Day #352: Small Victories

I lose everything.  This spring when it seemed as if I was constantly traveling, I lost both pair of my eyeglasses.  I sucked it up for a while, but I finally just got tired of not being able to see.  I remembered that there was some sort of provision for eyecare in my health coverage and that at one time we even had a separate vision plan.  “What am I waiting for?” I thought and headed off to see the optometrist.  When I got there, the staff was friendly enough.  The doctor examined and then dilated my eyes and sent me to the optician while he waited for my eyes to fully dilate.

It seemed a little odd to me that he would suggest that I pick out new frames when I could barely make out any details, but who was I to argue.  I picked out a cute pair of designer frames and waited while the optician wrote the order.  When finished, she politely asked me for $400.  After I collected my dilated eyeballs from the waiting room floor, I told her that I would not be making a purchase.  What in the world?!  What about my insurance?  To add insult to injury, the office manager then presented me with a bill for my exam.  “$100 please,” she said.  Really?!  Are you kidding me?  I have insurance!!  I wrapped up the remainder of my visit while trying to hide the steam that was quickly escaping from my ears.  Did these crazy people really think that I was going to give them $500?  They truly do not know me!

Off I went in a huff with no glasses and no prospects.  The planets must have been properly aligned because just days after this incident, I heard about an online retailer that was giving away 10,000 pair of eyeglasses one day only.  Yes!  You read that correctly, they are GIVING AWAY FREE GLASSES.  Well, you know I am all about the free stuff, so I just had to check it out.  I ‘liked’ them on Facebook.  I copied down the coupon code.  I picked out a few styles that I liked.  I grabbed my prescription and waited for the big day.

Today, June 23rd is the big day.  I raced to my computer at 8 AM in order to get my order in before they ran out.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I really did score free (designer) eyeglasses.  All I had to pay was shipping and handling.  I can’t wait until they arrive so I can see if they are as good as they look on the screen.  However, with a no-hassle return policy, I figured that I couldn’t go wrong.  If you need a new pair of glasses, I highly recommend that you check them out.  Just go to:  http://www.coastalcontacts.com/tw-invitation.ep?id=6230442185.  When you get to the checkout, use the coupon code FREEGLASSES623.  You’ll be glad that you did!  So, the moral of the story is that good things come to those who wait.  Never be afraid to walk out of a bad situation and wait for something better to come your way.  OK, it’s not often that it gets as good as free, but keep your eyes open and you never know what you might find.  Now, if I can just get my money back on that eye exam!

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