by Jamie Bartlett

"If you've been hillwalking before, you may have experienced a 'false summit'. As you approach what you think is the top of the hill, the real summit is still further to go."

 

 

THE FIRST TEST

Every two years, the NHS recommend you have an eye examination.

Lasting between 20 and 40 minutes, regular eye tests are vital for assessing your vision. They're also handy for the detection and prevention of eye conditions. We suggest you go.

After your eye test, your now ready for your second, unseen test.

You’re halfway there.



THE SECOND TEST

Eyes tested, you are led into the sales arena; the shop floor.

Rows and rows of eyewear. So many shelves, so many prices.

At this point, it makes sense to buy a new pair of glasses, but choosing is very difficult when faced with so much choice. Furthermore, you wouldn't want to upset the sales assistant.

A sense of crippling awkwardness overwhelms you.

Suddenly your eye test seems much easier.



 

 

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UNSURE?


Whilst this is a good opportunity for you to buy new glasses, it can be difficult to say no when you aren't sure what you want.

It's natural to feel obligated to buy a new pair of glasses, especially when someone has just tested your eyes. The truth is, you don't have to buy anything you don't want to.

If you are happy with the frame you've got, why buy a new one?

Alternatively, you can have your new prescription fitted to an old frame.


 

     

     

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    SOME TIPS


    By law, you are entitled to a physical record of your prescription in the UK [1].

    Equipped with your paper prescription, you can walk away, free to buy your new glasses wherever you please. Needless to say, this isn't what the optician will encourage.Here's some tips to make things less awkward when obtaining your prescription.

    - Eh, it's the law.

    - My doctor wants a copy.

    - I might be moving home soon.

    - My employer wants a copy.

    - I want to buy UK made glasses


     

       

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      Jamie Bartlett
      Jamie Bartlett

      Co-founder of Banton Frameworks.



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