Advantages Prices, Special offers, Friendly staff
Disadvantages Waiting... (often busy), Sometimes things aren't in stock so you need to wait a week
When I was at university, I found the slides projected on the screen at the front blurry so I sat closer to the front at every opportunity but it wasn't always possible and even when nearer the front, it wasn't always clear. I thought it was all the projectors being out of focus but eventually deducted that I needed glasses so off I went to look for an optician.Wandered into Vision Express but being a student, saw their prices and walked straight back out again! However, I remembered the "You should've gone to Spec Savers" TV adverts and their Buy One Get One Free offer so off I went to Spec Savers. I first visited one of their branches in Croydon high street (where the Whitgift Centre is) and managed to book an appointment for the same day. There are actually two branches down the high street, probably because they can get very busy. I did have to wait a while before I was served and there weren't even seats left because the branch was so packed.
First thing I had to do was try to read rows of letters on this light box thing. I'm sure you all know about this. I had to do this by covering one eye, then covering the other eye. You've probably guessed that I couldn't see the bottom rows. Then I had to wear this weird looking spectacle thing that had slots for lenses, and look at the light box straight ahead of me. She slotted a back lens into the left side to cover my vision to only test my right eye.
The light box had a red area, a green area, and a white area, as well as the large box with the rows of letters that decreased in size. Each of these areas had two small black pictures in them. I had to tell the examiner whether the pictures in the red area were clearer or the green area was clearer with each lens. Each time I answered, she would replace the current lens with another one depending on my answer. Did this quite a few times. After that, she did the same for my left eye. I also had to tell her whether the pictures in the white area were clear or not.
After that phase, I had to read the letters again with the lenses that have been slotted into the weird specs I was wearing. First with my right eye, then with my left eye and it was actually a lot easier to read. Lastly, read the smallest paragraph from this sheet of paper to see whether I needed reading glasses, which I didn't.
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