My glasses snapped last week. I went straight to my optometrist at Rawlings. After thorough examinations and photos taken of my eyes, and a new frame and lenses, the total bill was over £400. I chose a non-designer frame.
Do I have a choice? No. Because I needed the service and my new glasses.
The alternative was to pay into an 18 month plan (at £8.50 per month). This covered free eye care, and the cost of my glasses and lenses will be cut by 25%.
I took out this plan. After doing some basic arithmetic at home, however, I worked out that the plan didn’t actually save money, but it made me feel that it was a better option. The plan did come with an accidental damage cover. However, I have worn glasses all my life and they were never accidentally damaged. I never needed this protection before. Now somehow I bought this protection with this insurance plan.
From this example, I feel that we often like to think that we have choices, but sometimes perhaps what we get is not a choice, but an illusion of choice. Ultimately I would still pay the same amount of money for my eye care.
My glasses are the most essential items in my life. Wherever I go, I always have a mini screwdriver in my wallet, to be used to secure my frame.
Some people may think that of course I have other options, like changing opticians and buying new glasses from another company. I tried these many years before, but in the end, I still returned to my local optician and received my more personal eye care.