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I have been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old; my first glasses being an exceptionally ugly pair of NHS specs. There are pictures of me as a teenager with big hair and even bigger glasses which I thought looked cool at the time but now realise made me look like an owl! I have always trusted Specsavers with my eyecare so when I decided to make take the plunge and get contact lenses they were the natural choice. I will walk you through the process so that if you are interested in getting contact lenses then you will realise it is a pain free procedure.
It is important that you book a contact lens appointment as they are longer than a standard sight test and take place in a different room. I have found Specsavers generally have appointments available within a few days and the extended opening hours (my local store is open till 6:30pm 4 days a week and on Sunday) mean that it is easy to find a time which suits.
Upon arriving at the store you are first called for a pre-test when they squirt puffs of air into your eyes and make you look at images on a small screen. After that you are called to for your main sight test by the optometrist.
The sight test is really high tech these days, instead of reading letters from a fixed chart the letters are projected onto the wall. It is similarly high tech when it comes to finding your prescription; some of us will remember the days of old when they put uncomfortable glasses onto you and manually went through the lenses till they found the right one. Thankfully this is also done by looking into a magic machine which changes lens strength until you have the right prescription.
I have always been happy with the sight tests; the optometrists are friendly and take plenty of time with each customer making sure they get the prescription exactly right. It is vitally important to have a sight test every two years to check on your eye health, my daughter was referred to hospital after a sight test and although it ended up being nothing to worry about it is better to be safe than sorry. They also ask you about your lifestyle to make sure they recommend the correct type of lenses for your needs.
The next stage in a contact lens consultation is talking about what type of lenses you want. Most people will choose the soft contact lenses which cost from just £5 a month but unfortunately I have a complex prescription so they were out for me. I need specialised contact lenses which need to be tailor made to fit my wonky corneas and extreme short sightedness and cost a lot more than standard lenses. In order to fit my lenses properly I needed to then return to the store another say to get a photo of my cornea using some kind of high tech machine.
The next stage is a contact lens fitting where they make sure the lenses they have ordered for you fit properly and give you perfect vision. You are taught how to put lenses in and take them out again, many people are squeamish about lenses because they are uncomfortable with putting their fingers near their eyes but once you have practiced a bit then inserting lenses becomes like second nature. You are taught how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and keep them clean etc.
The best way to pay for your lenses is by monthly direct debit, an excellent scheme which not only covers the cost of your lenses and solutions but any follow up appointments. I really like the fact that I can call up and ask for a check-up without worrying about the cost.
Contact wearers still need glasses for the times they cannot wear their lenses. Specsavers have a brilliant selection of nice frames which suit everyone from tiny tots to the more mature wearer. The Gok Wan range offers funky statement glasses but the other ranges are also fashionable. You are helped to select frames which suit your own face shape and colouring and there are various special offers on to make them more affordable for lens wearers.
I love the freedom that contact lenses give me, no more steamed up glasses when I open the oven, no steamed up glasses when it is raining or when I exercise. I can wear off the shelf sunglasses in summer with nice fashionable frames instead of being restricted to one pair of prescription sunglasses. I get nice crisp vision and like the fact that half of my face is not hidden by glasses frames.
I always go to Specsavers for my eyecare needs and have done so for years and see myself staying loyal to them in the future. As well as superb eye tests they are also very competitively priced for both contact lenses and glasses making them a fantastic choice.