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  1. AnneElliot's Avatar
    Definitely great! It really made me want to go watch the show <3
  2. Hawkman's Avatar
    Well! Thank you all for taking the trouble to stop by and cast an eye or two over my little rant

    mtspur: Thanks for the complementary observation. Such expertise as I have in the art of blogging probably owes a debt to the habit of correspondence by which I informed family members of the absurdities of service life. This was back in the dim dark past when there were no mobile phones or email. In short, I'm well practiced in the art of writing.

    qim: that is a question which I have asked myself The answer is probably no, but I'll get the swines to provide me with a decent pair of glasses first!

    B4B: I am learning to be somewhat more forceful in my complaining, although I have, so far, refrained from resorting to drive-by shooting Actually, over here, doctors have very little to do with sorting out one's eyesight. It is the highstreet opticians who, if they feel it is warranted, will contact one's doctor if they detect something untoward. The family GP will then refer one to the appropriate eye hospital. There is actually a very good eye hospital in my home town, however, as I don't need eye surgury to remove cateracts or treat glaucoma, it is probably better not to fall into the hands of the National Health Service. The only time I've ever taken myself off to see them voluntarily was to have treatment for Arc-Eye.

    Anyway, glad to have entertained you

    Virgil: (sorry, I can't help associating that name with Thunderbirds) (You're not a Tracey are you?) I never say no to an international rescuer - lol. For the medical bit see my reply to B4B. The main problem is that these so-called professional practitioners don't actually listen to their custormers. They seem to assume that one is an idiot and incapable of communicating anything worth hearing. They wait for you to stop speaking and then just do what they do by rote. They never explain what they are doing or why. I told the woman that the prescription for my left eye was fine, but she ignored me and told me it had changed. I told her it hadn't and that the right eye's precscription had never been right. As I explained, she managed to get the right eye sorted, but instead of just transferring the existing prescription for my left to the new glasses, she started from there and proceeded to make it worse. She was only interested in answers to questions she asked, not information volunteered by me.

    prendrelmick: thanks, that is what I have come to suspect

    5thEl: yes, I agree, but I've tried Optical Express as well and they aren't much different. The only reason I went to Specsavers was to get an extra pair of glasses! I think I will write a letter of complaint to the CEO of Specsavers, see what that produces Glad you enjoyed the blog

    Live long and prosper - H
    Updated 04-02-2012 at 08:43 AM by Hawkman
  3. TheFifthElement's Avatar
    It sounds like you need a better optician. I don't know many people who have had a good experience with Specsavers, but my advice to you is that if you can't see through your glasses you should ask for your money back. Some adjustment may be expected, but the initial experience should be that your eyesight is clearer. Ask for a refund in accordance with your rights under the Supply of Goods and Services Act - that should make them stand to attention. Another good trick is to write to the Directors or the Group Chief Executive - again, this often gets their attention in ways that complaining directly to a member of staff does not.

    Nicely written blog by the way. I love your style Hawkman
  4. prendrelemick's Avatar
    To Specsavers, you're just a number, if you don't fit into one of their pre-designated catagories, they don't know what to do with you.
  5. Virgil's Avatar
    Perhaps I'm not quite understanding everything. If you're seeing double vision, you better go to a good ophthalmologist. As to you vision changing, unless there is some disease going on, it's usually because the cornea changes dimensions over time, and that's due to the shape of your eyes and the way they wear the cornea or a more predominant use of either near sight vision or far sight vision. People who read a lot will tend to be near sighted because the cornea is more frequently forced to a near sight shape, and you can almost think of as being whittled toward that shape. The opposite is for far sighted. If you think there is something going on beyond that, you better check with a good eye doctor.

    Now that I think of it, a few years ago I had an ophthalmologist at an eye glass store tell me she saw something on my retina. I think it was specks or spots, I don't remember exactly. She had me go to a specialist. Scared the dickens out of me, but she turned out to be wrong. The specialist did quite a few extensive tests to make sure. He told me there was a percentage of times that doctors just get something like that wrong.
  6. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    Hawk- This is what I think as a loud New Yorker: Stop being so polite and complain loudly! I'd file a complaint or threaten to do so. Can you can talk to the doctor- maybe she can help straighten this out?

    Given my rude opinion, I can sympathize. My husband had a problem with his glasses from Costco. It's a huge national retail warehouse that offers glasses at a discounted price. Let's just say, if it's a bad day, you get what you pay for. They are staffed by similar types compared to the ones you describe. He was given wrong information and until he made a call to the doctor, nothing was going to change.

    As usual, your writing lovely. Thanks for the good reads and best of luck.
    Updated 03-31-2012 at 09:52 PM by Buh4Bee
  7. qimissung's Avatar
    Are you sure you want to continue using them, Hawkman? I think you have received a clear message from the universe to use a different shop-one that's competent.

    Your decision, though. Good story. One you could probably tell with your eyes closed
  8. mtpspur's Avatar
    Well written slice of life account which I envy oyur ability to express so well. Customer care HAS gone downhill the past 10 years or so--I suspect it's sort of a version of 'getting by'.
  9. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkman
    Tell me, what is it about Phil that makes him interesting; is it his status of millionaire, the big game hunting or the fact that he can do an evil smile? LOL.
    Hmm, I would have to say the combination of all of them together. Kind of reminded me of a Hemingway short story. "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber." [Not sure if I spelled that last name correctly.] It's a good story. Read it if if you haven't.
  10. Hawkman's Avatar
    Hi Virgil, long time no speak. Thanks for casting an eye over me blog and I'm glad it amused Tell me, what is it about Phil that makes him interesting; is it his status of millionaire, the big game hunting or the fact that he can do an evil smile? LOL.

    live and be well - H
  11. Virgil's Avatar
    Phil sounds like an interesting man. Pretty funny.
  12. Hawkman's Avatar
    Thank you both for stoping by to read and finding something to give you a laugh in me little blog qim: Doubtless his devoted mate spent sufficient time in grooming her alpha male to rid him of parasites I can't say for certain as I didn't stay to watch - lol.

    B4B: You're welcome

    Live and be well - H
  13. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    Smart humor Hawk! And well written. Thank you for the laugh.
  14. qimissung's Avatar
    lol. Maybe you should lobby for a gift from said royalty for your good services toward the swan.

    On second thought, maybe not.

    What did Bill do about the flat flies?
  15. Hawkman's Avatar
    Thanks Silas. It really is what they do best
  16. Silas Thorne's Avatar
    Terrific! I remember the cold quiver of fear when a dalek suddenly burst into the room at the end of an episode, shrieking 'Exterminate! Exterminate!' at full volume.
  17. Hawkman's Avatar
    I posted this and forgot about it. So thanks to the 87 people who read it and to Prince and lallison. Hey lall, nice to know you're prowing around Personally, I miss your input.

    Live and be well - H
  18. Hawkman's Avatar
    Thanks Jack, but I haven't seen your cheque yet - lol
    Updated 08-15-2011 at 11:07 AM by Hawkman
  19. Jack of Hearts's Avatar
    That's quite an honest sect you have there Hawk.

  20. lallison's Avatar
    love it
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