A Little Promo For Local Private Eyewear Shops In General, Versus The Big US Chains

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    Aug 21, 2016 5:05 PM GMT
    Not for any business specifically, so I hope not judged spam. And first a little background:

    My husband got notified at his latest routine renewal for his Florida driver's license that he needed to have an eye exam. OK, good policy for the elderly. He also had to prove his native-born citizenship with about 6 forms, maybe not so good. He's not an immigrant yah know, born & raised here, his parents full citizens, too.

    He does all that, and his eye doctor says his distant vision is a little weak, but within State mandates. He signs a form attesting to that. My husband gets his State license renewal issued 2 months ago.

    A week ago our Florida State DMV sends him a notice that they are rejecting the doctor's determination (what bureaucrat decided that?), and he has 30 days to get eyeglasses fitted and have himself reexamined at a State station for an additional fee, to reissue a new license. Otherwise his current one they just issued is revoked.

    So we're in a panic. We never heard of anything like this. I began to form a plan and we go over to the local optometry shop, to speak with the eye doctor who examined him. He says he's seen this happen before, for no apparent reason. And he knows of no way to appeal it.

    OK, can you provide a copy of your recent eye exam for us to show at the DMV? Yes. I next speak to the optician owners. Can you make eyeglasses from this? Yes, have him pick them out.

    He did. They'll be ready to wear this Tuesday, 3 days. We go to the State DMV office later this week. Should solve the problem.

    But a lot of expense and bother we didn't see coming. I believe more easily solved because we use a very competent local optometry shop. Versus a big US national chain, that promises all kinds of low prices.

    Well, will they provide this kind of personalized service so quickly when you need it? Know your name when you walk in the door, understand and start solving your problem immediately, without resorting to a more senior manager? And frankly the prices are comparable, anyway.

    And I can give other examples of this kind of attention. I smashed my eyeglasses the morning I'm going out of town to setup a charity bike ride, that begins in 4 days. The night before the event one of the shop owners shows up with my replacement glasses to fit me, right at the registration booth that I'm running! OK, tell me what chain store would do that.

    Do consider local shops. For eyewear and lots of other things. I'm a big fan of dealing locally, not with national chains. I even buy our major kitchen appliances that way. And actually save money.
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    Aug 22, 2016 11:28 PM GMT
    colorado; if you re new on line they dont require a check up.
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    Aug 23, 2016 3:30 AM GMT
    BigJess said
    An 85 year old has no business driving. I am glad though that it appears he's come out of that health scare from a few days ago none the worse for wear.

    He's 82, not 85. And it's none of your business to judge his driving from your online perspective. He does very well. Are you gonna surrender your own driver's license when you reach your 80s? Assuming you even manage that feat.

    He's as sharp as any guy you'll meet. And judging by your idiotic comments here sharper than you are today. No one meeting him believes he's 82, assumes he's 60s-something, maybe early 70s. How many guys you know his age don't even need reading glasses, unless he's in a dark restaurant? I've needed bifocals since I was 43.

    The man is absolutely immortal, I've always told him he would outlive me. He's taken serious medical issues in stride and bounces back like they never happened. His doctors call him a walking miracle, I've heard so myself. Yeah, things happen to him, and I worry, but he's stronger than I am and indestructible, just keeps coming back. Obviously needs attention at these times, but who doesn't?

    So yes, he drives a car. And will stop when he can't. And now why don't YOU stop with this crap here? It appears to be your only function since joining this site.
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    Aug 23, 2016 2:55 PM GMT
    BigJess said
    I tried being nice to you and all I got back from you is nastiness. What's your problem?

    Ah, the injured puppy tactic. My problem is your own posts. And I'm not the only one here who feels that way. You insult everyone here, except maybe the Hillary Haters.

