaraner, Bella, who just loves the world. Such is the beginning of your eyecare experience at Darien Eyecare, 553 Post Road in Darien, diagonally across the street from Trader Joe’s as you head toward the center of town.
Next, you and Woody will have a discussion concerning what you need in eyewear. It could be something simple, like a pair of reading glasses or so you think. “I just need reading glasses,” you say. “Yes, my eyes do get quite fatigued sitting in front of my computer. Really? You can help with that, too?” So the discussion progresses and you realize that glasses are tools and that this optician really knows his stuff and having the right eyewear will make your life ever so much easier. You pick out your new frames from a marvelous selection of high-quality plastic and metal frames. “These are great,” you say to yourself as you realize this new look is almost like getting a makeover, just a lot less expensive!
As your discussion progresses, you learn about sunglasses and how important quality sunwear is to the health of your eyes. Or you might talk about sports or safety glasses, or glasses that might help your golf game. Frankly, you never realized how many options there were until now. Thankfully, as this data overload saturates your brain, you have Woody to help you evaluate what is right for you. This is old-fashioned customer service, isn’t it? Now you realize you have a glasses guy who will always point you in the right direction. Life just can’t get any sweeter!
So you order what you need and are pleasantly surprised at how fair the prices are. Then you are really surprised at how quickly you can get your new glasses! Darien Eyecare has an in-house lab that facilitates turnaround times and emphasizes quality control. Finally, Bella’s wagging tail gets the better of you and as you leave you give her some love with a pat on the head. You smile to yourself and think, “This was really a pleasant experience all around! After all these years I finally found an eye guy who thinks of me and my needs!”
That’s Darien Eyecare for you. Stop in with your new prescription or if you need an optometrist, they can help you with that as well. Call 203-309-5155 to make an appointment today. Darien Eyecare participates in most eyewear insurance plans.
Darien Eyecare owner Elwood “Woody” Armstrong has been a Connecticut-licensed optician for more than 25 years. Many may remember him from his time managing Glance Optical in the High Ridge Shopping Center in Stamford.
Darien Eyecare is open Monday through Saturday.