Friday, August 14, 2015

At the Eye Clinic

Here's the view from my chair in the waiting room at the Wadena Hospital.
I had an appointment on Tuesday with the optometrists' clinic there.

About 10 years ago I got bifocals that I never used because I never got used to them. Instead I switch between reading glasses and distance glasses, and lately find that I see the television better without the distance glasses than with them. I figure my eyes have been changing and the eye test is a year overdue. The lenses on both sets of my glasses both seem a bit scratched. I'm sick and tired of carrying two pairs around, even though I can see without glasses; but noticeably read better with than without.

Most people I talk to who have gotten glasses at this particular clinic say they have not been satisfied with the glasses they got there or the way they were treated by the staff. But it is right in town and it is convenient to go there rather than drive an hour or more to another place, and I prefer to make my own judgments. My experience could be quite different.

Take this as an example of my not having the sense to take advice from those who have "been there." Or take it as an example of independent thinking. Probably it's a bit of both.

I found the staff perfectly pleasant, picked out a pair of frames as quickly as I could (because really they all start looking the same to me after I've tried on five pairs), and felt sick for two days at the cost of it all ($764). I had better be happy with these glasses when they arrive in two weeks.

You enter the building through the door on the right.

You go down the hall to the left to visit patients, and to the right to get lab tests done.


  1. The price of eyeglasses is shocking, isn't it Kate. I thought about trying to order them online, but my eyes are getting more complicated to accommodate, so I am not sure that will work. I have progressive eyeglasses, which are working well for me. I had a pair of progressive eyeglasses in the past, that did not work, as there was only a sliver of focus at any given distance, so that my head was constantly bobbing up and down to find it, I was like one of those toys with the bobbing heads that you used to see in the dashes of vehicles. The technology must have changed because now they are fine.

    I hope you have a good experience!

    1. Me too; they had better be worth the price (as if that's possible! I don't think it is, and the online providers prove it; many people have been very happy buying their glasses that way; but like you, when it comes to progressives ... I want a hands-on experience, somewhere I can take them for adjustments if necessary, and so on). The bifocals I had were like you describe -- always I was working to find the right place to look through, and I never did seem to find it. It got too irritating.

  2. So, did you buy two pairs ... one for distance and one for reading? Or did you go for the progressive? After reading I wasn't sure. If yes, very interested in your experience with them. A visit to an optometrist is way overdue for me. Keep putting it off. Mostly because of the price and the fun of picking frames!!

    1. I already have a pair for reading and another for distance, and have had enough of dealing with two pairs all the time. So I ordered progressives. Choosing frames is tough; it's not like you try a pair and look in the mirror and exclaim "These look fabulous on me!" The gal on staff "helping" kept asking me to turn from the mirror and show her and then would tell me what she thought of each pair on me and I thought but did not say "It's what I think that matters, so stop interrupting me when I'm looking in the mirror, trying to decide whether or not I like these damn things!" But I didn't say it out loud and I did appreciate her efforts.


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