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Optics... [May. 17th, 2004|08:55 pm]
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I had a really good conversation at the weekend with stephaniewalker about the benefits of contact lenses over spectacles.

I've been wearing glasses (permanently) for over 8 years, although I got my first pair when I was still at school.  I've always found glasses awkward and uncomfortable - Caroline will tell you how frustrated I get if there is even a eyelash on oe of the lenses!

Anyway, I've kinda been pursuaded to give contact lenses another try.  I did have a consultancy about 7 years ago in Bexleyheath, but the consultant couldn't put the lens in my eye.  For some reason, my eye kept closing whenever the consultant brought his finger towards my eye.  He even said at the time that he'd never known eyelids as strong as mine.  (Maybe that was a come-on? *shrug*)

However, Steph said she had similar problems in trying to get the lens in her eye, so she suggested some eyelid exercises for me to do.  Don't laugh, it's deadly serious! :oP

So, once I've found out what my employers policy is on DSE and Eye Care, I'm going to get an eyetest and contact lens consultancy booked in.  Probably with Boots, as they have been highly recommended.

Oh, you like my new userpic?? :o)

[User Picture]From: oblivious
2004-05-17 08:28 pm (UTC)
I couldn't be without my contacts! It's far too nice to be able to see all the way around you instead of just a frame of the world ;)

Have never had any problems with Boots and I've been with them for 9 years or so now so good choice :)
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[User Picture]From: emsee
2004-05-17 08:36 pm (UTC)
*puts in health & safety hat*

Employers basic obligations on DSE should be the same - if you habitually use a VDU (normally interpreted as more than an hour a day) then you have the right to regular eye tests paid for by the company (though this can be a basic test organised by the company rather than a test by an Opticion but a lot of firms just allow people to claim back the cost of a test by an optician - they may request a copy of the results).

If you need glasses purely for VDU work then I believe that companies are only required to pay for basic glasses (i.e. NHS equivalent) or the basic VDU part if they are byfoclals or similar so probably won't cover contact lenses (though they may just give you an allowance to put towards what you want).

If you get a test by an optician then you will probably need to state that you use a VDU before the test and they shoud carry out a test that takes account of that :)
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-05-17 09:04 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, my eyes were quite resistant to contacts when I went for a consultancy when I was 17. However I solved the problem by putting the lenses in myself, and then removing them myself too.

I hated the way they felt though and didn't have them.

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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-05-17 09:33 pm (UTC)
Pssssssst - eye eye! I have a photo similar to that, only it's a bit greener ;-)
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[User Picture]From: jena
2004-05-17 09:43 pm (UTC)
I got contacts during my senior year of high school, but I still don't wear them regularly. I had the same problem putting them in at first, and when allergy season is bad, I have trouble with them as well. I need to make myself get used to them again, though, because I don't like my glasses anymore!
Good luck with yours, it feels so wonderful when you realize you are used to them.
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[User Picture]From: little_laura
2004-05-18 07:11 am (UTC)
I actually had a lot of hassle with Boots contacts to the point I scrapped them and went with Dolland and Aitchison ones by post which are much better. On far too many occasions, the Boots ones came out the wrapper torn and then got shirty when they had to replace them. Hopefully though you'll have better luck than me!
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