Wednesday, 17 August 2011

General drivel.

I've just been to have my eyes tested. I need new glasses. £345.00!

Apparently I now require reading glasses, so I have opted for varifocals.(I don't want to carry two pairs around with me.) I thought i was exempt from the eye test charge, due my disability.(I didn't pay last time!), but no, i am £25.00 lighter. The goalposts have been moved, unless you live in Scotland or Wales that is! Then it's free!

One of the criteria on the official form for a free test is if you are blind!

I'm speechless, but not surprised at this stupid country.

13 comments:

Z said...

Blimey, are they set in diamond frames?

You don't have to be actually blind to be registered blind - if you think of degrees of deafness and how a hearing aid can help nearly everyone, it's the same with sight.

© Karelian Blonde said...

Welcome to the middle age and varifocal club! I got there already year and a half ago :)

Dumdad said...

Bloody hell that's expensive! It's much cheaper over here.

john.g. said...

Z, also on the list is if you are on jobseekers allowance!

john.g. said...

KB,are they easy to get used to?

john.g. said...

Dumdad, factor in the cost of me getting over there and back, it's probably the same. Also, my frames were £145.00.

Keith said...

Would you have got a discount if you had your brain tested at the same time?

Just a thought.

Now, where did I put my coat. . . .

ChrisB said...

So when are you moving !!!! Just catching up to see what mischief you've been getting up to x

john.g. said...

Hiya,Chrisb! Moi, mischief?

Pat said...

If you get them also to adjust to light you don't need sunglasses.
Then it's over £400

john.g. said...

Mum2, my old pair were like that, but I haven't bothered this time.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Holy smoke, that's expensive. Even here you can get them cheaper.

Ricardipus said...

They did something similar here recently... adults used to get an optical checkup covered by provincial healthcare once every two years. But now... not so much. Not at all, in fact.

And $345 sounds about right for glasses, given the 1 pound = 1 Canadian $ equivalent buying power rule, which more or less works most of the time.

Sigh.