Tallaght wrote: »
A lot of opticians are franchises and use high pressure sales tactics to get you to buy after you have had an eye test.
Denando wrote: »
You're telling me! I just had my 2-yearly check-up at Specsavers and it was similar to sitting through a timeshare presentation. It took 75 minutes for them to tell me my eyesight had not changed, yet they recommended new glasses on my prescription. Most of the time I was there was allocated to 'just go and browse the frames' even though I had told them up front I would not be buying new frames. I even had to sit through their app showing me the frames I should choose … and it picked pretty much identical ones to those I was wearing. They still asked if I'd like to try them on.
Undervalued wrote: »
Well you could have just left! You have a legal right to a copy of the prescription (but not any PD measurement) so ultimately they can't refuse that or make it condition on listening to their sales patter.
Undervalued wrote: »
Just one further thought, back on the original topic.....
Presumably once they have recorded the PD the patient could force disclosure using a Subject Access Request under the GDPR? That would force them to release all records about the patient, not just the prescription.
Obviously if you are a new patient then they might choose not to record the PD until you have ordered glasses from them but it would have been measured in order to carry out the sight test properly.
50Twuncle wrote: »
I did this - 4 years ago - when I first needed glasses - I paid £35 for an eye test and avoided paying £100+ by using the prescription with Glasses direct - who were offering (as far as I could make out) 2 pairs of IDENTICAL glasses for £30 including lenses !
They fitted perfectly and are still going strongHow to Measure Your PD?Stand 8 in. away from a mirror.
Hold a ruler against your brow.
Close your right eye then align the ruler's 0 mm with the center of your left pupil.
Look straight then close your left eye and open your right eye.
The mm line that lines up to the center of your right pupil is your PD.
fibonarchie wrote: »
But presumably Glasses Direct aren't having to bear the cost of running the shop, buying the equipment, hiring and paying the opticians and support staff, and so on.
It seems wrong to me that the optician does all the work, and then these online companies cream off the profit by getting people who want 'something for nothing' to buy the actual glasses from them instead.
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