Here it is, the long-awaited review of my local Specsavers store! If you’re anything like me, going to see any sort of health professional gives you the heebie-jeebies, but I’m pleased to say that I walked away unscathed from my recent experience with Specsavers.
(Barely. No, I’m just kidding, they were great.)
From the minute I stepped into the brightly-lit store, I was warmly welcomed by the staff who were only too happy to come to my assistance. The place has a sophisticated, modern decor and everything was thankfully very clean (which is really important to me when it comes to things regarding my health) and the staff are pleasant, well-trained and seemed to have answers to every curve ball I’d throw at them! (How new is the technology that’s being used here today? How does the prescription for my astigmatism work? Can you hold my bag while I take a million selfies? Or actually I think I asked Daniel that last question..)
In fact, the only bad part of the entire process was the dreaded eye-puff test. I had actually been putting off using the voucher for the free glasses that I received from Specsavers (in return for the review) because of the eye puffy thingy. It’s kind of stupid because as an avid wearer of glasses, I get this test done all the time when I eventually get my prescription checked, and it doesn’t ever hurt, but it’s still SCARY and I’m, like, four. This is when the staff’s infinite kindness and patience really won them brownie points as I descended into nervous-giggling hysterics resembling those of a 14-year-old girl seeing Justin Beiber for the first time. We tried about three times before we got it right.
POOF! It was done. That wasn’t so bad! And then I realised that I have two eyes and the machine must have seen the look of despair in my eyes and POOFed me before I had a chance to descend back into hysteria.
The rest of the test was decidedly less scary, though. I had an awesome optometrist who was very friendly and even gave me a giggle or two.
This was my optometrist. He is a seriously lovely guy and sanitized all the equipment before I used it, including his hands, which was simply fantastic! He was even the first optometrist to tell me that my prescription had moved down in one eye instead of up, which was a huge bonus for me; what with my paranoia about going blind by the age of thirty with the rate my prescription has been changing over the last few years.
The best part? The entire session is bulk-billed, which means no out-of-pocket expense.
With all that stuff over and done with and my prescription on file, now came the part I was most looking forwards to–shopping!
Specsavers has a huge range of in-house designs from $39, and I took many, many selfies of potential frames, despite odd looks from other customers wandering the floors with me. An awesome touch I have to mention–the Specsavers staff offered the use of their iPad for me to take the selfies and email to myself. I had brought my camera with me for this exact purpose but for people who aren’t so prepared, this is a fantastic service and one of which you should definitely take advantage!
I spent an hour perusing the styles at Specsavers (much to the displeasure of the boy who accompanied me.. thanks, Danny!). There were so many to choose from! The designer section took up most of my time as usually I would never consider designer options for myself because of usually high price tags, but I found their designer options surprisingly affordable. I went home with the photos, reviewed them with family members, loved ones, and the dog, and even visited other stores just in case there were styles I was missing and I finally made a choice a few weeks later.
I was so excited to take my pack home and toss out my old frames. (For those who are wondering, the voucher and pamplets were sent to me via mail from Specsavers’ lovely PR manager from the beginning, but I decided to include them in the photo anyways.) After booking my personalized fitting, where they adjusted the glasses to the dimensions of my face and ears, I was finally able to wear my new glasses home (One of the pairs, anyways. I didn’t actually wear two pairs of glasses home).
Anyways, both of my glasses came with their own glasses case and a lens cleaner (which does a much better job of cleaning my glasses than my breath and the corner of my t-shirt does).
..And here they are!
It’s hard to pick a favorite because I wear them both for different occasions and never really one more than the other. The Alex Perry frames are a matte black metal frame with gold detailing that remind me of little flecks of feathers or pebbles, and I often wear them to work and they always make me feel a million bucks. But they’re heavier than the plastic frames, so I wear the Collette Dinnigan ones if I’m going for comfort and a more gentle look.
I actually had to go to a different store before I found these on the stands, and I’m so pleased that I did! The detailing on the corners and arms is a really lovely, subtle touch that gives me just enough frou frou to still feel fancy when I wear them out. Of course, these tortoiseshell frames are a bit less jarring against my pale skin as well, which is important to me since they’re thicker than the Alex Perrys. The only downside is that as someone who isn’t used to wearing plastic glasses which don’t have nose pads, the plastic bridge keeps getting greased up by my big ol’ nose and sliding down my face.
Does anyone have a solution to that, yet?
Anyways, that was my official review of my time spent at Specsavers–Although the products were provided to me in return for the reviews, I was not paid for my words and all opinions stated here are my own. I was very pleased with the quality and service of the products, and would definitely shop there again. I definitely consider them on the higher-end of budget eyewear, but their continual offers make them a worthwhile shop if you’re on a tight budget but need a new pair of glasses.