4th May 2014
You remember when Him indoors went for an eye test recently - and he said he couldn't read the words on the card (because he can't read French!)? Well, then he had the problem of where to obtain actual glasses. (Should have gone to Mr. Bannister, to help cope with the stares!) In France you're supposed to only buy directly through an optician, but at last the EU has come up trumps. It's ordered the French government to open up the market, but the law is still awaited. British expats here have long bypassed the system by sending their French prescription to a British company on-line. However, French ophthalmologists fought back by withholding vital info from the prescription like the distance between your pupils - a bit difficult to do yourself in front of the mirror! Well now there's a breakthrough. The new Loi Hamon (named after the old Consumer Minister) has decreed that all French ophthalmologists must provide this pupil info on all prescriptions. Success. No good for Him indoors though as his doctor hadn't read the new rules. So, he ordered his new varifocals from British Spex4Less but needed me to take a photo of just his pupils and send it electronically. I know, don't make a spectacle of yourself!