I have been putting off going to the opticians for a while, mainly because I am so indecisive that I have a massive problem when it comes to choosing new frames!
When Specsavers offered me a free eye test and a voucher towards some new glasses I took it as a sign and booked in for a sight check.
Everyone I dealt with in store was really helpful, they talked me through everything they did and what was going to happen next, which for someone who has anxiety was fantastic.
While I waited for my checkup one of the staff took a digital photo of each of my eyes and then went off to see what prescription I had in my current glasses.
I waited for about 90 seconds then I was whisked in for my actual appointment. It was a standard check, wearing daft specs while you read from a chart.
I told the optician about the headaches I’d been having so she used the slit lamp to look at the very back of my eye and let me know everything was fine.
There were a couple more standard tests and the optician showed me the digital photo of the back of my eye which was cool, I’ve never seen that before and it helped me understand a bit better which bits she was talking about.
My prescription hadn’t changed, but there was something about my astigmatism that had altered so I decided that was a good excuse for a new pair of specs and went outside to choose my frames.
The woman who helped me choose was fantastic, I really believed her when she told me a pair looked good because she was refreshingly honest when a pair looked terrible!
I knew I wanted a change from the narrow metal frames I usually wear but that they should be black so as not to clash with whatever colour my hair happens to be!
I am not known for my decisiveness and so spent ages umming and ahhing over which frames to go with, eventually narrowing it down to two choices.
The assistant was fantastic, she was really patient, she took photos so I could see myself in both pairs from various angles and helped me finally pick my favourites.
She then talked me through my lens options and made sure I understood everything available to me.
My lenses weren’t held in stock with the anti-glare coating so I went back 4 days later to collect my glasses, a thoroughly painless and speedy process.
Here are the ones I went for.
They’re made by Quiksilver and have flexible hinges so are really easy to put on and take off. They’re black with dark brown arms and a carved design at the end.
I’m really happy with them, they’re light and because the lenses are larger than my previous pair I feel like my peripheral vision has expanded!
Specsavers have lots of great offers, the 2for1 deal on designer frames in particular is a fab one, and the fact that you can often choose your frames and then take them home the same day is amazing.
I will certainly be heading back in 18 months for my next checkup.