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Review by Jessica Jean

Came in as a new patient for an eye exam. I was treated with impatience and frustration when I expressed concern for the time constraint I was under after the appointment started late. I ended up canceling and paying a $50 cancellation fee. I had no issue paying the cancellation fee, but was disappointed with the lack of customer service. Will not be rescheduling and will take my service elsewhere.

Review by Jack Markey

Every experience I've had with Sharon at Crystal Optical has been very pleasant and enjoyable. She is highly professional, interacts well with clients, and will seek out frames from other sources if they are not available at her shop. This is a one-person enterprise colocated with a medical office, so I don't expect it to be open nights and weekends.

Review by Don Gonneville

I was in Alexandria on business and my eyeglasses needed to be repaired. I walked into Crystal Optical without an appointment, and Sharon, the optician, was very courteous and professional. Within five minutes, she had repaired my eyeglasses and I was on my way. Thank you for great service.

Review by James McClenathen

I agree with the other reviewer! I called and spoke with Sharon, who told me to come and order my frames on Thursday or Friday, when she would "definitely be there." I took time off work to accommodate her hours, and when I got there, the place was closed. The receptionist at Dr. Clark's said Sharon had "taken the day off." I was so insulted that Sharon had wasted my time and money that I called her the following Monday. She was unapologetic and did not seem to think she had done anything wrong, even though she had blown off a customer who had clearly expressed interest in buying lenses and frames totaling about $310. I don't care if the frames are hard to find. I don't put up with such poor customer service, and I'll be taking my business elsewhere.


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Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2019, the population was estimated to be 159,428. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C. Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria, and in 2017, so did the headquarters of the National Science Foundation. The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town. With ... Read More

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