Visual illusions? Beliefs and behaviours of presbyope clients in optometric practice

Fiona Fylan, Elizabeth A Grunfeld

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Many clients in optometry practice have reported that they do not receive sufficient information from practitioners to make informed purchasing decisions for corrective spectacles. The aim of this study was to identify participants' attitudes and beliefs towards visiting an optician and purchasing spectacles, to compare clients' and practitioners' perceptions of purchasing decisions, and to examine clients' preferences for information and decision making. One hundred and fifty-eight presbyopes completed a questionnaire to examine attitudes and behaviours regarding visiting an optician. Thirty-four practitioners completed a questionnaire examining the purchasing recommendations they make to clients, and their perceptions of clients' purchasing decisions and information needs. Participants reported positive attitudes towards visiting an optician but required more information about their eyesight and about purchasing options. A discrepancy was found between client and practitioner perceptions of purchasing decisions and of involvement in the decision making process. Practitioners overestimated the importance of price to clients and underestimated the importance of their own recommendations on purchasing decisions. The findings of this study could be used to guide practitioners in their provision of information to clients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-5
Number of pages5
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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