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High tech optician

Postby Kay » Mon 30 Nov 2009 21:21 GMT

I went for a long overdue visit to an optician's shop today. I was amazed at how high tech it all was. I've been used to doing some computerised stuff at the optician's on previous visits but this surpassed anything I'd seen before.

You know the thing you get where you put your chin onto a rest and look into the machine? It was like that but so much more. The machine was taking readings all the time, and the optician was asking me questions - better? worse? etc. And all the time he was tapping away on his keyboard. At the end of the eye test the machine spewed out what looked like a till receipt, but what was in fact the prescription for my new glasses.

It was really amazing. I wanted Dave to see this technology and called him into the consulting room to have a look.

Let's just hope I can see with these new specs. Gotta wait a week cos it's not a straightforward prescription.

Remember in ye olden days when they used to slot different strength lenses into a heavy frame which you had to wear and then try to read the wall chart?
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Postby Dave » Tue 1 Dec 2009 04:38 GMT

It looked like a pretty amazing machine.

I would have loved a go on it, but I'm lucky enough not to need glasses right now - even if Kay reckons I'm not very good at seeing what's in front of me. :P So it would have been a bit of a waste of time. Maybe in a couple of years...
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Postby Graeme » Tue 1 Dec 2009 05:46 GMT

I had one where they puff air onto your cornea to see how much deformation there is-something to do with pressure in the eyeball. Was weird but very interesting!
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 1 Dec 2009 07:15 GMT

Oh yes. I remember those heavy specs with the slot in lenses. Reminds me of this.

Talking of opticians and glasses. I paid about $300-odd for a new pair a couple of months ago. In the last three days, I've developed an astigmatism.... bugger.
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Postby Dave » Tue 1 Dec 2009 07:55 GMT

Great link, Alan - I don't remember seeing that before! :lol:

Graeme, I remember that weird air-puff test from my last eye test back in 1997. I was never entirely sure what it was for - I thought it was something to do with the general health of the eye, but couldn't work out what. Thanks for clearing that one up!
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Postby Kay » Tue 1 Dec 2009 10:13 GMT

LOL! I enjoyed the Two Ronnies clip as well. I thought I was like Ronnie C. - small, Scottish, and almost blind.

Sorry to hear about your own eye problems. My specs are also very expensive because I need varifocals. I can read perfectly well without any glasses at all, but it's a real PITA to have to keep taking the specs off every time I need to read anything.

I need specs to see the monitor, but I can't see the keyboard very well with them on. :roll:

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