Having decided that the eye surgery was too risky, I forfeited my, not inconsiderable, deposit and withdrew. My aim now is to try and source some contact lenses that I can wear comfortably and glasses that don't require scaffolding to wear without nose fatigue but don't make me look too scary. I'm also looking for advice on managing my dry eyes.
This left me searching the Internet for someone who may be able to help with my eyesight issues. I came across an independent optician that seemed as though they may just be able to help.
I was surprised to find that the optician was actually only a few minutes drive away in Ossett town centre. It was down a street we rarely walk down and maybe even if we had it wouldn't have warranted a second glance.
As a first step I emailed explaining my problems and quickly had a reply saying that they could supply me with thinner lenses for my glasses prescription - something that I was told was technically impossible by several large lens manufacturers - so I made an appointment.
I was told to take along everything I had relating to my eyes so, Martin, the owner/optometrist could get an idea of the present position.
After a long conversation and telephone calls to my previous optician (belonging to a large chain) with requests for information to be faxed across, my prescription was reassessed and found to have changed very little despite being eight weeks without contact lenses. It was decided that this appointment would focus (no pun intended) on sorting out some better glasses and that a second appointment would work on my dry eye problem and contact lenses.
I was then passed to Rachel, the dispensing optician who had already been researching lens options for me. She explained that she could source thinner glass lenses but that ironically because the glass was denser they would be heavier. Another option was blended lenticular lenses in plastic which would be lighter although could look a little strange from certain angles. I decided to give these a try. Rachel rang the manufacturer for advice on the type of frame that would be best and then we chose a frame ( I actually got to choose a frame rather having the choice of two at my previous opticians when my first selection was rejected as unsuitable after being sent to the lens supplier and returned by them).
My new glasses should arrive after Christmas and I have also booked my contact lens/dry eye appointment. Apparently there are lots of different types and materials of lenses so Martin is hoping to find one that suits me and he also specialises in managing dry eyes.
So fingers crossed again - at least this time I was treated like a person rather than the owner of a pair of problem eyes. My appointment actually lasted over two hours.
It will be a while before I find out whether this time things will work out but I think I have found someone who will try the best that they can for me and I can't really ask for more can I?
Hoping to manage a plot visit tomorrow for a much needed harvest. With a bit of luck I can get back to garden blogging before more followers pull the plug on me.