Today Ashley started the process of getting new glasses since his old ones are more than two years old and we were pretty certain the prescription had changed. We went with staff from the Optician in Kuşadası to a local hospital for an eye test, and learnt that for some unknown reason our GSS (Health Insurance) was no longer in place.
We paid for the eye examination (at 100 lira it was not unreasonable). It should have cost a lot less, but had we cancelled, gone to Tire to sort the insurance out, then back to Kuşadası, all the running around would have significantly eaten into any savings.
Back at the opticians we ordered the lenses, varifocal, transition, with anti-glare coating and scratch protection, at a very reasonable price. They will be fitted, into Ashley’s existing Flexon frames, and should be ready for collection on Friday afternoon. As part of the general customer service Ashley had his current lenses fitted into older frames, Hilary had hers adjusted and çay was provided.
Then since we were in Kuşadası and it was approaching lunch time we went for balık ekmek in the much improved square near the fish market. It was, as always, cheap and delicious. We did look into the fish market just in case there might be some tuna or swordfish – unfortunately no such luck. We did learn that the restaurant / locanta next to the fish market will cook fish bought by customers on the market. There was a good deal of trade in giant prawns, selling and cooking. Ashley may give this a try at some point.
We’d gone on the dolmuş in case the eye exam involved something that would make riding unwise but, once we got home with a few bits of shopping we hopped on the bike and went to the SGK office in Tire (about 35 km up the road in the opposite direction from Kuşadası). Which was fun and games as it is market day in Tire and, of course, we couldn’t resist a couple of purchases. Anyway, the people in the office were as puzzled as we were about why our insurance was suddenly stopped. They checked our documents, took some photocopies, filled out a form, and they reinstated it…
With all the issues we have had with GSS we will be checking in the pharmacy that we are both properly on the system, but they definitely did something, as we have now been able to pay our current premium.