Best Optometrists near me in Bethesda, MD

4 Optometrists near me in Bethesda, MD – map location, contacts, real reviews, rating. Eye examinations, a wide selection of lenses and eyeglass frames from the world's leading manufacturers.

Rating updated: September 25, 2023

Voorthuis Opticians

7 reviews


7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

+1 301-469-9058

Voorthuis Opticians

4 reviews


10231 Old Georgetown Rd # C, Bethesda, MD 20814

+1 301-530-6266

Potomac Vision Care

3 reviews


6720a Rockledge Dr # 200, Bethesda, MD 20817

+1 301-571-1530

Warby Parker Bethesda Row

10 reviews


4821 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

+1 240-614-4317

Who is an optometrist and what does he or she do?

Optometry is a branch of ophthalmology that specializes in methods of correcting vision using optometric aids. An optometrist is a specialist who determines the degree of vision impairment and prescribes corrective aids such as glasses and contact lenses.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

What is the difference between the profession of an optometrist and an ophthalmologist? An optometrist only provides initial diagnosis and can only treat refractive errors with conservative methods.

What does an optometrist do?

Functionality: eye examinations, selection of types of vision correction (glasses, lenses), recommendations on eyeglass lens designs and contact lens materials, and advanced medical services. Include: eye examinations, selection of types of vision correction (glasses, lenses), recommendations on eyeglass lens designs and contact lens materials, and advanced medical services.

Why do eyeglasses cost so much?

Eyeglasses are a complex optical device that is manufactured with high-precision equipment. Often expensive materials are used for the glasses. All of this explains why eyeglasses can be expensive.

What should you do before buying glasses?

Let's look at what to look for when buying eyeglasses. The first is, of course, quality. The second is the choice of lenses of glasses. Here we focus attention on the material: they can be either glass or plastic. The third is the choice of frames.

What's the difference between expensive glasses and cheap glasses for vision?

The quality and accordingly the price of the lens depends on the presence of coatings on the lenses. The higher the price, the more coatings on the lens. Coatings make our vision more comfortable. Lens manufacturers do not stand still and improve the quality of lenses.

How do I know which glasses fit my face?

It's best if the width of the frame is equal to or slightly larger than the widest part of your face. The upper line of the frames should coincide with the line of eyebrows. Smooth shapes of glasses will emphasize rounded curves of the face. To emphasize high cheekbones choose the "butterfly" or "cat-eye" glasses.

Where can I see better with glasses or contact lenses?

With lenses, you can see better, so it turns out that extra obstacles don't distort the image. Lenses don't shed dust, don't catch glare from the sun and don't distort peripheral vision-no matter where we look, the image stays sharp.

Top Reviews

Josh Kurtz  |  Rating: 1  |  Warby Parker Bethesda Row

Terrible customer service and incompetent optician, do not buy glasses from this store. I have purchased warby parker glasses in the past and had a great experience with customer service at the georgetown and shaw stores (washington, dc). After my prescription expired I went to the bethesda store to get my new pair. This was a huge mistake. The staff at this store do not even come close to rising to the quality at the other locations where I purchased my glasses in the past. When I went to pickup my glasses after purchase and upon putting them on I became instantly nauseous, when I told the optician (and manager) she became visibly annoyed and blamed me for giving them the wrong prescription. I pulled the prescription up to verify and once we compared them she told me that there was nothing wrong with the glasses and they met the prescription. She begrudgingly sent the glasses back for adjustments (although no new measurements were taken, or really any sort of troubleshooting). When they returned I went to pick them up. I immediately had the issue persist. The same optician bent the glasses over the nose and it made a slight bit of positive difference (having worn them for longer I realized it made no difference other than making them very uncomfortable). In hindsight I wish I had asked for a refund. I was swayed by the opticians insistence that I just needed to "get used to the new prescription". I had no issue adjusting to the new prescription in my contacts. I have since realized that there is a ripple or some sort of defect in the left lens that distorts what I see, but had to figure that out by wearing them and feeling awful. I have reached out to corporate about my issue, but nothing they do will change my opinion of this particular store. Too bad because I like the brand and have had great experiences at other stores. Great glasses at warby parker but never purchase them from this store.

Kata Strephein  |  Rating: 5  |  Potomac Vision Care

Outstanding optical! In addition to recommending my friends, I have gone back several times for additional glasses because of such great service and selection. The optician took time to help me find the best options, and explained the differences between different frames, lenses and coatings. He also took great care to make sure my frame sat perfectly on my face. I have never before gotten a new pair of glasses where there was almost no adjustment period. I am beyond impressed and could not recommend this place more!

Daanish Siddiqi  |  Rating: 1  |  Warby Parker Bethesda Row

I went in to the store 9/4. There were 4 employees chatting amongst themselves and not assisting any customers. There was another couple there who was being helped by another employee. I actively tried on glasses for 15 minutes and not a single person bothered to say a word to me. My wife and I have been to this location in the past and ordered glasses in store. We will not be returning.

John Todd  |  Rating: 4  |  Voorthuis Opticians

We have been going to Voorthuis in Montgomery Mall for years. Dr. Robinson is the best at her job. She explains everything so you'll understand, and has patience, professionalism, and extremely great personality. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. It might be a little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for in service.

Alex Mac Levine  |  Rating: 3  |  Warby Parker Bethesda Row

Update: emails from returns were going to spam; and I wasn’t seeing them. Once the process was started it went very smoothly. Returns very difficult, glasses and process are low quality. Four main issues 1) Lenses for sunglasses don’t use anti-reflective coating on inside, which makes the sun shine directly into your eyes from the side. 2) They use an iPhone to measure PD, which means they use a single number. Many people have two numbers and they are different. This means you’ll get glasses that never feel right and they don’t tell you and make it hard/impossible to return. 3) The link/url they give you to make returns is for sale - ie it’s a total scam. 4) They don’t tell you they don’t take insurance till after the sale. Stay away.

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