Wednesday, 28 February 2007

New Glasses

For the past few months I felt that my eye sight was deteriorating and I kept thinking that I can not see as good as I used to, of course many of my good friends told me that it was my age catching up with me, how comforting! I have been watching TV adverts about Specsavers which deal with eye sight tests and glasses for a while now, they always show their 2 for 1 offers on glasses frames which sounds good as here in the UK you have to pay for your eye tests and glasses unless you are on social security. So I called my nearest branch and made an appointment which I attended yesterday morning.
I have never been for an eye test before and was not sure what to expect, as soon as I walk in i am confronted by hundreds of frames, all shapes & sizes, plastic & metal, designer & cheap frames I thought this was so confusing. I had my eye test which lasted about 30 minutes, it includes tests for Glaucoma and eye pressure and was very professionally done and the people working there were very friendly, after the tests were finished it was found out that my eye sight in general is perfect (Alhamdulellah) but I was told I needed reading glasses which I could use while working on computers as well, I agreed to that and so moved on to the next stage where they tell you about their 2 for 1 offer on glasses, this offer only applies to designer glasses that cost upwards of £90, I was told that I need anti glare and anti scratch which cost another £30 then came the step that I really hated, choosing a frame! as I said they have hundreds, I looked at the cheap ones first and they really looked awful and as I wanted 2 pairs, there was no point paying for 2 cheap pairs when I could buy 1 expensive designer pair costing a little more and get another for free, so I moved to the more expensive section and got really confused, frames by Hugo Boss, French Connection, Ralph Lauren, Monsoon and many others! most of the frames looked similar, at the moment the fashion in glasses is the 60s look with rectangular lenses and plastic frames which actually look really good.

There was a member of staff with me to help me choose, at one time I had about 10 pairs in front of me which I tried on, they all looked OK but still had no idea what to choose as I had to choose 2 pairs, I kept thinking maybe I am too old for this style, maybe this style is for more trendy people. Eventually I settled for a RED OR DEAD pair and the other was OSIRIS, the truth is that you are paying more for the name as most of them look similar, after adding up all the extras & the test's fee they managed to take a large chunk of my money and the offer did not sound so good anymore, anyway it needed to be done and now I am looking forward to Friday morning as I will be going to collect my new trendy designer blah blah glasses and I am looking forward to my friends reaction when they see me wearing them (or am I?).

34 comments:

life's cycle said...

hii anglo , first of all congratulations for ur new glasses , and good thing u did that u bought a good expensive one because the cheap one wont last as it can like the expensive one which will last as long as it can be , u reminde me of my mom when i was young and we were in france and mom needed a new glasses so she did they same steps as u did , and i was boring by waiting for her to chose her frame blah blah blah , i think she took more than an hour , and when she finished i was soo happy as it was me who bought the glasses , and she bought a good expencive frame which live until now , sogood for u and enjoy ur new glasses and tell us ur friends reaction , have a good day .

AngloLibyan said...

thank you life's cycle for your nice comment, yes I think I did the right thing, I will inshAllah mention my friends & colleagues reaction, although most of them being Libyan I am not expecting to get away with it easily :o)

A.Adam said...

oh Mabroouk for the new glasses, they will give you a new look let me see it :P.
that is happened to me too lots of confusion which brand of glasses frames I will choose and with the help of my friend I ended up with massimo dutti, I posted a photo time ago.
BTW don't spend lot of time in front of your computer.
waiting for Friday
:)

AngloLibyan said...

thank you a.adam for the advice :o)
I am glad its not only me that gets confused when there is a huge choice.

Hannu said...

Sol refused the notion of aging contributing to his deteriorating sight. He says his arms got shorter, his eyes are still OK. Got it?

Safia speaks said...

New nose, new glasses...next we know, you´re gonna shave your head, too, and then nobody at home is gonna let you in, because they think you are someone else!
;-)

Trabilsia said...

Welcome to the club !

Getting your first pair of spectacles is an experience one never forgets !
My main focus was that I wanted to read and was fed with the headaches as soon as I wore them the throbbing headaches automatically stopped. Something which I was very thankful for.

