My first appointment with Mincher-Lockett was in October 2015. I’d worn varifocal glasses for a considerable time, but, over the space of a couple of years, I’d noticed the vision in my right eye was getting increasingly blurry. I reported the problem to my original optician who said that my prescription hadn’t changed and my current glasses were as good as I could get. The following year I went to a different optician, who told me exactly the same thing, and it was a few months after that, that I turned up on the doorstep of Mincher-Lockett for a consultation with Sam Dave who got to the route of my problem in no time at all … I had cataracts in both eyes. At no time had cataracts been mentioned to me by the other opticians, and since I was in my 50’s, the news came as a complete surprise to me, but it certainly explained the trouble I’d been having.
Since that time I’ve had both my cataracts removed and I returned to Mincher-Locketts on Friday 13th of January for an eye test and to be fitted for new varifocal glasses. During my test, Sam asked if I wanted to have a more detailed examination with his new 3D OCT Scanner. Since it was going to cost an extra £40, initially I decided not to have it done because, since I had “new” eyes, I thought everything should be in perfect working order and it would be a waste of money. Anyway, I suddenly found myself saying “yes, let’s give it a go”, and, lo and behold, the 3D scan showed I now have a damaged optic nerve and I’m on the referral list once more. This problem would not have been diagnosed for many years if it hadn’t been for Sam’s new scanner, by which time my eyesight could have been irreparably damaged.
After my test it was time to choose the new frames for my varifocals. This normally takes me ages, working my way through all the frames on display, but at Mincher-Lockett the Dispensing Opticain sat me down (with a cup of coffee) and brought me half a dozen frames that she thought would suit me best, and within about ten minutes I’d made my decision and was given another appointment to go back and collect my new glasses in a fortnight’s time. I had read that Mincher-Lockett specialised in designer frames so I fully expected not to be able to afford to buy my glasses from them, but I was delighted that I was able to order a lovely multi-coloured frame for no more than I have paid previously for much less distinctive styles.
In the past my experience of collecting new glasses is that it takes lots of attempts to get them fitting comfortably, and even then I end up having some adjustments made after I’ve been wearing them for a few days. Also it usually takes a few days to become accustomed to new lenses. Not this time. I walked in, tried on the glasses, had one tiny adjustment made and walked out confidently in my new varifocals and have now worn them for 12 days in total comfort.
Would I recommend Sam, Eva and all the team at Mincher-Lockett’s … of course I would and have already persuaded my husband to have his eyes tested there too.