Can you read this? How 'bout this? Or this? Maybe it's time for new glasses. Don't worry - there are at least five eyeware shops, or optiky, in Bratislava that can provide help in English. There are two places to go if you need an eye exam. Optika Exclusiv spol s.r.o. on Laurinská ul. has an optometrist on hand to do eye exams. Once the exam is done, they can make lenses or contacts on order. Choose from their frames, which range from 500 to 7,000 Sk; but watch out on contact lenses - they charge a special price of 2,000-5,000 Sk for foreigners.
Optika Kuruc Marián, in Vrakuňa, also offers eye exams, but only between 10 and 12 a.m. each day. Their frames run a bit cheaper, costing from 150 to 3,000 Sk. Their lenses, however can cost up to 10,000 Sk, so customers should check to make sure they only pay for what they need.
For those who decide to visit a private optometrist, or who simply need a new pair of frames or contacts, try Očná optika H.N.P., centrally located on Obchodná ul. A full set of glasses costs about 1,300 Sk on average there, about the cheapest price in town. Or hit Očná Optika Dunaj, right in the Dunaj shopping center on Nám. SNP, or Optika K. Mušitzová, on Bošániho ul.
All of the shops also make repairs, so they can take care of the loose screw or the masking tape on your frames. And of course, there are many other optometrists in town, and although few have English-speaking staff, the definitions below might help. So stop procrastinating, get out there, and get some glasses. Your eyes will thank you for it.
23. Nov 1995 at 0:00 | Hannah Wolfson