Rayner Eye Clinic

Desirae Blaylock (right) assists in the selection of a pair of glasses at the Rayner Eye Clinic location in Southaven, which has added an optical shop to its services in the last month.

Bob Bakken|DTT

A Southaven eye clinic has added a new service to its repertoire of vision care offerings.

Rayner Eye Clinic, which moved to its 6762 Getwell Road location in Southaven after previously being on Airways Blvd. for the past several years, now has added an optical shop to what it provides its patients, said Desirae Blaylock, who manages the optical shop at the Southaven location.

Rayner Eye Clinic also has a clinic at its base of operations in Oxford.

While the Southaven clinic has been operating on Getwell Road for about year, Blaylock said the optical shop is new for them.

“It’s been open for about a month or so, so it’s fairly new,” Blaylock said. “I’m still getting shipments of optical stuff coming in.”

Convenience to the customers is an advantage Blaylock said the clinic’s patients have been waiting for.

“A lot of our patients have been waiting awhile for the optical shop to open and we finally have it open, so they are happy about that,” Blaylock said. “That way, they can stick to one certain place and they don’t have to take their prescription to another place to get it filled. They’re excited about that.”

Simply put, people who come in to have their vision checked and find they need either new glasses or a new prescription don’t have to make an extra stop someplace else after their checkup is done.

“When the patient sees the doctor here and gets a prescription for glasses, they will bring it to me and we’ll pick out a pair of frames that they like and we can have it made with their prescription,” Blaylock said. “It gets sent off since we don’t have a lab here in our office, so it takes about 7-10 days to get them back.”

Even with a 7-10 day wait, the convenience of having everything taken care in one place allows for customers to have their eye test, frame selection and ordering done in one trip, Blaylock said, who added the clinic offers several popular brands for frames, along with prescription sunglasses and contacts.

The Kilmichael native started her career in optical and enjoys the service she can provide.

“I use to work for an optometrist and I got started in optical,” Blaylock noted. “That’s where my heart is, in helping people to see. You’d be amazed by some of the responses when someone gets their glasses and they can see. They’re used to not having a clear picture and it’s an awesome feeling when can help them like that.”

Blaylock said the clinic’s hours from 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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