Some people might be a little confused when they go into a New York office for an eye exam and get offered a beer first.
That’s what optometrist Justin Bazan, 34, does in his office in the Brooklyn borough’s Park Slope neighborhood. He says a beer before an exam helps the patient relax.
“We are friendly, helpful and like to have fun! We have beer/wine tastings all the time,” he told The New York Post, stressing that he and his employees don’t imbibe when they’re on the job.
“Heck, if it’s been a rough day and you need something strong, just ask. We got you,” he said.
But not everyone loves the idea of cocktail hour at the optometrist’s.
“I was offered a beer on my first visit,” griped one patient, Mark T., on Yelp. “Seriously, alcohol before an eye exam? And in a medical environment?”
“I just put myself in patients’ shoes,” Mr. Bazan told The Post. “Everybody except that guy ‘Mark T.’ has loved it.”
Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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