About a week ago, Hilary fell over in the Artemis Temple and scratched her glasses. She also sustained some nasty bruises but those have gone now… The scratches were too deep to polish out and, whilst they had no drastic effects upon her vision, Hilary was due for an eye test anyway. So we decided to get her new glasses, involving a new eye test and a new prescription.
On Monday we went to Kuşadası to visit Lara Optik. They are highly recommended on the Kuşadası forum. Our confidence in the place was further boosted when a friend walked in at the same time as us. Necdet was very helpful and very personable. He arranged an appointment at Ada Göz, a private eye hospital which offers a hefty discount for people with GSS – the Government Health Insurance scheme in which we are enrolled.
We had an hour or so to spare so we went for tea at Guvercin garden, the Belediye run tea garden right on the waterfront. No cruiseships this time of year though the harbour was not exactly empty… It seems the US navy were in town although we did not see any sailors.
After tea one of the guys from Lara Optik gave us a lift to the Eye Hospital, whereupon we discovered that Hilary was not registered for GSS. Ashley was registered and Hilary should have been registered as his dependent… We ended up payıng for her eye test. 120 lira. Not unreasonable but somewhat annoying. For that she not only got an eye test and glasses prescription but examination, treatment and eye drop prescription for some irritation she’s been suffering recently.
Back to the optician for a discussion of options. Hilary chose some frames and expensive varifocal lenses All in all about what the same as the equivalent would have cost in the UK.
The next day we went to sort out the Health Insurance problem. Not being on the system was worrying. This involved a trip to Tire on the dolmuş. It was market day so things were hectic. Ashley remembered the way to the SGK office where, after we explained what we wanted, the security guy issued us with a numbered ticket. We waited about half an hour then explained to the memur that Ashley was on the system but Hilary was not (we had taken along our translated and notarised marriage certificate, though they already have a copy of that). At first we were told it was because we had not got the paperwork from the nüfus office in Selçuk. We explained that we had delivered that back in September. Then the memur who originally dealt with us came over, showed the other guy how to put Hilary on the system, put her on the system and told us that she would be on the system should we return to the hospital straight away.
Today we went back to Lara Optik in Kuşadası to collect Hilary’s glasses. They are purple and, she thinks, quite becoming. As they are varifocals it will take a while to get used to them but she already notices a big improvement for reading, sewing and using the computer. And hopefully (inşallah) in future seeing her feet and the corresponding part of the ground at the same tıme.