THE DIRECTORY OF OPTOMETRISTS & OPHTHALMOLOGISTS IN WASHINGTON DC
Optometrists, Eyewear & Opticians
7700 Little River Tpke Annandale, VA
This place is amazing! I'm the type of person who gets an eye exam and then 1) wear my glasses until they break and 2) hoard on contacts so I won't have to get an eye exam for a few more years. Why? I've always had a bad experience with eye doctors (namely those chain places) and I don't have vision insurance. I also go back to Vietnam a lot and just have new glasses made there based on my current prescription.
Unfortunately for me, my glasses of three years (and prescription of four) broke, so I decided that it was time to get a proper eye exam. After all, I'm not getting any younger and I've had a history of getting a lot of styes.
After a quick Yelp search and price comparison, I decided to go to Galleria Optical. An eye exam + contact exam (not the one for astigmatism) was $120 when I went, which I thought was really fair. The office is really close to my house and the exam was really thorough. I've never had such a good experience before and I didn't feel rushed at all. Dr. Chon is awesome and super friendly! She did mention that she reads Yelp reviews, so hello Dr. Chon if you're reading this!
I had my glasses made here and it took a few business days for them to get the anti-scratch lenses that I wanted. I also ordered contacts and it took about one business day for them to get in.
I definitely plan to come back on a yearly basis to get my eyes checked now that I have such a wonderful, caring, and trustworthy optometrist :)
It's been a hot minute since I got new glasses or had an eye exam and I was in desperate need! Now I wasn't driving into people and wondering how I got there type blind... but I still needed an update.
So... I started looking who was close and who took my insurance (normal qualifiers) and so I called Galleria and set up and appointment and never looked back!
Now I have seen the light and never will think twice about going somewhere else. The staff is super friendly, they are always patient and listen to your wants and needs not just trying to peddle something on you. Plus the selection of eye wear is vast and one of the best in the area.
If you need to get some new specs.... this is the place to make it happen!
Dr. Chon, the optometrist I saw here, is very sharp. She is young, and seems to be well-versed in more modern patient evaluation techniques. I'm not an expert, but I noticed during my exam, she did several additional checks that I have not seen other optometrists do. I also found her to be accessible and easy to relate to. Very positive interactions with her and the entire staff.
I have somewhat severe nearsightedness (contact lens diopters -10 each), so I can be difficult to fit. But Dr. Chon was very patient, and gave me a great fit for new glasses.
The only downside is that they dropped my vision insurance (UnitedHealth Vision) the month after my visit, so I will need to switch to keep going here. Based on my research, none of the best optometrist (as rated on Yelp) take United Vision now, which tells me that insurance is terrible...time to switch.
I saw Dr Chon for my annual eye exam + contact lens fitting. I made the appointment based on all the positive reviews and I was not disappointed. She is very friendly, knowledgeable and will take the time to answer any questions you may have. She is thorough with the exam and will explain every step of the way if your interested. The staff was also very helpful and pleasant to deal with from the initial phone call through the end of the office visit. I didn't need eye glasses but the pricing on the exam and contact lenses was competitive with other offices in the area. I would definitely recommend Dr. Chon to anyone looking for a good Optometrist.
I have been to a variety of optometrists in my lifetime, most of them being awkward and "all-business." This lack of customer service led me to become somewhat of a cynical eye-patient. My mentality was find a deal/cheap price for the exam and order contacts online. Oddly enough, I opened up a ValPack (coupons sent to surrounding houses in the neighborhood), and found Galleria Optical's coupon. I decided to try the establishment out because the eye-exam was only $59.
When I walked into the shop, I was amazed. There are glass cases everywhere, showcasing the latest designer glasses. All the glass cases are clean and lit up. There is a couple chairs for seating with magazines to read while you wait. However, I have had to wait once for 10 minutes out of the multiple times that I have visited.
I ended up seeing Dr. Chon who is the nicest optometrist I have encountered. She is down to earth and intelligent. She explains the structural aspects of the eye and subsequent tests in lay-woman terms. I decided to get LASIK and she referred me to a reputable establishment. She conducted all my follow-up care, and made absolutely sure that all precautions were made.
