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Eye Tests

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by Fearless36, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Not universal luckily, problem with eye tests is that its actually a fair bit of guesswork. But many shops I have gone to have made small changes but didn’t recommend change when it’s small unless I wanted a style change

    but you can easily go to multiple shops and get different prescriptions. It’s a good reason to try and stick with same person I have found
     
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Hubby always insists on Oakley lenses which VE do stock.. I just get the cheapies..(still expensive of course).
     
  3. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I can’t have Oakley as my astigmatism exceeds 3 in one eye which is hugely disappointing as they do the best for sunglasses in my opinion.

    The optician was able to go to a different supplier for more custom mirrored wrap around style in Oakley frames though. I do like me mirrored lenses! But I miss all the amazing Oakley colours

    The astigmatism also means needing thinner, plus I need anti reflect and I want xtra active and now am in varifocals, so it adds up. Even before adding the darn frames

    but I like wearing glasses and I like changing my look every year, cause I’m odd!

    I do know the markup of lenses is massive. If I didn’t have a concern on my prescription I’d buy online
     
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  4. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    I just had a specsavers eye test. They told me 2 yearly were free as a diabetic (unless the optician says more often). It used to be annual. I’m pretty sure your branch have it wrong. I remember checking the criteria afterwards as I thought it was still annual and hadn’t expected to pay. Although my prescription had changed it wasn’t enough to recommend new glasses or else the test would have been free! So much for specsavers trying to force you to buy new glasses. I actually said I wanted new ones but no dice.

    The retinopathy check is annual and totally separate, and free on the nhs.
     
  5. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    Regular eye tests are free Ives used both specsavers and vision express without charge just pay for my glasses
     
  6. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    As others have indicated on the thread, free every other year unless you are advised more regular via the optician. This has changed, it used to be yearly
     
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  7. HSSS

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    This was my experience too last summer, with an unexpected bill as a result. Previously annually was free
     
  8. Plumbaphil

    Plumbaphil · Newbie

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    Spot on assessment of specs avers. Even before my diagnosis I used them once and never again. Salespeople first, opticians second
     
  9. Dr Snoddy

    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Eight years ago I went to Specsavers as my vision had deteriorated rapidly. I explained my concerns, had my eyes tested and left with a pair of glasses for which I paid. A couple of months later I was diagnosed with Type 2. At no point did the optician realise that my vision had deteriorated markedly in a matter of weeks and that this could be an indicator!
    I now have a useless pair of glasses.
     
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    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would definitely recommend an independent optician so has his own reputation to uphold and can build up a knowledge of their customer.Mine has recommended seeing my GP about a spot on my nose which proved to be a skin cancer.Also when I had distorted vision contacted my GP who sent me to the hospital for a check to.see if I had had a mini stroke .I get a very thorough examination and reasonably priced glasses
    Carol
     
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  11. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been going to Specsavers for years and never had a problem, they seem very thorough and I have never been pressured into having new glasses. It is worth noting that Specsavers is a franchise and they employ over 3,500 opticians so experiences will differ. Similarly recommending using a local optician is not much help unless you state which one as no doubt they vary.
     
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  12. JeanetteM1

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    I’m getting a diabetic retinal examination at the hospital in the morning
     
  13. JeanetteM1

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    I’ve just had my eyes tested at specsavers but it’s not diabetic testing of the retina
     
  14. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Exactly, this thread is about sight tests not diabetic retinopathy scans.
     
  15. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have Glaucoma, and in fact had that for several years before diabetes. My examinations are always annually with an invite to attend, and were always free. Before diagnosis of glaucoma I also had free yearly examinations due to having two relatives with the condition.
     
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