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March 11, 2013

Specs Appeal

Dee and I firmly abide by a "Would we buy this ourselves?" rule when accepting and reviewing products. If it's not something that we would naturally  gravitate towards in our daily lives, we politely decline. Not only does this ensure we can give enthusiastic, passionate and honest reviews but, it means that this blog is full of (almost 1000!) posts which are a tight edit of products we genuinely like and recommend. We want to be a trustworthy source of opinion on the internet and we hope that the vast majority of you who visit everyday come and stay for that reason.

With that policy in mind, it was a very easy decision for me to make when Specsavers offered me the opportunity to try their service and select a new pair of glasses and to tell you all about the process. I was overdue an update on my prescription and my glasses themselves had recently suffered a nasty fall and were hanging on by a thread so, it was perfect timing!


I booked into my local Specsavers (Find your branch here) on Grafton Street and had my appointment last Saturday. To ensure that I got an accurate impression of the Specsavers service and how they operate, I made sure that no one knew I was there on behalf of the company (other than the Sales Assistant who booked me in obviously!). The first stop was to take images and check the pressure in my eyes with a puff of air. I was then sent back to the waiting area before being called by the optometrist for my eye test.

The eye test was standard; read letters, pick the clearest colour, focus on a hot air balloon. It lasted around 15 minutes including the test for contact lenses and I really have to commend my optometrist, Alana Moore. She was so knowledgeable and made me feel really comfortable. I must have been with her for almost half an hour from start to finish as she explained everything to me, from the meaning of astigmatism and the change in my prescription, to the internal workings of my eyes, including the images that were taken earlier. She was incredibly thorough and, from a consumer perspective, I really value that.


I was then passed on to a Sales Assistant who asked me what I had in mind for my glasses. My only prerequisite was that they had solid, bold frames and she, Freya, was able to select around 5 frames instantly which would suit my face shape. Having her input was invaluable as I have quite a small face and frames are often way too wide for me but, every single one she picked out suited me. This kind of client care seems to be entirely standard for Specsavers as I could overhear some of the other SAs advising and making recommendations to clients.

I eventually settled on this pair pictured above. They are from the Emporio Armani line that is new to Specsavers this March and are a larger frame which has taken some getting used to seeing on myself! After selecting the frames I was fitted for them and told to expect them by Wednesday at the earliest as they had to send away from the ultra-thin lenses. I got the call on Tuesday morning that they were ready; how's that for service?

I really like them and am loving how sharp and clear my vision is now! I find my poor sight (currently -2.25 in the left eye and -2.75 in the right. I am shortsighted.) to be extremely frustrating and to have a pair of glasses that I love to wear and that I know look relatively nice on me makes it so much more enjoyable to wear them on a daily basis. Specsavers have a huge range of glasses, starting from just €29  (including PENTAX standard single vision lenses, a scratch resistant treatment, case and cloth) and going up to €189 where the designers include Missoni, FCUK, Gok Wan and, of course, Emporio Armani. The whole range of frames can be seen here


One week on and I am thrilled with my new glasses. I did have some trouble adjusting to the larger lens size (think seeing an extra step when glancing at the bottom of the stairs and stumbling multiple times per day!) but, I have since gotten used to looking through the glasses - I used to look under my old frames - and have been happy out. So, thanks a million to Specsavers from giving me the opportunity to try their service!


I'm thinking of putting together some make-up tips for glasses wearers so, keep an eye out (no pun intended!) for that in the coming weeks!

Disclaimer: Specsavers invited me for an eye test and to pick some new glasses. I paid for the contact lens test myself!

12 comments:

  1. love your specs! looking pretty on your face xoxo
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  2. I would never go to anywhere other than specsavers. There service is always amazing.
    I need to go and pick up some new glasses soon mine are starting to get a little crooked.
    That shape on you is gorgeous, I always find it so hard to get a pair because the bridge of my nose is so narrow I end up looking like a librarian with them half way down my nose. X

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    1. Aren't they so good? Haha I have the same problem, it's actually amazing I could get a plastic bridge to work for me; usually I need the adjustable nose pieces! X

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  3. I was converted to Specsavers this year, my glasses now are SO clear it's unbelievable. Great service. Everyone in my branch wore glasses too, which I loved! Yours are gorgeous on you.

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    1. Thanks so much! Hahaha now I think about it, everyone there wore glasses too!

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  4. Your prescription is the same as mine and I totally get what you mean about going down steps. I walk down steps like an old lady when I'm wearing my glasses and stupidly high heels, which people who don't wear glasses always laugh at, but glasses wearers totally get.

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    1. Haha I am slowly getting used to it but, if I glance downwards as opposed to looking properly down, I end up seeing a ghost of a bottom step and taking an extra step and stumbling SO embarrassing in public!!

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  5. I am an avid specsavers follower. Always provide amazing service for my wonky eyes. Love their range of specs too.

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    1. They are great aren't they? So conscientious and don't rush you

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  6. Fab! I love the roxy brand specsavers do so keep going back . Even after a horrific experience in Drogheda during a contact lens trial.( optician made me cry cos I "wasted his time") But when I told the branch in Mullingar what happened they were so apologetic and lovely ! Great advice given on frames too!!

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  7. Love your lipstick here, what is it?

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