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Trans-friendly Opticians?

Postby Lairiana » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:30 pm

I'm guessing the big ones (Optical Express, Specsavers, Boots Expanding To Take Over Everything Ever Opticians) are going to be trans-friendly?

Is there any way to find out beforehand short of ringing up the store and asking the manager? Thanks! :D
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Re: Trans-friendly Opticians?

Postby Cassie » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:05 pm

I would try a small independent one in a town house with a brass plate on the door (you know the sort of thing) - i'm looking for one now - in those establishments even the receptionist is highly skilled and will often do the fittings. They're all educated scientists. I wouldn't have any worry about that sort of optician.

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Re: Trans-friendly Opticians?

Postby Jane_D_C » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:42 pm

Hi Lairiana,

This is a really important question around transition time.

Check my post at

Now every time I bump into something I say "I wish I'd been to Specsavers". :sick:


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Re: Trans-friendly Opticians?

Postby Pink Bunny » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:30 pm

I go to the Same Independent Opticians that I've used for Years.

Soo when I started My R.L.E I sent them a letter informing them about My change of Name.

I've had no Problem, & they've been Very Accepting. :D

Byee Robyn Suzanne. :)

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Re: Trans-friendly Opticians?

Postby JENNYJET » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:32 pm

Since transition began, I have used Specsavers, D&A ( Boots ) and an independant optician. By far, the independant was the best for professionalism from reception to fitting. Specsavers were the worst for me as they had great difficulty in dealing with deed poll/name change stuff as I used them as a male. Poorly trained chain store staff culture forced me to finish with them.
D&A are in the middle, in my town they are rather good but privacy within the store is almost non existent as it is within a large indoor shopping mall.

Find a good independant if you can, it may cost more but you get the great service you deserve ;)

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