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I broke my glasses recently, and I'm going to buy a new pair but I thought I may as well go for an eye test first to make sure I've got the most up to date prescription. I've phoned Black & Lizars to get an eye test and they said hat you are only entitled to a free NHS one every 2 years, and because I had my last one 18 months ago, it would cost me 36 if my prescription hasn't changed.

I went to Black and Lizars last time so I'm on their database, my question is then, if I went to another optician, would they know I had had a test at Black & Lizars 18 months ago and try to charge me? Is there like an NHS database or is it just the shop records they are going by?

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I broke my glasses recently, and I'm going to buy a new pair but I thought I may as well go for an eye test first to make sure I've got the most up to date prescription. I've phoned Black & Lizars to get an eye test and they said hat you are only entitled to a free NHS one every 2 years, and because I had my last one 18 months ago, it would cost me 36 if my prescription hasn't changed.

I went to Black and Lizars last time so I'm on their database, my question is then, if I went to another optician, would they know I had had a test at Black & Lizars 18 months ago and try to charge me? Is there like an NHS database or is it just the shop records they are going by?

I usually take a look at who is offering free tests, go there, get my new prescription, and then go somewhere else if necessary for the actual glasses. Shop aboot a bit ken?

Also - if you need your glasses for work, your employer might be obliged to contribute to your specs cost.

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I thought you were entitled to a free one every year, but I could well be wrong.

Nit. Every two years until you are 60.

http://www.nhs24.com/content/mediaassets/doc/Guide%20to%20free%20NHS%20Eye%20examinations.pdf

I usually take a look at who is offering free tests, go there, get my new prescription, and then go somewhere else if necessary for the actual glasses. Shop aboot a bit ken?

Also - if you need your glasses for work, your employer might be obliged to contribute to your specs cost.

Absolutely. I did that last time, I got my eyes tested at B&L, then took the prescription and bought a pair of specs online for a fraction of the price I would have paid in B&L. However they did fall to bits after a few months so this time I might try something a little bit more expensive than the 27 I paid last time.

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Taking things a step further, about ten years ago when I was still a student I actually bought the frames from a shop in Banchory, then got Specsavers to put the lenses in. The guy in Banchory took a major strop about it, but he was advertising the cost of the frames, didn't say anything about being forced to pay for his extortionate lenses. And Specsavers demanded to see a receipt before they would do it, so seemed to be frowned on in general.

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I got my last pair here.

Cheap Prescription Glasses Online - Cheap Glasses Designer Glasses, Reading Glasses ,Sunglasses & Prescription Spectacles - Ispectacle UK

They were cheap as fuck but as previously mentioned, fell to bits pretty quickly. A couple of months ago I was out drinking in the Moorings wearing them, when I woke up in the morning one of the lenses had fallen out and was nowhere to be seen. Presumably it fell out in the Moorings and I was so pissed I wore them all night and didn't notice there was no lens in them. :stupid:

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A couple of months ago I was out drinking in the Moorings wearing them, when I woke up in the morning one of the lenses had fallen out and was nowhere to be seen. Presumably it fell out in the Moorings and I was so pissed I wore them all night and didn't notice there was no lens in them. :stupid:

Was this a drunken attempt to bring the monocle back into fashion?

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They sell designer frames in TK Maxx with just glass in them, which you can then take to an optician to have lenses put in. One of my exes bought a pair of CK frames for like 15 from TX Maxx in Glasgow. I don't know if she ever got lenses put in them like, we split up shortly after :laughing:

Thats superb. It means people who don't wear glasses can wear swish fashionable glasses without the world looking like a fish tank.

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Well I needed a new prescription so it turned out to be free anyway.

Amusing tale - after I got the eye test, peripheral vision test, eye photos etc and got my new prescription, the woman in Black & Lizars took me round the shop trying to find a pair of glasses that I liked. She was just firing glasses at me "try these on, try these on, try these on etc" I found a few that I liked but cheapest pair was like 220 (for just the frames!) so I just said I'll leave it just now and come back at the weekend when I have more time (read - I'm going to Specsavers instead).

So I left and went back to work, sat down at my desk and pulled my old glasses out of my breast pocket, where I always keep them. Only instead of my old battered pair, I pulled out a brand new pair of Diesel frames, still with the 130 price tag on them. Seemingly while trying on glasses in the shop I'd absently-mindedly taken them off and pocketed them.

You don't get much cheaper than free :up: however due to my angelic and honest character I took them back :down:

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I don't think I've ever accidentally nicked before. When I was about 9 I shoplifted a troll doll from a gift shop on some school trip I was on. I was chuffed with myself at the time but every time I played with it I felt really guilty, like suddenly the cops were going to swoop in and take me away, and that just spoiled it. Anyway that doesn't count cos I stole that on purpose. My one and only forage into the world shoplifting. I can't remember where it was, or I would send them a fiver and a note with an apology. I've a feeling it might have been Deep Sea World but I'm not sure.

On that same trip I also found a soggy porn mag called "Clean Shave" in the toilets of a motorway service station. That got snuck on the bus up someone's jumper and passed around.

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i got my glasses and frames from specsavers for only 25, why people spend insane amounts on specs is beyond me,

i would never buy glasses over 50 tbh

i got my eyes tested in march, but i felt the prescription wasnt right, so i contacted them, they gave me the same spiel that if my prescription hasnt changed i would have to pay for an eye test, fair enuf.

when the test was over there was a change in prescription so i needed new lenses, so i thought instead of getting new frames again ill just get them put in the ones i bought in march. but no they said it would cost like 56 to do that. i said to them they only cost 25 all in so how can u charge me more?

so to 'save' money i went picked up the exact same frames from the display and paid the 25 for the full glasses

i hate opticians tbh although ive been going for more than 10 years now i hate when they have to shape them to your face and make you look at yourself in the mirror. i have no time for that.

especially when you go to pick up your glasses a week or so later, the whole sitting down waiting for them grrr, just give me my glasses so i can go!

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