I need new glasses.
I have needed new glasses for a while. These are four years old and my eyes have been deteriorating slowly but steadily over that time. And now I need new ones, for I hear the world it pretty when it's in sharp focus.
Now, I've had my eye-test, I have a prescription and it's all good. I even tried on glasses in the opticians and found a pair I like. These will cost me £162.00 for lenses and frames. Which is about average for glasses, and it's not a big deal, I can use my birthday present for them.
Except now I've seen the alternative. I went on to Glasses Direct
and found an approximately similar pair that I liked, for £25. Which is - well, it's £25. Even if they don't look perfect it's still worth a try, right?
I have an astigmatism and require prisms in my glasses. And for Glasses Direct to put the prisms in, they need my pupillary distance, and they need it exact. And this is where the problem is:
My Opticians (Walker and Campbell) refuse to give me the pupillary distance. They say it's because they measure it for each pair of glasses, but that's rubbish; I can tell from their well-practised line:
we don't give out pupillary distances
. Not 'don't measure/record', don't give out
. They are deliberately retaining information about my body from me, and that makes me angry. Especially angry when the 'we measure it for each pair' is likely not true, as GD say that they can measure it if I send them a pair of old glasses, so it's not exactly unique for each pair. So the only reason W&C have to keep the information is to ensure I don't go anywhere else.
Well, fuck that. That kind of shit is just making me more likely to go to the cheap online place (who, incidentally, have excellent customer service). Usually I'm all about supporting my local business - this is, after all, why I go to my home village to find a local opticians to
support - but when there's over £100 at stake, and they're deliberately withholding information from me about my own body - fuck that
shit. If I can't find a spare pair of glasses, I'm going to Specsavers just to spite them.