Today I went for an eye test, not having been for two years. I ended up spending £198 on two pairs of glasses, which included a 25% discount voucher for the first pair.
It annoys me that I have to spend £200 every two years just to be able to see when the NHS covers far less important procedures.
It's also depressing to watch the facial expression of the assistant each time I move from the £139 frames she shows me towards the £40 frames. He/she makes a face like I've brought Michael Barrymore along with me.
I should point out that the staff were helpful and courteous aside from this. As a side note, the optician who actually tested my eyes with the letter chart and lenses was incredibly attractive and charming.
Not really the best time to chat someone up when you're sitting in a flexible chair with those weird goggles on. "I can't see you very well at the moment, but when I had my glasses on I could see how beautiful you are, and your small talk is rather lovely. Fancy a date, fuzzy person?".
My quibble wasn't with the opticians I went to (which shall remain nameless unless they screw up). It's the price I have to pay just to see clearly. If the government can afford the Millenium Dome and to part-fund the Olympics, can't they fund free eye tests and glasses?