As with Beth a couple of weeks ago, my test lasted thirty minutes, twice as long as the tests at Specsavers, and including a number of additional elements to the test. Also, unlike the Specsavers test I wasn’t ever able to read the last line of the chart – the second to last line being the 20/20 vision line according to the optician. The other interesting revalation, considering that Specsavers had twice come up with (different) changes in the angle of my astigmatism is that the test found that although my eyes had improved, the angle of my astigmatism was unchanged.
Beth’s new glasses seem to be going ok. As with all pairs they didn’t quite fit right, first time, but although she is getting the usual wierd feelings you get with new spectacles, she isn’t getting the blurred distance vision she encountered before.
Having talked about it, aside from the longer test, the main difference we found was that it generally felt more professional. The store was also significantly more busy, with four separate opticians performing eye examinations and a number of other staff helping customers with choosing their glasses. In addition, I didn’t get any argument about having regular lenses. The dispensing optician said that if I was happy with the weight of the lenses then that was fine, as the only reason for going for a thinner lense with my prescription was for the weight.
Although this has turned out to be rather more expensive than Specsavers, since being an independant they can’t compete with the offers that a chain can produce, on current results we are a lot happier with EyeSite. Of course the only problem is that thanks to the exclusive deal that my employer has with Specsavers, they won’t pay for the test.