Mother's Eye Test

Mother. Aged 95. Deaf as a post. Eyesight iffy. Unintentionally hilarious.

We arranged a home eye test for my mother as her sight has deteriorated recently and she cannot get to an optician's. Mind you, she can see well enough when you are trying to hide something from her. ("Is that your third biscuit?")

Some poor unsuspecting young man from Specsavers turned up carrying a load of equipment. I warned him my mother was fairly deaf - but not completely. "Don't worry," he said. "I'm used to that." Of course he is, travelling all over the south west of England administering eye tests to lots of elderly people.

I go to the kitchen to make him a cup of tea. There set out on the worktop are mother's best tea cups and saucers, some hideous bone china receptacles with a swirly gold pattern. I use mugs from the cupboard and get an annoyed sideways look as I deliver the tea that tells me I have let her down in public. She saw those mugs well enough, at least.

Specsavers man was brilliant. Very patient. He joked with my mother while testing her eyes with various bits of equipment, not that she heard much of it but she laughed politely anyway. He diagnosed a mild glaucoma which no one had ever picked up before. My sister has glaucoma and we always wondered why no one else in the family suffered from it as it's supposed to be hereditary.

We got to the eye test with Mum reading the letters off an i-Pad situated on the other side of the sitting-room.

She did well with the first few letters, then she got to one she couldn't see and turned to me.

"Pat, what is it?" she asked and wonders why we all laugh.

Then she got to picking out frames. She tried on one pair. "That's no good," she said, disgusted. "I can't see any better with them at all!" Specsavers man explains patiently that she's just picking out frames and the lenses aren't in them.

In the end she picked out two pairs of glasses; one pair of bifocals and some reading glasses. Mr Specsavers gave her a letter for the doctor so she could get eye-drops for her glaucoma. All in all a good couple of hours' work.

We're now considering getting her a home hearing test. That should be fine. Shouldn't it? I SAID, THAT SHOULD BE FINE, SHOULDN'T IT?
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  1. Your mother sounds like quite the character!

    I love your writing. You made me laugh with the biscuit comment, and the rest of the post had me smiling the whole time.

    Thank you for that. :)

  2. Lovely glimpse into your day. This made me smile.

  3. Glad I found your blog! You are hilarious. Good luck with the A-Z challenge!
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  4. I really needed this laugh today. Thank you. Too funny.
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  5. That is so funny! Reminds me of my dad with his selective hearing. He couldn't hear you if you were standing in front of him but he could hear a whisper a floor away.

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  6. Your mom sounds awesome! I'm loving your A to Z Challenge. Sherrie.

  7. I love this. Such crisp writing and so full. Thanks for visiting my blogs today. I bookmarked you!

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  8. Your mother sounds charming! How great to have these services for the elderly. My mother just turned 92 and doesn't see all that well either, but her hearing is still good.