14220 Optical will bring customers an eye opening experience
“I’ve been trying to open my own business for the past four years. It’s very difficult to open your own business, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Don’t give up,” said owner of Dr. Beyer Opticals, Jillian Beyer.
Beyer, a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Optometry in Manhattan, had hands on training in the optometry field for five years. She worked for various employers, like Sterling Optical and Lens Crafters, where she gained the experience necessary to open and run her own business, 14220 Optical, 2277 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.
With the help of her boyfriend, the duo built their business from scratch. Their sole intention is providing residents with an easier means of obtaining their eye care needs.
Beyer said it is very important for men and women to have routine eye exams, to make sure there are no vision issues present like diabetes and glaucoma.
“These things can all be found in a routine eye exam so it is very important to get checked,” said Beyer. “Eye conditions like glaucoma are hidden problems that need to be found before it is too late.”
An eye exam is covered under insurance, but if someone does not have insurance, the business offers an eye exam for $50 and with a pair of glasses the total cost is $99.99.
Beyer said she puts emphasis on eye exams rather than solely selling glasses, because it is more important for a person to have their eyes checked.
Her goal is to also offer reasonable priced products for people, especially ones on limited incomes. She stated she wants the community to feel at home when they come in. She also wants to provide people with excellent service and a better selection than they will find anywhere else.
The business offers contact lenses including colors and bifocals. They even fill out prescription forms from other doctors and assist all ages.
No matter how big or small the problem is, Beyer aims to fix it. Sometimes customers will buy a pair of glasses elsewhere, and since it is the wrong prescription, they can develop headaches and dizziness.
At 14220 Optical, customers can feel at ease knowing they will help them find their perfect match.
“I’m very worried about people’s health and their eyes, and I want to make sure people feel comfortable with me,” she said. “You can come in here and just chat or you can come in here for an adjustment, everything is kept very light.”
In the near future, the business will be offering over the counter reading glasses and sunglasses.
Beyer also owns Hamburg Optical, 51 Buffalo Street in the Village of Hamburg.
For more information, visit www.drbeyeropticals.com or call 848-9545.
Eye exams are provided on site 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.