Friday, November 14, 2014

Specsavers Collaboration and New Glasses!

Last week I was invited to go along to the Specsavers store in Leeds to pick out some new glasses and to try out the service they offer. I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old, but Specsavers is not somewhere I have ever gone for an eye test so I was excited to give them a try. Plus, I’ve had my present glasses for almost two years now so it was about time for an update.

I was greeted at the store by several friendly staff members and was treated to a very thorough eye test, which included an eye health check. The optician, Chandra, took photos of my eyeballs and then I was able to view them on her computer screen. Pictures of my eyeballs are not something I have ever seen, and I’m not sure I would be in a hurry to see them again frankly, but Chandra explained that they take the pictures so that next time you have an eye exam they can compare those pictures to the previous set and check for any changes.

Once my prescription had been confirmed it was on to the fun part: picking out some frames! Specsavers have specialist frames stylists on hand to help and advise you and a lovely lady called Annette was assigned to me. I learnt something I didn’t know before: the numbers on the arms of glasses frames are to do with the size of frames and, as my measurements had been taken, Annette was able to ascertain whether a particular frame was the right width for my face. I was keen to try on lots of styles and was hoping to pick out something a little different from what I’ve had in the past. As you can see, there were a lot of options to choose from!

They have a tablet type device on the wall that takes photos of your so you can compare your shortlisted pairs side by side and see which you like the best.

Eventually I selected two pairs I was happy with and, after checking with the on-site lab that they would work with my super complex prescription (being so short sighted is bane I tell you) Annette took down the details and placed the order.

The frames I chose were both from the £99 designer range. First up is these fabulous turquoisey-teal pair by Firetrap. I love the retro inspired cat eye shape and the colour, well, the colour is just amazing and unlike any glasses I’ve ever had before.

For the second pair, I went with a similar shape but slightly larger lenses in a burgundy-pink colour. This pair is by Gok Wan who should know a thing or two about wearing glasses as he wears them himself.

Two days later I got a call to say my new glasses were ready for collection: that is a very impressive turnaround time! I went to the store to pick up my glasses and a staff member in the designated fitting area checked the fit of the frames and provided me with cases. I was a little enthusiastic when asking for adjustments to the arms though, and found that they were digging into my head behind my ears. This isn’t a problem though as Specsavers will provide free aftercare for the life of your spectacles. I was able to pop along to a store near work the following day and have further adjustments made so that the fit is more comfortable.

The Leeds store staff are very friendly and I met the Retail Director Louise Harvey too who chatted to me about my blog.

If you are looking for new glasses Specsavers currently have a range of offers available including 2 for 1 on their £99 designer range and the £69 range. Check out their website for more details.

Disclaimer: I was provided with vouchers by Specsavers to cover the cost of two pairs of glasses. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Wow, both frames look perfect on you! Love the color and shape of each one.

  2. Hi Fi

    I love both of these glasses, they really suit you and Specsavers seem to have done a great job on thinning the lenses too. Will you be doing another "my new glasses" post, like with your previous pairs? I found that really interesting with regards to model numbers, sizes etc. and to see the frames from different angles. I see it's up near the top of your most popular posts so I guess I was not alone in finding it useful!

    Well done on making another good choice with your frames

  3. Hi Fi - I particularly love the burgundy pair, but couldn't see them on the Specsavers website. Have you got the model number please? Like you I am very shortsighted (-11 in one eye and -9.75 in the other with astigmatism) and they seem to do a good job of hiding the lens thickness from what I can tell. Any chance of some more pics of the frames from different angles?

  4. Wow! These two new frames are stunning, and lucky you getting them free too - my glasses always cost me a fortune!

    I particularly love the burgundy Gok Wan frames - couldn't see these on the Specsavers website, so can you provide further details of model number size etc. please?

    I think the pseudo cat eye shape is really in now, although I haven't plucked up the courage myself yet. I'm due an eye test soon so may well treat myself to some new frames. I've just turned 40 and am finding the print on labels and text on my phone seems to be getting smaller so I fear the opticians are going to recommend varifocals (they hinted as much last time too!) so I can't think that is going to help the cost either.

    Thanks for flying the flag for us bespectacled girls - you really show that it is still possible for frames to enhance a look and how to vary a look by choosing a different frame style. You're an inspiration!