Three months ago, I had an eye exam and received a prescription for new glasses. It had been nearly 4 years since my last eye exam, so I was not surprised the time had come for a change. I usually take my prescription to Lenscrafters in the mall and get my new glasses in an hour at a reasonable price. This year, there's a new optician office in town, a national chain with only two branches in Maine advertising special prices on glasses and sunglasses, far below what I am accustomed to paying.
Being retired and living on a fixed income, I decided to give the new guys a try. I gave them my prescription, selected frames to my liking and was told that in 3 hours I could come back and pick up my new glasses with the progressive lenses (the bifocals that don't have a visible line between the distance and close up vision areas) and a pair of prescription sunglasses for the affordable price of $198.00. What a deal! Three years ago I paid more than that just for 1 pair of glasses with the progressive lenses!
For you young 'uns out there....your day is coming. Soon after age 40 you're going to need bifocals or reading glasses. The great thing about progressive lenses is because that line of demarcation is invisible, no one needs to know you are old enough to need bifocals--especially, if like me,
Actually, I was skeptical that such a bargain price would get me quality eyewear; I kept waiting for
I returned to the off-price opticians', determined they would either fix them or replace them! When my turn to be served came up ("There's a sign in sheet on the counter."), I marched up to that counter ready to give that guy what for!
Me: My glasses are totally screwed up, and I've only had them 2 months! (I hand the man the beat-up, bent bifocals with disgust.)
Clerk: (after skeptically scanning said spectacles) I'm sorry, but we can't adjust glasses that we didn't sell.
Me: (becoming indignant) But you did sell me these.
Clerk: (once again giving the goggles a gander) Are you sure you purchased those here? Because if you didn't and they break during adjustment, we won't have replacement frames here.
Me: You certainly do have replacements here! I bought these here 2 months ago; I paid $198.00 for these and a pair of prescription sunglasses.
Clerk: I'm taking your word for it, now. I'll see what I can do.
He heated the bow or side piece, re-shaped it and gave the glasses back to me to try on.
Me: Oh, that's much better! Thank you. (Rather abruptly, since he implied that I was lying about my lenses)
When I returned to the car and related the experience to Mr. Eva, he asked, "Are you sure those are your new glasses and not the old ones?"
"Of course, they're my new glasses. I know the difference. These are smaller than my old ones!" I retorted with disgust. Not only did the nitwit behind the counter doubt me, but now my husband was doubting me, too, adding insult to injury!
"It's just that the lenses are looking a little darker, and your new ones don't have transitional lenses,"
reminded Mr. Eva.
"The lenses are not darker, and I know these are my new glasses. I just can't believe they're already wearing out. You get what you pay for, I guess."
Twenty minutes later, we were home, and I sat in my recliner. There was a pair of glasses on the mini-table between my recliner and Mr. Eva's. I picked them up and looked at them; yep, they were my new glasses. My old ones I'd bought 4 years ago at Lenscrafters were nicely adjusted and sitting on my nose! Egg on my face, much? Now I have to go back and apologize to the nice clerk who was so helpful, despite my bitchiness! (Not to mention I have to hear the "I told you so's" from Mr. Eva!)