Unlike many of the reviews I do on here, this one is for a company I've been a customer of for over 15 years - Specsavers - and it was in their Lisburn store that last week, I acquired my new marmite spectacles. Everyone who has met me wearing them since I picked them up on Saturday has either completely hated them or absolutely loved them so I'm quite excited about sharing on the blog to see what you all think <braces self>
Now for those of you who wear glasses, you'll know the drill regarding visits to the optician. It's an amazing health check for your eyes, going beyond assessing your sight to ruling out a number of sight-threatening medical issues. Since my last test, Specsavers are now taking photographs of the back of patient's eyeballs. So you really come out with the security of knowing your eyes are super healthy (albeit a bit short-sighted in my case).
|The back of my left eyeball!|
So sight test done, I was let loose in the shop to chose some new glasses from the Designer Range. I knew I wanted full-on statement glasses this visit. At the grand old age of almost 40, I am officially fed up with sensible specs. My prescription hasn't changed in years so I already have an accumulation of corporate-appropriate eyewear suitable for job interviews and funerals. This was fun-glasses time! Cue photo montage of me trying on basically every mad looking frame there was..
I then whittled it down to two - my marmite ones and some cat's eye leopard ones. And here's the thing - I could have both thanks to Specsaver's buy one get one free arrangement. Perfect.
|Left - Gok Wan 18 & Right - Osiris B26|
You can try both on online if you click on the links!
All in all the sight test and glasses choosing took just over an hour. 48 hours later, the specs were on my face. I call that first class customer service. And I've not even mentioned the staff in the Lisburn store who went over and above the call of duty to ensure I was looked after. Running in to the lab to bring out frames that had sold out but could be ordered in and showing me staff members with the same frame style themselves. But at the same time, not rushing me and not being too pushy. I like that because choosing glasses can be quite stressful - they are a very visible accessory so you want to be happy with your choice.
So here are some photos of me wearing the new glasses. Over to you guys - which do you prefer?
PS Thank you to Specsavers UK and especially to the team at Specsavers on Bow Street, Lisburn for supplying me with my new glasses.