Reading up on the various stories about glasses reminded me of a time when I went to a world of glasses several years ago.
They had a sale going on where you buy one pair of glasses and you get another pair half off. My mother and I thought that was a good idea for me to get two so I could switch them around whenever I wanted.
So we made an appointment, and on a nice sunny day it all went to hell. We walk in and we are the only customers there, so it wasn't a long wait at all to get me in. The lady then proceeded to exam my eyes, and asked me if I was having any problems. I answered no but that I was colorblind.
I just like to tell them that in case they use a color chart instead of the standard black and white. Anyways, after she ran the tests she proceeded to tell my mom that I had a horrible disease that if I wasn't rushed to her specialist I would go blind in a matter of days!
We both were scared witless of course because I had been totally healthy for months. Well she then got all suspicious acting when my mom started to ask how much the specialist was going to charge to see me. At first she wouldn't answer and just kept on insisting that the disease (I'm terribly sorry for not remembering exactly what it was called. It has been years, lol) was so bad that my eyes were in danger.
However, we have a budget and can't just shell out money all willy nilly like. In fact we had saved up for months just so I could get the pair of glasses. Finally with reluctance the woman said that the guy was going to charge way out of our budget range.
Zomg! That's expensive! I was already paying well over a hundred dollars for the glasses, and then she wanted us to go to some guy for thousands more? Now don't get me wrong I take my health very seriously, but when someone is talking all shifty when you're asking questions then 2+2 is whatever you want it to be.
Well we needed time to gather up that kind of cash since my insurance dropped me like a rock, but at least I would have new glasses the next day. Fast forward to the next day of sunshine and I walk in to get my pair of glasses. I put them on and instantly take them off! Everything was so warped that I had to force myself not to puke right then and there. The woman at the desk who measured my eyes refused to listen to anything I had to say about there being a problem.
"You just need time to adjust to your new vision."
Um, no I don't. For years when I put on the new glasses of new vision it takes seconds for me to adjust. Never have I felt so sick when I put on both pairs.
Even my mom couldn't stand looking through them. We were shuffled away with the papers of my results, but not before the eye doctor reminded me about my disease and how I needed to make that appointment asap!
So my mother and I sat in the car wondering what to do. She suggested that I get a second opinion. Well Wallyworld happened to be next door, and they have a glasses shop. We went in and again we were the only customers. So I was immediately seen, and the doctor examined my eyes.
He stated that my eyes were very healthy, and wondered if I really needed new glasses. Confused I told him what happened at the other place, and he assured me that the woman was full of it. I then handed him my papers and he laughed. He showed me the vision numbers of what my sight was.
You know what that bitch wrote? 600 in my left eye and 550 in my right eye. My real vision is 250 left eye and 200 right eye. He said if I were to wear the glasses with those other numbers I would most likely faint or puke from my brain going crazy.
So we ended up buying a cheap pair of glasses with the more expensive lenses, and the woman who helped pick them out tossed in anti glare for me once she heard the story.
My mom was furious at having spent so much money at the other store, and so was I. I was so livid that the very next day I called them up and told them as calmly as I could (she could tell by my tone I was upset, and I apologized) that I wanted a refund.
When she asked why and I told her the whole story she let out a very loud sigh. It turns out the doctor they have pulls that crap with every single one of their customers. Every one of them she tells they have a horrid disease and that they have to get treatment at her expensive friends place or else they'll go blind. Most get so scared they hightail it over there, but the smart/suspicious ones call her out on her BS.
She asked if I was sure about the refund and I told her that I went to Wallyworld got retested and bought cheap glasses as they sold me a pair that made me physically sick. I also told her that I was so angry that I was never going to give them my business again.
Another sigh she said to come in and she would handle it. So we drove back, they took back the glasses and placed the cash on my card. As we stood up to leave I told the woman that she would be smart to fire that doctor.
She said she wished she could but that the woman was separate from their company or something silly like that. I suspect that the higher ups didn't care that the doctor was ripping people off so long as people paid for their glasses.
True to my word though, I never set foot back into the world of glasses and I'm not blind. Colorblind still though. :D