A few weeks back, we had a discussion about diplopia (Double Vision), prism lenses, bi- versus vari-focals and the pros and cons of going to a chain optician.
Back then, I was having a problem with $pec$avers home visit service. I had contacted them at the end of May, had a test in July, waited almost a month for the glasses, which were wildly wrong on delivery. A retest in September (by the boss of the local franchise) produced a radically different prescription to the first test, and three weeks later the “new” glasses arrived - and were wrong again! I got a refund in mid October, and set about finding an optician who was accessible by me (within 100 yards from a disabled car park, and on the level). I found one about six miles away (their local branch is too far from the car-park).
I had a test on the 4th of this month. It was a really thorough test, and my diplopia was checked very carefully. Surprise, surprise, the prescription is different again, including a variation on the prisms that I had been told was not possible to get. I ordered some new glasses, and picked them up today. I drove home at night, and I wear them now.
The price was much more than $$, but they work! After the holiday I intend to get another pair of frames re-glazed as sunglasses.
What disturbs me is the thought that there are some optometrists out there who half do the job, and a few housebound OAPs who accept that their “new” glasses are correct because they do not have the knowledge to challenge what they have been told. Quality is always good value, but rubbish is rubbish at any price, and no amount of special offers can change this.