Say, Can You See?

glassesIs anyone else half blind without glasses, or is it just me? I’m telling you, I just can’t see a thing any more. I’ve been using contact lenses – but I finally decided I am tired of fooling with poking my cold finger in my eye every morning.

I’m not a candidate for lasik surgery, so I decided to get out of contacts and go back to bifocals. They make them without lines, so you can’t tell they are bifocals and old coots don’t look quite so much like old coots, at least we hope not.

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 technician’s 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. It’s the law. Doctors need to stick to doctoring, in my opinion, and stay out of the eyewear business.

My eyes were dilated and I couldn’t find the door of the doctor’s office – much less pick out glasses! I figured I’d probably be able to get a better deal by shopping around for glasses. Eyewear has become a high fashion business and a highly competitive industry.

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 that’s what I wanted – 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 don’t 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 – not to even mention the extra charge for bifocals. By the time the sales person finished adding it all up, the calculator was smoking.

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 didn’t 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 – who will soon be my ex eye doctor as I’ve 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 don’t 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 don’t know why I have this nagging feeling that I might be writing this story before it’s over.



Do you wear glasses or contacts? Do you get them from your doctor or some place else?

About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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6 Responses to Say, Can You See?

  1. I took a chance and ordered glasses from online and they worked out (and very cheap). But I have a very low prescription and imagine it’s easier to do glasses that way? Not sure how it would work out with a higher prescription.

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  2. It was America’s Best, wasn’t it?


  3. I bounce between my doc (never cheap) and LensCrafters (where you can get the occasion deal….maybe). You have to be on your toes. My first visit to LC they “automatically” added $35 for insurance. I’ve never broken a pair of glasses in my life (and I was playing volleyball then). My step kids get theirs on-line and they love them. Then again, their prescriptions are simpler and they don’t get fancy stuff (or unneeded insurance). I’d love to hear good tips from a professional on how not feel taken. My girlfriend goes to the old guy with her eye doc and he tells her she doesn’t need all that stuff (coatings, etc.). Her last glasses cost $250 compared to my $600.

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  4. energywriter says:

    So relatable! I’ve had eye care since I was 10. Glasses until I was 23, then contacts until I got cataracts. Had those corrected for distance vision, now just wear reading glasses. Still a pain in the backside but better than all the time. I get my glasses from the eye doctor, just don’t quite trust Costco.

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