Is anyone else half blind without glasses, or is it just me?
Iím telling you, I just canít see a thing any more. Iíve
been using contact lenses Ė but I finally decided I am tired
of fooling with poking my cold finger in my eye every morning.
Iím not a candidate for the new lasik surgery, so I decided
to get out of contacts and go back to bifocals. They make them
without lines, so you canít tell they are bifocals and old
coots donít look quite so much like old coots, at least we
I was past due for my eye check-up anyhow. My doctor has this
thing going where he refuses to refill your disposable contact
lens order unless you come in for an annual eye exam. But last
time I went the contact company had a two-for-one deal of their
own, so I got an extra large supply.
Anyhow, I went for my eye exam, and afterwards the doctor
conveniently tired to hard sell me eyewear in his office by
making me listen to a technicianís sales pitch. Finally, I
just said, "I want my prescription." I found out later
that if you ask for your prescription, they have to give it to
you. Itís the law. Doctors need to stick to doctoring, in my
opinion, and stay out of the eyewear business.
My eyes were dilated and I couldnít find the door of the
doctorís office Ė much less pick out glasses! I figured Iíd
probably be able to get a better deal by shopping around for
glasses. Eyewear has become a high fashion business and a highly
I asked my friends, but everyone had a different opinion of
the best place to get glasses. Finally, I called around and
found a store with a "buy one, get one free" deal,
which is what I wanted since I have a tendency to forget where I
left my glasses and an extra pair helps me avoid panic.
The latest fashion seems to be the frameless style, so thatís
what I wanted Ė no expensive designer frames for me.
Naturally, when I asked about "no frames" they led me
to a "special" collection, which was special mostly
because the glasses in that group cost too much. But I wanted
them. Why get something you donít want, I reasoned to myself.
Who knows whether you are getting a good deal or not, though,
by the time they finish adding on all the extras you want like
anti-glare, anti-scratch, and shatter-proof lenses Ė not to
even mention the extra charge for bifocals. By the time the
sales person finished adding it all up, the calculator was
They did give me a second pair free, however, not the
expensive frameless ones, of course, but some from a different
"special" collection. This collection was
"special" because the glasses were all cheap. I didnít
care. I picked out a nice pair with spring hinges and once again
the sales person used the red-hot calculator to add on the
extras which made the free pair not exactly free.
I was beginning to think I might as well have bought the
over-priced glasses from my greedy eye doc Ė who will soon be
my ex eye doctor as Iíve decided to change. Doctors and
medical specialists are a dime a dozen in this town. The
consumer always wins because we have the option to take our
business elsewhere. Will they never learn?
How do I like my glasses? Well, to tell the truth, I donít
have any. Seems the frameless ones could not be made on the spot
in an hour and had to be done elsewhere. That figures. I will
supposedly get them in a week to 10 days if nothing goes wrong.
But what could possibly go wrong?
I donít know why I have this nagging feeling that I might
be writing this story before itís over.
Copyright 2004 Sheila Moss