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And what a week it was.
My spectacles made a strange cracking noise when I was testing a mother and son a week ago on Friday. I thought that perhap a lens had moved in the frame – I couldn’t see anything else amiss, so I thought nothing of it. On the next day, I popped my specs on to read an axis on the trial frame and the side departed from the front of the frame.
And I cannot find my spare varifocals, but……still, – nothing happened to “my good glasses”!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Entropy I guess? “Time’s arrow” – it dictates that everything will fail eventually and my specs were long overdue a change. I was bored with them and the bridge was scratched somehow, but most of all, my head was fatter than when I got them, so they left serious marks in the sides of my head. Laziness and other life commitments prevented me from ordering a new pair.
That Saturday, I made myself up a pair of distance only spectacles, thinking that I would be OK (enough) to read by removing them. Nope!
On Monday I managed to cut my lenses into another frame which also did not work all that well – it is a difficult job to get the centres of a varifocal exactly where they need to be when cutting them into a new frame – not only do the lenses need to physically fit in the newer frame, but they should also sit in exactly the correct position in front of the eyes. I thought the frame I picked would work, then I thought it would be close enough, but alas they have not been brilliant, or actually more than half decent.
My new lenses arrived today, so I am a very happy chappy! I can see clearly once again, at every distance.
But now for the moral of the story – make sure you know where your spare pair is – I suspect mine was in a car which was scrapped, but I never thought of them – until last Saturday.
I did briefly consider making myself a pair of readers to compliment my distance specs after my varifocal reglaze turned out less than brilliant, but I would rather be unable to read that well than have 2 separate pairs of specs.
But each to their own!
I am sorted now, and have another frame (and lenses to fit it) on order – don’t want to get caught out again!
I personally felt that I was a varifocal “disliker”, but having tried the alternatives, I will not be going back! Yes they have some annoyances, and after all, a jack of all trades cannot be the master of everything! But – I tried without, and I’m happy to be back!
Simon (Paul) Martin, husband to Sinéad, Victoria’s only brother and Paul and Patsy’s only surviving child had a bicycle accident about 3 weeks ago – he was very keen cyclist.
Unfortunately he went over his handlebars in a freak accident and never regained consciousness. He was wearing a helmet, but still suffered catastrophic head injuries, from which he could never recover.
Simon was taken off life support on Friday afternoon and passed away early Monday morning.
As a mark of respect, this practice will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week.
We will be open on Saturday morning as usual, though we cannot offer eye examinations on that day.
Business as usual next week, life has to go on after all, despite how hard it may seem to be.
Apologies for any inconvenience, but how much tragedy can one family have in 9 weeks?
In the movies they always say that it isn’t a tragedy to die doing something you love, maybe that is true, but it doesn’t feel that way for those left behind.
I really do sincerely hope that this will be the last unexpected practice closure for a very long time!!
Sadly after a long and unfortunately never winnable illness, Victoria the founder of McLeish Optometrists has passed away.
We will miss her every day – I was married to Vicky for only 22 years – though we together for 28.
She will be missed by many family members and friends, including the staff here – Neasa did not know Vicky before coming to work for us, but that was over 11 years ago. Sandra was Victoria’s friend for a long time before she came to work for us.
I guess that we will have a few days being closed, and perhaps a few more days of no testing, but after that, and more than ever, please do not be a stranger – no business will survive if no-one wants to call in because they may feel awkward.
We have all known about Vicky’s diagnosis since 2007, and we all knew that one day, it could take her away from us.
Please just give us a few days to get back to “normal”, and then do not hesitate to call us or call in.
Victoria Louise (Martin) McLeish 06/09/1971 – 25/07/2019
We usually have a late night on Thursdays – open until 8.30 pm, usually.
Due to a conflict of appointments elsewhere, obligations elsewhere and staff holidays we have no-one who can be here tonight to man the fort.
Apologies for the inconvenience, but for tonight only, we will be gone at 3.30pm. Was intended to be 5.30, but another change of plans.
Hopefully this will not be a regular happening, it is the first one since we started the late nights over 2 years ago, but tonight there is no other option.
Again, sorry for the inconvenience,