One of these things is not like the other

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A reader tells the story about their eye test and glasses experience.

Let me tell you a story.

Turns out my eyes aren’t what they used to be. It was like  a switch was flicked after 40 and my eyes suddenly didn’t work like they used to. I was having headaches and couldn’t read things like I used to.

I couldn’t put it off any longer so went and got my eyes tested…turns out that yes my eyes were rooted…I needed reading glasses..but the lost was very mild and the same in both eyes. I was happy to have my eyes checked out professionally…just to make sure I didn’t have anything major wrong with them…but…

Money was an issue so I asked for the cheapest possible solution particularly since I would only be wearing them at night and in bed.

I selected the cheapest frames on special, and paid what I had to pay for the lenses…walking out of the optometrist with my wallet throughly picked clean and $400 lighter. These were “granny glasses” and even thinking about wearing them put me off.

Months later a friend a work told me I should have got some from The Warehouse for $9.99. I scoffed at this found it hard to beleive that they would be suitable.

Guess what…the lowest possible strength of reading glasses at The Warehouse was not only perfect, it was better than the $400 pair…it even looked better (at right).

Given that the loss to my eyesight was so minor and that an off the rack $9.99  pair of the lowest strength glasses from The Warehouse worked perfectly do you think that the optometrist acted ethically?

Or should they have whispered in my  ear that I should pop down to the chemist or Warehouse and save myself some money? I had no issue with paying for the test and checking the health of my eyes…and if one eye had been different from the other then I could understand their solution.

The problem is I feel a bit brown bread about it all now. Am I being unreasonable?


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