    I begin a thread about dealing with local merchants, and you post an unprovoked insult to my husband that suggests he's incompetent due to his (misstated) age. Yeah, you're real nice to me here, it's all my fault. Because I won't sit still for your disruptive personal attacks. And if you don't like a dose of your own medicine, too bad.
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    Aug 23, 2016 3:25 PM GMT
    My father was an Optometrist that had his own offices. He used to get a lot of customers that were unhappy with the big chains. He found that a lot of the prescriptions they were given were incorrect, probably because they did not take the time to give them a proper measurements.
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    Aug 23, 2016 9:03 PM GMT
    metta said
    My father was an Optometrist that had his own offices. He used to get a lot of customers that were unhappy with the big chains. He found that a lot of the prescriptions they were given were incorrect, probably because they did not take the time to give them a proper measurements.

    Well then you know. I used a chain for my first no-line progressive bifocals. After the military had issued me classic bifocals with those separate inserts. I hated them.

    It wasn't a matter of vanity to cosmetically hide the fact I had bifocals, I just hated using the awkward things. But after I got the progressives from the chain they were driving me cross-eyed. Went back twice before they discovered they had failed to account for my PD (pupil distance) measurement being asymmetrical.

    PD is the distance from your nose bridge to the optical center of each of your eyes. Some people have an equal distance, symmetrical, others an unequal distance, asymmetrical like me. This chain had made my lenses for a symmetrical person without checking me. Problem is, progressive bifocals are very sensitive to that, your eye center has to be measured perfectly.

    Nearly 25 years later I still wear progressive bifocals, as natural as wearing single-vision glasses are to me. As far as I'm concerned they're not bifocals at all. But I always know to mention my PD issue to the optician. With our local shop (and its lesbian owners are social friends of ours, we've gone sailing, dinner, done all kinds of things with them) they never overlook my optical need, it's on my record. And the entire staff gives us both wonderful treatment, we're all on a first-name basis.

    For some things chains can be fine. We like Macy's and Williams-Sonoma, for instance. But when it comes to medical care, including our eyecare, we want something a little more personal.
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    Aug 23, 2016 9:27 PM GMT
    Partial success, almost there. Got his new glasses today. We got him 2 pair. One has a metal frame, that will withstand the Florida heat of them being his "car pair" and left in the glove box or armrest. The other is a thin plastic tortoise shell, more for social functions, if he even wears them. He sees quite well, this whole State drill is really quite silly. An example of blind bureaucratic prejudice against the elderly. But no way to fight it, and we just wanted to quickly put this behind us.

    So next step is DMV to get a new driver's license marked with a vision restriction. I've had one for 50 years. That I really do need, I'm legally blind without correction. Just don't have an accident or violation without wearing your eyeglasses, no matter what your degree of correction is. Hence his special pair just for the car, so he always has them. I do think of these things.
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    Aug 24, 2016 1:35 PM GMT
    I saw our neighbor behind the wheel a few weeks before he passed away from terminal Alzheimer's.
    RIP.
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    Aug 24, 2016 2:01 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    I saw our neighbor behind the wheel a few weeks before he passed away from terminal Alzheimer's.
    RIP.

    That's strange. I knew some people who died from complications of advanced Alzheimer's. And at that point they were non-functional. Had to be confined and attended by medical personnel for months. And this guy was driving a car?
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    Aug 24, 2016 2:16 PM GMT
    BigJess said
    Art_Deco said
    Partial success, almost there. Got his new glasses today. We got him 2 pair.


    Why do you always talk about "him" as if he is an invalid? "We got him 2 pair." If he's not able to get himself a pair of glasses, he has no business driving.

    No doubt you'll be proud to know I shared your previous comments about my husband with some of our friends, as an example of the assholes one encounters on the Internet. A couple of them went into a rage, I had to calm them down. I'm afraid it didn't do the image of RJ any good. Wait until they hear this latest gem from you over lunch later today! They'll start breaking the dinnerware.

    Regarding your latest asinine comments, yes, I do arrange lots of stuff for him. I'm a better organizer of these things than he is, mundane though they are. Which from what he tells me would likely have been true 40 years ago, as well. He just doesn't organize and plan well, evidently never has.

    We each have our strengths, and organization is one of mine. He has his own personal strengths, where he runs circles around me. That's why I believe the most successful pairings are of guys who compliment each other, fill in the gaps, not mirror-image clones of themselves. Maybe if you tried that formula you'd be happier and not such a bitter hater.