In sum, I walked in here thinking I would come for a one-time eye visit, and move onto the next optometrist "deal," but ended up becoming a regular visitor (by choice)!
An additional note: if you speak Korean, the staff is fluent in English and Korean, making the business accessible to the surrounding community.
Gene Sweetnam, OD PC
8951 Ox Rd Lorton, VA
My previous review was from a parent's standpoint/viewpoint. This review is from my own experience with Dr. Chang. My daughter had Dr. Sweetnam. Again, the staff were so friendly. They knew me by name when I walked through the door, and I was taken back to start the example promptly. My eyes are sensitive to everything!! So each test that is done during my exams are time consuming and frustrating. His support staff were so patient with me, allowing my eyes time to readjust and stop watering. This was very different from previous experiences, where I am rushed or the staff is frustrated with how sensitive my eyes are to light. The visit with Dr. Chang was great. She remembered seeing my daughter last year and asked about her. She took time to answer all of my questions about my eyes watering and allergies. She took the time to explain dry eyes to me and how the brain functions that leads to the excess eye watering. Amazing! I have had this issue for many many many years and no one in other practices really took the time to explain this to me, in medical terms that made perfect sense. She gave me a prescription for both the allergies and dry eyes. They are both working great and have lessened the problem. Overall, I am very pleased with both my experience and my daughter's experience with the doctors and staff. If you are looking for a friendly place, with a touch of southern hospitality , where they really care about your eye health and you as a person, check out this office!
Dr. Sweetnam and his staff are great. Glad to have them nearby.
Gaspar Maurice L MD
1635 N George Mason Dr Ste 100 Arlington, VA
I don't like going to the eye doctors, but I really like this one. I have diabetes so I have to get my eyes checked every year. They are very patient and caring. There are two Ophthalmologist in office and few optometrist so it can get very busy. When it does the front desk can forget things or who you are, but are better then other front desk offices.
Rude, sarcastic, and unfriendly. He doesn't take the time to explain things to you and is rushed and hurried. I won't be back to him.
Eyewear & Opticians, Optometrists
Georgetown, 1307 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC
I actually had a really nice conversation on the phone with Pierse (or Pier) at the store located in Georgetown, and I hope he will be able to find the Oliver People's frame I am looking for. Pierse understood what I am looking for, didn't stress out when I asked about the frame price. I have also visited the store 3 or 4 times just browsing the collections and there is that tall man in his 50's who really cares about my opinion and indecisive personality when it comes to eye glass frames.
Best selection and excellent service. Did not feel like I was being "sold" a pair of sunglasses, but rather that I was patiently helped and offered unbiased, expert advice. Very high end brands, some unique. Would recommend to anyone local, or it's worth a trip for out-of-towners like myself. Could not have gotten this selection and service at home. Will be back next time I'm in need of a pair of glasses.
Super friendly staff and took plenty of time helping me look for the perfect pair of aviators, with a lovely beagle baby greeter who gave me a sweet kiss!
Lots of high-end frames and sunglasses (no warby's though). I wish I could have found the perfect aviators I was looking for, but no go on this trip!
I will try again next time I'm in Georgetown!
I enjoy being able to walk out of Georgetown Optician with a pair of glasses that's stylish without having to be a style expert myself. I appreciate their advice and steering that keeps me from going with something too bland. Finally, they were able to update my prescription quickly. Definitely worth the drive from MD.
I called here to ask if they carried two styles by Oliver Peoples. The man on the phone said "Yeah, we carry lots of Oliver Peoples, I don't know if we carry those specific styles, but you can come in and look." That is very poor customer service. I have been to this store several times and I knew they carried Oliver Peoples, and they do not have so many that you would not know, or be able to check, which styles you carry. When you charge between $200 to over $1000 for your products, you should provide better customer service.
Glaser Stephen R, Md
15235 Shady Grove Rd Rockville, MD
Was THE WORST Doctor's office experience in my 43 years of life. My daughter's appointment was at 10:30am... we waited in the waiting room til after 11:30am. They took us back and did a 10 minute eye exam and sent us BACK in to the waiting room. At 12:45pm we were still waiting!!??
I finally walked out...my daughter was hungry for lunch and I could see that all the techs were leaving to eat.