Saturday, 3 July 2021

Decisions, decisions

I had an appointment with the optician yesterday and I have chosen a new pair of glasses. The assistant actually chose them for me as with covid restrictions in place any pair that's tried on can't be replaced on the display stand and have to be placed inside a box on the counter. It's not a great photo as they are definitely not as bright as the colour in the photo suggests. You can just see the assistant wearing her gloves and customers have to wear a mask at all times and have to go in the shop by themselves, hubby would usually advise me we on what suits my face. Anyway this new pair of glasses are roughly the same shape and size as what I'm wearing now.

I have been wearing my current glasses for the last five years and would have had an eye test sooner but I have been attending the eye clinic at the hospital during that time. My consultant wrote a letter to the optician so I could have an eye test and I have been given a copy of that letter so I know what the problem with my right eye is but not the cause. I had a decision to make as to whether to have surgery or not. I am on the waiting list but have decided not to go ahead with it and I can manage with sight in one eye. I have seen two consultants and the one who put me on the list wasn't aware of the extent of the problem. I have time to change my mind about the surgery before my next appointment which will be another video consultation. I just feel like I've been through enough this last year or so what with one thing and another. At least having the eye problem meant I was sent for a brain scan and it's good to know I have a brain in good working order :-) 

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  1. You're really going through it with your health at the moment, it all seems to come at once sometimes, doesn't it. It's ages since I've been to the opticians, I know myself that my eyesight has deteriorated and I need new glasses so I should make an appointment soon. I hadn't thought about trying glasses on, it does make sense not to put them back on display but I like to try lots on when choosing something different to see what suits me. Hmmm, this might put me off going for a while now.

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    1. I normally try on lots of different pairs too and this time I only rejected one pair of blue ones. I really couldn’t decide so asked for something similar to what I was wearing and was happy with what the assistant chose for me.
      I would have felt awful having to put a dozen pairs in the box. My eyesight was deteriorating and I am using a magnifying glass and that’s why I don’t read much, sew, knit or crochet anymore. I’d say to you do consider having an eye test as eyesight is so precious.

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  2. I have purple frames as well though mine definitely are a much brighter colour than yours. I didn't enjoy choosing my frames under lockdown conditions as I was limited to how many I was permitted to try on and only the assistant was allowed to handle them, so not the best of experiences and like you I opted for a similar shape to my previous pair.

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    1. I hadn't even thought about choosing the frames with restrictions although I was aware of the rules about going in alone and wearing a mask and only arriving five minutes before the appointment time. I didn't take the first pair from the display come to think about it, the assistant stood next to me while I looked at the range. Knowing what size and shape suits your face is a good help in deciding. The staff were lovely so not too bad an experience I suppose.

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  3. I like those purple glasses, very yummy! I got an eye test and new glasses at the start of the year and went through all those Covid restrictions too. When the new glasses arrived, they had to be adjusted to my head OUT IN THE STREET!

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    1. Oh my goodness that sounds rather extreme adjusting your glasses out in the street but to keep you safe they have to do what they have to do. Glasses become a feature of your face so getting the right ones is so important. Glad you like my new ones.

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  4. Oh dear Eileen! Hope you make a decision about the surgery soon. Must admit that I put my appointment off till I'd flicked my glasses off so many times, taking my masks off, that DH had glued one lens back in for me & it was crooked so had to go & get new ones. Our restrictions must be similar as I tried on 2 pairs only & chose very similar to my old ones. I've not had mine adjusted as it's too hard when wearing a mask & that is still in here. I've a tried many styles over the years (55 to be exact) & still hate choosing. Take care & hugs.

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    1. Wearing a mask has made my glasses fall off a couple of times too and I'd be useless without them. It's good that your hubby tried to fix the lens back in your for you even if it didn't work out. Luckily this pair seem a good fit so I'm thinking they may not need to be adjusted but as you say that was while wearing a mask. Styles change all the time so it is hard choosing the right pair. Take care.

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  5. From Ann via Bloglonin"
    So glad about your brain, that's a relief! ;)

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    1. In all seriousness Ann I think there was a thought the dreaded C word may have spread up there but thankfully not and the old brain is functioning as well as can be expected :-)

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  6. Oh sweetie, so sorry to read you are going through the ringer again. But your new frames look fabtastic! (that's not one of my careless typos 🤗)

    Once you have the prescription for your glasses you might look at GlassesDirect.com. I use them loads - much cheaper than the optician, and for most [but not all] frames they will send you an empty frame to try on at home before you buy, but I find their prices are so reasonable that I just guess what might suit (do check the frame sizes, but they make that easy) and go ahead with an order.

    It does mean I can have spare pairs all over the place because these days my sight has deteriorated so much that without reading glasses I cannot even make a cup of tea safely.😢

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    1. Thank you Jayne. I know there are ways of having glasses made up more cheaply but I wear varifocals and have worn glasses since being a child an I'm very short sighted. They were so good to me in the opticians and phoned the laboratory for me while I was there as my prescription is not straightforward due to the problems with my right eye. Not going into the details here on the blog but I really couldn't have sorted it myself without their help. It's a curse getting old isn't it, I hope I never have to put my teeth in a glass of water at night :)

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  7. PS: How is Miss Tilly?

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    1. Oh Miss Tilly is doing really well and is very lovable but she does have her naughty moments as all pups do x

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  8. I'm relieved to read your brain is in working order at least ;)
    My new glasses are almost identical to my last pair. I found it too difficult to decide what suited me while wearing my mask, and they kept steaming up! X

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    1. It was difficult to choose just looking at the display and not being able to try them on and all while wearing a mask. The machine I had to look through for the eye test steamed up too it was all a bit of a nightmare really but the staff were so kind and patient. Certainly not an ideal time to visit the opticians for sure.

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  9. The new glasses look nice but it sounds like you went through quite a palaver at the optician's - hopefully you won't need to have them adjusted. It's good to know you still have a brain in working order though :) And if you ever get to the stage of putting your teeth in a glass of water at night just get a tube of Fixodent then you won't need to take them out :) :)

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    1. It's certainly not like it used to be at the opticians and if it wasn't for desperately needing new glasses I might not have bothered. Having said that they are so kind and helpful there it's only afterwards you think what a palaver. I'll bear the Fixodent tip in mind if I ever need it :-)

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