Selecting Your Own Contact Lenses My Life 13 APR 2015

As per the norm, I had stretched my last six month contact lenses supply well past its intended duration – in fact, records pointed out that I had last been to the optometrist in something like 18 months or so! So of course, when my current supply of lenses did finally dry up, I had little choice but to call up the optometrist for an obligatory eye test in order to get some new lenses.

Seeing as I’m particularly fond of the Aquity SI contact lenses that Spec-Savers stocks, I made an appointment with Spec-Savers in Somerset Mall, the same optometrist that I used (and was suitably impressed with) the last time I needed some new lenses.

That said, I’m pretty sure that the optometrist now staffing the branch is not the same optometrist that helped me out last time, but regardless, I really do have to highly recommend her. Wonderfully warm, friendly and professional, I was more than pleased with my interaction with her.

(Even more exciting though was the fact that it was a slew of new equipment and tests that awaited me since the last time I had been – always super interesting for someone as curious as what I am!)

Anyway, our first stab at the eye test was interesting enough. For around R450 I was told that for some inexplicable reason my prescription strength appears to have dropped, meaning that my left eye had improved from -5.00 to -4.75, and my right eye improved by a massive jump of -4.75 up to -4.00!

That seemed a bit weird, but the optometrist balanced everything nicely out and gave me a trial pair of lenses to test out this new, weaker prescription. (Also, she couldn’t quite believe the good condition of my eyeballs, considering the length of time that I wear contact lenses – a lot – and the fact that I don’t ever rub clean my lenses!)

Alas, the weaker prescription was quickly revealed to be a lie, because over the next few days of testing them out, I quickly spotted a flaw in our diagnosis – driving was proving a bit tricky now that all the signs were kind of blurry!

So back I went for another test, and this time I sensed that the optometrist was getting a little impatient and confused with all of my ‘uhms’ and ‘ahs’ when it came to deciding between lenses whilst reading the tiny letters (seriously, it is so difficult to decide!), so much so that she eventually gave up and instructed me to twiddle between the various strengths until I arrived at a point where I was happy.

And so I worked out my own prescription (technically).

The new readings: well sadly my left eye is in fact a lot weaker, it is now -5.50 (originally -5.00) whilst my right eye did in fact improve to -4.50 (originally -4.75) .

The good news of course is that there is now no longer any magical, unexplained giant jump in my eyesight, plus of course, after handing over a further R800, I now have new contact lenses for the next sixth months (read: one year).

spec-savers optometrist logo

Bonus: Turns out the optometrist recognises me from walking around Country Mews with Jessica and Emily – as it turns out, her little one year old daughter stays during the day with her mom who also has a place in Country Mews!

Related Link: http://www.specsavers.co.za/store/somerset-mall

About Craig Lotter

Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don’t have time for myself any more.