A few weeks ago I was contacted by Specsavers who asked me if I wanted to review their contact lens service and of course I said yes. I have been myopic since the age of twelve but due to an unfortunate experience with contacts in my late teens I didn’t wear them for years and just relied on glasses. (The unfortunate experience consisted of me spending over an hour trying to extract a lens from my eye that wasn’t actually in my eye. I was lifting up my own cornea – pause for a collective shudder.) Anyway, I got back into wearing contacts a couple of years ago because my eyesight has gotten progressively worse and trying to see the display on the decks when I was DJing was a problem (and before you ask, you can’t wear glasses when you’re DJing because they get in the way of the headphones!).
I went into Specsavers Grafton Street store where I was given a very comprehensive eye-test by Mary using the latest equipment. Mary answered the many questions I had and gave me a print-out of my prescription. We then went downstairs to the contact lens department where I went through the various lens options with Grace. I generally use Acuvue Daily disposable lenses by Johnson and Johnson but was interested to learn that I could also buy monthly disposable lenses too. Grace ordered me two types of lenses to trial and I collected them a week later. I have been using the monthly lenses for a week now and they’re easy to use, plus they have the advantage of being much cheaper than the dailies.
The whole way along the Specsavers service was knowledgeable, comprehensive and very professional. Specsavers also have a wonderful scheme called the Easycare Scheme where you pay for your lenses by monthly direct debit and your lenses are posted out to you – hassle free and very convenient. In addition the Easycare Scheme has various other benefits including a free pair of glasses – you can read more here.
I will definitely be going back to Specsavers in future not just because of the good experience detailed above but also because my lenses are considerably cheaper when I buy them from Specsavers as opposed to my usual optician. After all, every penny counts these days!