I got the nickname Haja sice wearing them. Have fun with the new look and give us feed back please.
Have a lovely day !

MaySoon said...

Anglo, Mabrook for the glasses, all the red or dead look nice!
last summer I got those sun glasses and it took me forever to choose'em.. yalla tbyed bel hni

AngloLibyan said...

things are getting further away from him due to his arms getting shorter!!
Yeah sure! :o)
thanks hannu, good to have you back.

thats what I was thinking Safia :o)
actually I cut my hair very short but not shaved just yet.

Trabilsia, im hoping for the same t happen to me, as what my friends would say, I am not sure??

Thanks Maysoon, it was a difficult task and I keep thinking that I chose the wrong frames! one of them is picturd in my post.

Safia speaks said...

BTW, there is an alternative to spectacles and glasses: my neighbour is a 93 year old lady who recently underwent a laser correction operation. Now she can read anything without glasses and she still has her driver´s licence. Head and neck excercises (rolling your head) also can keep the eyes in a better shape.
Alhamdulillah I´ve never needed glasses, and personally I´m gonna fight them all the way...

AngloLibyan said...

Safia, my eye sight is not that bad YET, the laser correction operation is very expensive in this country and is usually done by people that wear glasses permenantly but I know people that had it and they are very happy.

DaMoon said...

7ata ane 3amicho, but I don't wear my glasses all da time only when i am reading or watching TV, I tried to get contacts laken da doctors said my prob needs an outer lense...:( galo 3ndi en7iraf fe elgaraniya so da light needs to etjama3 in an outter glass...sigh! i am soo mo3awaga, tooth problem, baby toe problem, tummy problem, eye problem! blood problem!!!!! oh wow I really am...I think I need to write my wasiiya...my mom can keep my car, my cousin can keep my cloths, humm, hadda rasi mali! sigh!

Anonymous said...

sakimonk-Libyan kid Yusef's lego stop motion work on youtube
bounty hunter episodes I, II, &III

AngloLibyan said...

Allah ye7fdek DaMoon, now you got me writing like you, I am getting used to reading your special Anglo/Libyan! language and I am liking it :o)
May Allah protect you from all illnesses and gives you a long happy life.

AngloLibyan said...

anonymous, I did not understand a word!! but thank you anyway!

Anonymous said...

sorry anglo -
i just wanted to advertise
the wonderful work a libyan kid did on youtube, which based on stop motion animation
i tried putting a tag to it but it did not work
his nickname is sakimonk
and if you go to youtube and search this you will get all his
work
bounty hunter has 3 episodes the last is the best
give him a rating if you or your kids like to:-)
btw mabrook the specs
3ugbal al contact lenses ! lol

AngloLibyan said...

anonymous, i did go there already after searching sakimonk and I did see his work, very good, well done to him and thanks for the information.

Ema said...

Congrats for the new glasses, i went through the glasses dilemma once when i was about to buy mine, and by the way i dont use them anymore, dunno why, maybe cause they were only for reading.

AngloLibyan said...

thanks Ema, I might do that if I dont like them :o)

Anonymous said...

Good piece Anglo,

Also, I like to thank Maysoon and Damoon for their inspirational comments, lol,
yalla tbyed bel hni, and 7ata ane 3amicho, lol, thanks for reminding me of our dialect lol
Cofman

AngloLibyan said...

Thank you cofman

Highlander said...

Welcome to the club my dear AngloLibyan, money is never wasted on good quality . I can hardly wait for the update on your friends' reaction :P

I've been wearing my Valentino's for the last 10 years ...and they still look brand new.

AngloLibyan said...

thank you highlander, I must admit I am very impressed by my new 2 pairs of glasses, I have had good reaction and I have been called things that I can not possibly mention here by others :o)

dania2004 said...

i once pretended to have a problem of vision just to have those trendy pairs but my efforts didn`t convice the expert ophthalmologist who adviced me to thank god for my perfect vision and enjoy it while it lasts..!!!

mabrouk the glasses ..

Um Dania

AngloLibyan said...

thank you Um Dania , good to have you back.

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