I’ve been wearing glasses for the best part of a decade. Sort of.
My prescription has always been fairly minor – I can legally drive without them but I do find that everything is just that bit sharper, particularly when driving at night. I had the same pair of glasses for a good few years before losing them. I didn’t get round to replacing them for quite a long time as I just got used to being without them and, as I say, my prescription is fairly minor. I tended to just rely heavily on a pair of prescription sunglasses and they have served me really well for driving and outdoor events (though they’re starting to get quite tired now and I will be looking to replace them next year).
I finally got round to getting a new pair of glasses last year when I felt I had noticed a deterioration in my sight. I popped to my local opticians for an eye test and then bought my glasses in Boots. This was ultimately a decision based on convenience and price. It turned out to be a bad one. Now whether the prescription was at fault or the glasses themselves I’m not sure but after the initial few wears they started to make me feel really sick. It was suggested to me that as they were a much larger frame than my previous pair this could have made a difference but as my prescription sunglasses were even bigger this didn’t strike me as being very likely. I soon gave up wearing them preferring tired eyes over nausea which lasted for quite some time after taking the glasses off.
Of course this experience made me apprehensive about buying more glasses. I knew I needed them but I really didn’t want to be wasting a another couple of hundred pounds on glasses that were going to knock me sick. Lesson learned, this time I was going to make sure that both my eye test and glasses purchase would be from the same shop – if nothing else it meant I would have some “come back” if the glasses weren’t right.
I booked an appointment for Vision Express in the Trafford Centre using the Vision Express website, it took me a matter of moments and I got an email confirming my appointment followed by a reminder text a day or so before.
When I arrived at Vision Express for my appointment I was greeted promptly and guided to a waiting area before being invited for my eye health screening – this included a test to give a basic idea of what prescription I might need, the “hideous puff of air in the eye” test which is designed to measure the pressure in the eye and gives valuable information about the health of your eyes. I completely failed at the retinal photography as the poor lady doing my screening just couldn’t capture an image with my eyes open (story of my life!). The final test checks your peripheral vision and you basically have to click a button whenever you see lights flashing around a central target – I always feel bizarrely stressed out by this!
Once the eye health screening tests were complete I was met by the Optometrist who took me to do the more standard eye tests involving reading letters on the wall – we discovered I can no longer read the bottom line. I always find eye test nerve-wracking – what if I get it wrong and end up with the wrong glasses which either don’t work, or make my eyes worse? You know those moments when you’re being asked “Is this better or this?” and you really can’t decided . . . I definitely had a few of those moments. The Optometrist was super patient and just kept trying things to make sure that he knew exactly what I needed from my glasses.
Having had my prescription confirmed (with a slight deterioration from the last time I’d had a Vision Express eye test almost 6 years previously) it was time to choose some glasses. As I knew I would be attending my eye test on my own, I’d actually been quite organised and had visited the store with Dave a couple of weeks earlier to try on some glasses so already knew which ones I wanted. They weren’t on display but with the help of some photos Dave had taken, the salesperson was able to locate them for me and we agreed that they were the ones for me. He took some measurements of my face and told me my glasses would be ready in an hour. An hour!! I know that was always the big selling point of Vision Express in the past but I honestly didn’t realise they still offered that service, I’m used to waiting weeks for new glasses! There was me thinking that going to be local opticians followed by Boots would be convenient – let me tell you, in comparison to Vision Express it really wasn’t. I was thoroughly impressed. I had always thought that Vision Express were really expensive but they had glasses to suit every budget, I could have picked up two pairs for around £100 but, well, you all know I have expensive taste right? I think you can really tell the difference when you spend more on your glasses and if they’re going to be sat on my face all the time I want them to look nice. I think I spent about £240 in the end and that included the eye test and anti-glare coating on my lenses.
So . . do you want to see my new glasses?
And the best bit? They don’t make me sick! They just make everything look all clean and sparkly. I flipping love them. I bet you can’t guess where I’m going for my new sunglasses?
*I was invited for a free eye test and given money towards my new glasses in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*