Monday, October 12, 2009


Those who have been following my eyeglasses/contacts saga are going to love this...

Now I don't have either glasses or contacts.

Yeah, so last week I had my contacts follow up... I thought I was having some trouble with them, but the doctor told me I was seeing perfectly and that he just thought they were irritating me. He told me I'd either have to get try to get used to them or maybe I'm just one of those people who'll never like wearing contacts. He told me to try to wear them for another week. Meanwhile I also had a complaint about my glasses... I could see fairly well out of them, but my left eye kept getting this strained ache in it whenever I wore them. I figured that couldn't be right. So I mentioned this last week and the doctor told me to make an appointment to have it looked at this Monday, because that's when he'd be there again (I went to America's Best (ahem worst), by the way). He never mentioned once anything about having to see him for the contacts again. He said they were sitting on the eyes right and I was seeing 20/20 out of them. What else is there to say? Shouldn't the rest be up to me whether I can get used to them and want to keep wearing them?

Anyway, I went back today for the glasses problem, and had a different doctor than the last time so he didn't know anything about what went on with the contacts, and I didn't know there was any further problem so I didn't mention it. The prescription for my left lens was changed, so I handed over both my pairs of glasses to be remade, thinking that I'd be able to wear my contacts during the week that that would take. Well at least one of my contacts is a 2 week disposable (the right one for my astigmatism is a monthly one) , and it had been 2 weeks, so I approached them about buying a box, and I was told that the doctor didn't sign off on the contacts follow up so I couldn't be sold any contacts. Trying to explain that the doctor never mentioned me having to see him again for the contacts didn't do any good. The only thing that could be done was to order another trial pair (another week to go by) and then have another follow up (another week later). So I'm sure I was red faced with anger as I said fine and stormed out. I'm pretty calm most of the time, but I'm reaching my limit with this place. I've already decided that once I finally get this all sorted out, I'm never going back there again.

I guess you get what you pay for, as the saying goes. And they're not even really as cheap as they advertise anyway, not if your glasses are anything other than basic single vision lenses. Oh, my right eye has an astigmatism... no longer am I eligible for the 2 pairs for 69.99. No, then I have to pay almost $300. None of which you know, until you are being asked to pay. I didn't even know I had an astigmatism before that. Oh and they say that you can get contacts for as low as $12.49 a box (or something close to that) but what they don't tell you is that to get that price, you have to buy a year's worth of boxes at once, which ends up being at least $100 or more depending on you type/brand of contacts.

So I'll have to squint and suffer through headaches for the next week. Hopefully this will be the last time I have to see the doctor again. This is getting so ridiculous. And you see a different doctor every time you go in there, so they never know what the other did, and you end up having to explain everything 100 times.

*end of rant*


Fallen and Lost said...

Oh dear Rebecca, I´m so sorry to hear about all your trouble with the contact lenses and the glasses. It seems to be very difficult to get the right one.. and the prices are really very expensive. I keep my fingers crossed the problem will solved very, very soon!

ElvenstarArt said...

Thanks, Bianca! It shouldn't be this difficult to get it right. :(