allo, I had an ordeal yesterday! I left the optician`s in tears.
I went for a check,as I felt I could need new reading specs.
After answering all the questions and signing a form, I was taken to do the puff in your eye and the field of vision tests. I couldnt get anywhere near the required position to do the tests.
So then I was taken into the room for the full tests. The chap was nice and friendly and asked the usual question.
Can you get out of your wheelchair? No, I need a hoist I replied. Ok.
So getting up to the machines was impossible. Too high, to much to one side and the desk didnt have enough leeway.
So I moved the control arm back and sideways…it does that fine. I was asked to lean forward…I cant…I have no core strength and asked for a cushion.
He brought one.,…chuffin
I held my breath for a few seconds and he pulled the cushion out and I flopped back…quite breathless!
I still wasnt exactly where I needed to be. he asked if the chair could be moved manually and he would wriggle it in…hmm?
He asked if I could get out of the chair, again…I said no…for chuff sake, eh? He looked puzzled and asked how I got into it if I couldnt get out. I repeated the word HOIST! Stupid man! I`d educated an educated man!
He asked if he could remove my leg rests, which he did and then my foot got stuck by the wheel!
I suggested my carer come in to assist. He said he didnt need her. Well I bloody did!
He completed the test and I was pointed put into the sales area.
I chose frames from the £69.99 range and was told they wouldnt be suitable for my needs. Eh? Why? I asked. I was then subject to a load of babbling optician speak.
The final cost for new specs was £159…WTF???
I said I
d got too tried and bamboozled to make a purchase. I needed to think. Then I was called to take the 2 tests Id been unable to make earlier on. No, no no no more! I told my carer to tell them I`d had enough and was leaving, which I did.
ve been expecting them to call, but they havent. And Im not going back, to be shoved and faffed with either!
Anyone used The Outside Clinic?