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#16 Nanazola

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:36 PM

Thanks missp.

#17 matt-h

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:39 PM

I'd agree with pupkin above about the horribly pushy sales tactics of the optician's in Westow Hill. I only went there once and had a horrible experience: they ordered in some lenses despite me never having even decided what I was going to buy and then insisted I pay a restocking fee when I told them they shouldn't have ordered them. I told them where to go and have never been back. Awful, awful service.

I recently had a right old palaver trying to get some new glasses. Took two months to resolve and I eventually got my money back. The problem was that I got the prescription from one place (Boots) and then ordered specs elsewhere (David Clulow). When it became clear that the original prescription was wrong, it was a nightmare trying to get it resolved. David Clulow seem to employ empty headed models, rather than qualified opticians.

I'd recommend that you buy glasses from whoever you get your prescription from, it saves a lot of hassle all round. Can't go wrong with Boots in my experience (or any of the former Dolland & Aitchinson stores that are also now Boots).

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

Hmm, sounds like there are different levels of eye test. Do they routinely check for things like glaucoma and other conditions in a standard eye test, or do you have to ask them...or do you have to see a specialist eye doctor?

I may be wrong but I think the pressure test is for glaucoma.

On a similar subject, has anyone here had laser eye surgery and where? Any regrets? My daughter is about to have hers done at Optimax in Croydon and is feeling a bit nervous ...
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#19 St. Lukes Railings

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:35 PM

My cousin in Melbourne was the first person to introduce it to the country back in 1994. As much as he championed it he also warned that it would only last around 10 years. It may have moved on since but after the first treatment chances of similar results subsequently are/were negligible

#20 Nanazola

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:47 PM

Good tips, thanks matt. Buy glasses where you get prescription from. Memo to self, don't try any clever stuff, you know it won't work out for you!

SLR, are you saying laser surgery DOES last longer than 10 years nowadays?

#21 St. Lukes Railings

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:39 PM

Yes I am. Apparently the 'scrapings' from the eye are less intrusive than before I can ask my cousin for more details If you wish

#22 ChewderOde

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:31 PM

I got smoe nwe glasses rcently - use tmhe on the comptuer - rellay gdoo - dnot have ayn problmen wiht thme - cna give dtelaits to any oen woh wnats tehm

#23 Redbunny23

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:10 AM

I've got a voucher for a £10 eye test at Boots or D&A if you want it.

#24 Nanazola

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:21 PM

Thanks much RB but I've already got one - it nudged this thread in fact!

#25 Nanazola

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:51 PM

Going by the comments here, I think I'll go for an independent optician's, either Woodfalls in W Norwood or Rawlings in Croydon. Beckenham is just a bit out of my radius.

Thanks so much everyone, I would never have known about these places or what they were like without you!

#26 RachelF

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:16 PM

The pressure test - a puff of air in the eye - and the peripheral vision test - clicking on something when you see a light are both for glaucoma.
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#27 VKJ

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

Good choice Woodfalls. They do all the tests. Good luck!

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:36 PM

Can anyone advise whether it's cheaper to buy glasses from the big chains or the independents? I don't want two-for-the-price-of-one - just half the price they want to charge me!

#29 Ziwa

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:42 PM

When I was at that transition point of going from occasional reading glasses to full time four-eyes, I got very obsessive with getting consistent data. The difference in price and convenience was huge for the varifocal transition. I got about 3 or 4 eye tests, all with slight differences. The ones at a high street chain all were pushing the varifocal thing strongly. I finally got a really straight story from a glasses shop that now will have my business foreverafter in gratitude. The guy asked how old I was, then said 'your eyes are going to change rapidly in the next 1-2 years, so don't buy expensive lenses, and don't panic. It will then plateau, and THATS when you should get the varifocals.' At that point I got reading-glass lenses (single vision), but chose frames that would accomodate varifocals. Then got the varifocals later. Its all been fine (though varifocals took some time to adjust to).

My strong recommendation if you want the cheapest high end designer frames you can get, without any sales pitch, is to go to Iris Optical http://www.irisoptical.co.uk/ (London Bridge area, Liverpool St or Richmond). They do not do eye tests. But they give good advice, no pitch, and the best thing - you can take a bunch of frames with you (with credit card deposit) and try them on for a week, getting all your pals to give their opinions.

I got my eyes tested most recently at a small family-run shop in S, Ken station called Abbott Optical. They did by far the best test of the many I subjected myself to among the high street (Optical Express, D&A) and of Westow Street. (I liked the lady who does the tests at Westow St but really didn't like the pitch from her son on the frames).

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:06 PM

If there ever was a doubt you were a scientist, it has been entirely eliminated.... :D :D :D