Eye test - with no sales afterwards ?



Any pointers on where to go for a eye test with a prescription without the hassle of dealing with the sales people afterwards ? 

I know I can have the test and ask for the prescription but I am not great with confrontation , the  last time ( a few years ago ) spent over £200 on glasses even though according to the prescription wasnt really needed and never used . 

Just looking to get a prescription and then order online if needed .

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  • 43722
    43722 Posts: 222
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    I have done this at Asda in the past. 
  • Brookside88
    Brookside88 Posts: 338
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    book an appointment for 2.30pm and afterwards when they ask if you'd like to try some frames say "i'm so sorry, i've got to go and pick the kids up from school, i'll pop back another time"
  • Lorian
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    edited 13 February at 1:11PM
    I've done this at most high street stores even when using a free test voucher. Boots and Vision express particularly don't push for a sale in my experience.  Just tell them you'll come back with a friend to look at frames or something.

    You won't get your PD out of then on the prescription but if you are careful you can measure that. Or have the PD measured off existing lenses.
  • lisyloo
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    I'd suggest Asda and don't go to vision express.
    I normally say, I'm on a lunch hour and will return to buy glasses.
  • Emmia
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    edited 13 February at 9:26PM
    I currently use Cubitts for my eye tests (and previously David Clulow), never had a hard sell for glasses afterwards.

    My most recent Cubitts prescription had a pupillary distance listed.

    Specsavers on the other hand... Massive hard sell, didn't go back.
  • Chloe_G
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    I think Specsavers and Vision Express are franchises and so will vary.  I went our local Vision Express once and the hard sell was ridiculous.  I could never go back there now.
  • Undervalued
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    shahpur said:


    Any pointers on where to go for a eye test with a prescription without the hassle of dealing with the sales people afterwards ? 

    I know I can have the test and ask for the prescription but I am not great with confrontation , the  last time ( a few years ago ) spent over £200 on glasses even though according to the prescription wasnt really needed and never used . 

    Just looking to get a prescription and then order online if needed .
    You have a legal right to be given a copy of your prescription to take where you please. It does not have to give your PD (distance between your eyes) as that is considered to be part of the dispensing process rather than part of the eye test. However, unless you have had a major head injury that won't change in adulthood.

    As others have indicated, how much they will try and sell will vary from practice to practice even within the same chain. Once the test is completed, simply make it clear that you are not intending to buy from them and don't engage further. If they persist threaten to report them to the General Optical Council.

    Nobody can give you a guarantee that Firm A will be fine and Firm B won't i'm afraid.
  • shahpur
    shahpur Posts: 69
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    Thanks for all the comments , will try to book in a walk in while in asda and make excuses about being on my lunch break ,

    thanks again 
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