• Call Us Today! 876.906.1493
  • Email: info@EyeQJamaica.com

Call Us Today! 876.906.1493

Email! info@EyeQJamaica.com

MEET OUR CEO

Certified Optometrist

I'm Dr. Aron Wohl

CEO
  • E-mail: info@eyeqjamaica.com
  • Phone: 876.906.1493 | 876.470.9298

Lying back in the big, black, eclectic office chair, Dr. Aron Wohl M.C.Optom. is not your average optometrist. Then again, Eye Q is not your average optical establishment.

Less doctor, and more business man, Aron conducts business as such, with a vision that looks to the future, and expansion ideas that take into account marketing, customer service, and building Eye Q into a lifestyle brand that goes beyond the eyes. So how did it become Jamaica’s “Intelligent Choice”?

Aron’s journey to Jamaica was rooted in a love for reggae music, especially Reggae Sunsplash, and he planned his first three month volunteer placement with FISH (The Foundation for International Self-Help) Eye Clinic in Kingston, to coincide with the festival, “I wasn’t quite the model student,” Aron says laughing, in his gravelly, North London accent, reminiscing on the days when he had a ponytail. But what he excelled in, was customer service and people skills. “I could really communicate with the patients, while there were those who could pass exams, but had no personality.” This would essentially be one of the keys to Eye Q’s success.

After university, Aron built up experience in London, working with high street opticians before heading to the warmer climate of Jamaica in 1991. Faced with basic equipment, poor patient care, non-existent screening processes, and a crumbling health system, his eyes were also opened to a number of medical conditions typically only seen in textbooks. Aron was frustrated with the bureaucracy and slow pace, but was refreshed by weekends he spent in Port Antonio, exploring and falling in love with his new home. In fact, Aron’s stories of hitchhiking across the island; gathering wood to build a stove in his new home; trying to cross the island in his old, sometimes faithful 1969 Mini; and escapades of catching the bus from Parade to the country, show how a “comedy of errors” grew to attach itself lovingly to his heart.

Next, Aron found a place for himself at Sovereign’s newly opened Vision Plus. “It was a whole other world from working with FISH,” Aron says, “and I realized that these Uptown people weren’t so bad,” he adds laughing. Here, he was dedicated to providing optical care long with proper service. Pretty quickly, his part-time schedule went from two or three patients each week, to being fully-booked. After about a year, he went back to London where he worked as the optometrist at Selfridges (a well-known department store) for three months. While away, he earned enough money to return to Jamaica and buy a proper car—a 1982 Honda Civic. It was five years later, now back in Jamaica, when he decided that it was time to go it alone. With his ever-expanding and loyal client base, he set about finding an appropriate venue. He did so in New Kingston, and opened Eye Q Optical in 1999, with a stylish, minimal—and most importantly–cost-effective interior.

“We opened that first store on a shoe-string budget,” Aron shares, adding how the industrial feel of the doctor first came about as a way to save on fixtures. From secretaries to CEO’s, Aron’s client base continued to grow, attracting patients who were looking for top customer service, in an inviting and welcoming environment. Already understanding that the name of the game was to ultimately ensure patient satisfaction with renewed confidence in their appearance, his first store reflected this. “I wanted it to be a place where people could come and try the frames on without having to ask to be served,” he says. “I wanted our clients to take their time, try on a number of frames and spend all day if they wanted. Nothing here is behind lock and key.” And with one of the largest selections of frames on the island, you may just need all day. From Face à Face based in France, Theo from Belgium, to Rapp from Canada, and Lindberg from Denmark we are truly international operation.

We are Here & Committed to your Safety.

To our Valued Eye Q Clients

During this difficult time, I would like to wish you and your loved ones much blessings, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. The safety and welfare of our clients and employees are paramount. Upon monitoring the global spread of the COVID-19, Eye Q Optical has further enhanced our health and safety standards and procedures to ensure your safety in our offices and that of our team.

In our efforts to keep our employees and clients safe, we have developed a COVID-19 Response Plan, which outlines our response to the outbreak. These efforts will allow us to continue to provide the quality eye-care service and attention you are accustomed to. Some of the measures we are employing to mitigate the local transmission of the Coronavirus include:
  • We have employed continuous sanitizing techniques & delayed our usual "Try-On-Yourself" policy. Please visit "Covid-19 Announcement" for full details.
  • Our Manor Park office will now have limited opening times. Learn more here.
  • We have reduced the number of appointments per hour to ensure social distancing in store.  Unfortunately children and patients over the age of 65 are not allowed at this time (emergency cases only, please call for advice).
  • There will be no contact lens fittings at this time but replacement contact lenses can be ordered online here or by calling us. Whether you ordered from us, or have an outside prescription, we can provide up to 6 months supply without having to come in for a refit. Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.
  • We cannot stress how important it is to practice good Contact Lens & Eyewear cleaning methods at this time.
  • If you are experiencing any medical eye problems (red eyes, itching eyes, watery eyes, or eye health related issues etc.) please call to speak with doctor for advice before making appointment.
  • Glasses, or lenses, may be replaced / reordered without the need for annual exam providing you are happy with your vision from current pair, and have your prescription. Note: to use health insurance prescription must be within 2 years.  Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.

We are open and here to serve during this unprecedented time
 
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