I had the day off today, and it was a day of appointments, the dentist in the morning, and the optician in the afternoon.
The dentist I saw last time (who was excellent) has gone back to Greece, but I made an appointment to see a colleague in the same practice (who also turned out to be great). I explained that I didn’t fancy a denture, and what were my options? Looking at the gap – which although it was 2 teeth, is quite small – she said an implant would be the best bet, although expensive.
I then mentioned the progressive problem with my bite. I used to have a very good bite with my incisors, but over the last 10 years, my teeth have stopped coming together properly at the front. I asked if it could be anything to do with my nightly use of a CPAP mask, which although light, does put pressure on my mouth. The dentist said that was possible, but it could be any number of other factors.
The result of this is that I am being referred to an orthodontist, and am facing the prospect of wearing braces at the age of 51 (and not the red stripey Gorden Gecko ones, either). Furthermore, the implant is on hold, as the dentist said that it might be possible to close my gap up at the same time.
So all in all, a good result.
In the afternoon, I went to Boots Opticians, who I have used many times before, and have always been happy with. I thought this would be the easy part of the day.
The eye test went really well. I’d made the appointment more because my main glasses are falling apart than any problems with my eyesight. It seems that it has been 6 years since my last test, but my short-sightedness is no worse, and my close up vision (reading) is only slightly worse.
So everything was good so far. My problem came in trying to find a pair of glasses. All of the frames they had for men were titchy little “designer” frames, which – even if they didn’t look daft on me – are no good for varifocals. Other than that, there was no choice.
When I last had my eyes tested, I actually came away with two pairs. The more expensive frames had standard lenses in them, and the cheaper frames were varifocal. As it happens, I got on great with the varifocals from day 1, so the expensive frames have hardly been used. They are a Boots own-brand frame, purchased from the very same opticians, so presumably a standard lens for them.
But when I suggested getting a pair of Varifocal lenses fitted to them instead, I was told there would be a 25 pound charge for doing so, above and beyond the cost of the lenses. I was told this is because I wanted to “use your own frames”. I pointed out that they were Boots frames, and if I was asking them – as my optician – to replace a broken lens, would they be charging me 25 pounds on top of the lens cost?
The answer to this, apparently, is no, so I feel this is a bit of a rip-off, especially since they are metal frames and fitting a lens is a matter of wielding a screwdriver. So I left Boots with no new glasses, and my prescription in hand, and I am going to have a go at ordering online.