Glasses have always been a big part of my life. By the second grade I received my first pair of glasses, as I aged the lenses got thicker. It got to the point where I couldn’t even tell there was a big E on the eye chart with my left eye and through my right eye it was all a blur. My astigmatism was so bad I was unable to wear disposable contacts.
Everything changed in my mid ’20s when I goteye surgery. It was worth every penny. I went from wishing it was practical to wear glasses in the shower, to not needing glasses at all. Over the years my eyes have degraded and I’ve had to get glasses again, but it is not even close to what it was before Lasik.
It has been well over a decade since I’ve had actual vision coverage from an employer. I’ve done a free clinic to get my prescription, but that is the only eye checkup I’ve had in the last 10 years. I’ve decided to use those benefits and see an optometrist,. My choice of doctor was based on how many steps I would have to take from where I live. There is a nice office only a couple of blocks from me.
I did the normal process of filling out paperwork, showing medical cards and identification. The receptionist showed me a write up of an optional method that I could do instead of the normal eye dilation for the glaucoma check. It sounds all good, but it wasn’t covered by my insurance and I’ve never been bothered by getting my eyes dilated before. I had my sunglasses and my home is so close I could probably make it blindfolded if I had to. So I passed on the extra $39 charge for the Optomap.
Time have changed or this particular office was fancier than previous eye doctors I’ve been to. There was a lady who functioned pretty much like a nurse does for a doctor. She did the quick basic initial tests, measurements, and blood pressure. After I was taken to the main eye doctor’s office and she did a quick look through my papers. She asked me if I wasn’t getting the Optomap because of the cost. Ever so slightly annoyed I said that I never had an issue with getting my eyes dilated and I plan to go to bed as soon as my appointment was over, so why waste money on the extra cost. She proceeded to let me know how it is nice to keep a record to be able to reference back to and I should consider getting it done next time.
She finally leaves and the actual eye doctor came in. He sat down and looked over my paperwork. After looking over my papers he proceeds to give me the same exact spiel the other 2 ladies gave me, “Why are you not getting the Optomap” and “It is really something you should consider for the future”. I look up at the wall and I see a very large poster advertising the Optomap. At this point, if they offered it to me for free I would of said hell no. I figure that the office must get some kind of bonus for getting people to take the Optomap option.
Everything else went well. I finished my eye exam and got the drops for my dilation. Waiting for it to take effect, I was led back out to the lobby to choose frames. I really don’t require a stranger’s advice or help on choosing frames, but the receptionist felt it was her duty to help. She kept pulling frames for me to try. Of course everything she pulled was in the $300-$500 range. I get $120 towards frames and a small discount on anything that goes beyond that. She of course doesn’t question what my budget is. I think she was starting to give up hope on me, but I plucked out an Eddie Bauer frame that looked decent on me and looking in the mirror I saw the $105 price and found myself to be even more attractive with them. She of course asks if I’m sure, and I say I’m positive.
I’m sent back to the office for the bright light in my dilated test. Everything looks good, so back out to the receptionist to take care of my bill. On a post-it note she has list of everything: $10 copay for exam, free lenses, free frame, $61 anti-glare = $71 final bill. I’m starting to feel a little angry and mean Kim is starting to come out. I point at paper and ask, “What is this $61 anti-glare thing”. She tells me how much she recommends it for everyone. I tell her how I have never ever gotten that and have survived quite nicely without it so far. As she is writing up my final bill, she asks to see my current glasses. I hand them over and she looks at them and says, “oh these don’t have anti-glare on them”. Did I not say I have never got that before!? In the end I walked out with just paying $10 for exams and new glasses, but after I pick up my glasses and get a copy of my prescription I will probably never ever go there again.