How to get the most of going to see the optometrist

It was our yearly visit to the optometrist this week, so we declared it a Day Out. This, then is how to get the most out of going to get your eyes tested.

  1. Choose an optician you know well and who knows you, if possible a relative.
  2. Declare it a Day Out and go in the campervan.
  3. Take a generous picnic of biscuits, cheese, chocolate and soda drinks. Remember to pack the milk in the fridge for coffee later.
  4. Make sure you have good company.
  5. Take a camera and aim for some unusual shots.

  6. Arrange for your optometrist’s clinic to be in a scenic seaside town with a pretty harbour. (Tarbert, Loch Fyne)
  7. Walk off the pupil-opening drops by laughing hilariously round the local craft shops and holding onto your partner. Hint – don’t lose the dog at this point.
  8. Finish off the day with a meal out in a good hostelry in another seaside town – Inveraray – only half an hour from home.

Finally, collapse in front of the television and watch wall to wall American detective shows. Couldn’t be better.

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6 Responses to How to get the most of going to see the optometrist

  1. Shuna says:

    that sounds like a good day out! And in such a wonderful part of the country. We spent a rather wet and miserable night in a tent near Inverary two summers ago but the lovely restaurant in Inverary made up for it!

  2. Tabor says:

    I must remember this prescription next time I have my eyes tested. Sounds perfect.

  3. friko says:

    This won’t work for me when I go to the optometrist, because her office is in a rather grotty place we only drive through. But we do a similar thing to go shopping in Shrewsbury, which is a lovely old town with a number of pleasant hostelries, book shops and markets. It also has the necessary supermarkets for the boring stuff, but without the pleasant aspect of the rest of the town going there would be a chore I’d rather not have to do.

    We must get our pleasures where we can!

  4. Marcia Mayo says:

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful way to live your life. Talk about taking to time to stop and smell the roses. I’m definitely changing optometrists, but the bad news is that I don’t have an optometrist relative who lives in Scotland.

  5. freda says:

    And the next trip to collect the lenses is even better. We get to do a three day campervanning trip to the south of Kintyre……. more pics then – unless it is chucking it down!

  6. Love the story. We have upcoming visits scheduled soon. I think I will try your approach, and see if I can get more out of the experience.

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