Compare optometry in New Zealand at Canstar Blue. Visique, SpecSavers and OPSM were compared on Overall Satisfaction, Accessibility of Store, After Sale Service, Customer Service, Range of Products Available, Service and Advice, Value for Money.
See our Ratings Methodology.
Nobody can put a value on their eyesight. However, sometimes we are forced to put a price on maintaining healthy vision. The costs of regular yearly visits to an optometrist, eye tests, glasses, prescription sunnies, contact lenses can soon add up.
Not only can the cost of poor eyesight be a financial strain, trying to find the best optometrist can also be a difficult process. Given the range and scope of different practitioners, finding one that offers the best service and value for money can prove challenging.
So as part of our mission to inform consumers of the best NZ has to offer, Canstar Blue canvassed the opinions of 1109 New Zealanders who had used a national chain of optometry stores within the last three years, across a range of categories, to measure and track their satisfaction.
To decide which optometrist offers the best level of customer satisfaction, each was rated across the following categories:
Coming out on top is Visique. This year marks the fourth straight win for Visique, which has taken out our top optometry award each year since its inception, in 2018.
In this year’s ratings, it’s the only optometrist to earn a coveted 5-Star award for Overall Satisfaction. Across all categories it has more 5-Star ratings than both of its competitors combined.
Although cost is always an important factor for consumers in Canstar’s research, so too is service. And when it comes to health care, the right advice and service is of paramount concern.
This is reflected in our research. For both Service and Advice, and Customer Service both rate slightly more highly than Value for Money for those in our survey. Overall, the main drivers of satisfaction:
|Drivers of satisfaction||%|
|Service and Advice||24%|
|Value for Money||21%|
|After Sale Service||13%|
|Accessibility of Store||12%|
|Range of Products Available||8%|
In our survey, around a third of respondents say that poor eyesight runs in their family (32.7%) and that good eyesight is critical for their job (32.1%). However, around an equal amount (30.6%) confess to delaying visits to the optometrists due to cost.
But if you’re putting off a visit to get your eyes checked out, don’t delay a visit to your local Visique optometrists. For when it comes to Canstar’s 2021 Award for Most Satisfied Customers | Optometry, the winner is clear: Visique.
I have annual eye tests: 32.4%
I have glasses but hardly wear them: 9.8%
My glasses are a part of my look: 17.9%
The brand of glasses I wear is important to me: 9.9%
I think eye tests should be mandatory for drivers: 52.9%
I have more than one pair of glasses: 50.9%
Good eyesight is critical for my job: 32.1%
Poor eyesight runs in my family: 32.7%
I delay visits to the optometrists due to cost: 30.6%
I suffer eye strain through overuse of technology: 23.8%
I prefer cheaper chain outlets to boutique optometrists: 26.2%
I have had laser eye surgery and am happy with the results: 6.5%
I have had laser eye surgery and am disappointed with the results: 1.5%
I am planning to have laser eye surgery in the near future: 4.7%
I have not had laser eye surgery because it is too expensive: 20.6%
I have not had laser eye surgery because I was not comfortable with the idea: 13.7%
I have not thought about having laser eye surgery: 52.9%
Glasses or contacts
|Combination of both||
Yearly average spend
The name says it all: a square face is essentially angular. This includes strong features and a prominent jawline. If you’ve a square-shaped face, you should appreciate your sought-after model-like jaw line. However, glasses can often make features look too prominent, so the key is to soften harsh features. For angular features, glasses with strong curves and neutral colours work well, so cat-eye, round or oval frames may be your best options! Also, to make the face look slimmer, a wider frame could be a good choice.
If you’ve a broad forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow, pointed chin, then your face shape is categorised as heart-shaped. Because heart-shaped faces tend to have a wide forehead, it’s best to opt for glasses that have a wider frame than your forehead, so not to emphasise it. Of course, there’s certainly nothing wrong with a wide forehead, but glasses can distort facial features and, in this instance, those features can look out of proportion. Light coloured glasses can help soften your features, too.
If you’ve a round face, you’ll have a rounded chin with equally proportioned features, along with a wide forehead and full cheeks. The aim here is to wear strongly detailed glasses to create contrast and make features appear sharper. You may want to opt for coloured, detailed or patterned glasses, as they’ll make your face look longer and thinner. The shape of the glasses will also create the same effect; the key is to choose a frame that’s wider, rather than taller.
Also consider the style of bridge, as it can make a big difference to your overall appearance. When choosing glasses for a round face, aim for a thin or clear bridge to make your eyes seem wider apart.
An oval shaped face is very balanced in terms of proportional features, except your chin is narrower than your forehead and you’re blessed with high cheekbones! You’ll know if you have an oval-shaped face because everything is very balanced. With this comes ease in choosing glasses. But don’t opt for over-sized glasses that are too big, as you’ll distract from this balance. Instead, pick frames only a tad bigger! Detail usually pairs well with high cheek bones.
Canstar Blue surveyed 2523 New Zealand consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers who have used a national chain of optometry within the last three years, in this case, 1109 New Zealanders.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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