Imagine being able to get prescription glasses for $49 within 15 minutes of getting your eyes screened.
Well that is what eye health innovators Dresden Optics are offering with HCF, and they have chosen Tamworth to roll out their first mobile optometry service.
All this week Dresden are offering free eyesight screenings with the potential for a full, bulk-billed eye-test if required. And for those who require glasses, Dresden’s innovative and affordable frames and lenses can be fitted on the spot, and that is where they differ from traditional optometrists according to co-founder Jason McDermott.
“We quickly screen people’s eyes to see how their vision is performing and if they need to see an optometrist, because some people don’t,” he said.
“If they do, our optometrist gives them the full suite of eye health examinations, and if they need glasses we cut them on sight in 10 to 15 minutes.”
Dresden offer modular frames, where people choose a $20 frame, and then a set of $20 temples or arms, which are all easily interchangeable with pop out Zeiss lenses, and available in a range of different colours.
“It is a new approach to eyeware that saves people time and money – glasses shouldn’t be so expensive and easy to break, or take too long to make,” Mr McDermott said.
Dresden are recent graduates from the HCF Slingshot program, a health technology accelerator program, where they shared a classroom with Tamworth’s own up and coming entrepreneur Edwina Sharrock and her Birth Beat digital midwife brand.
The eye tests are available until Saturday, for both members and the public, at the Peel Street HCF office.